At 9 am the survivors will be loaded in a bus and taken to the airport unless there is a change of heart.
A 9 year old orphan boy will define this Immigration Minister in the same way that Shayan Bedraie defined the view of Phillip Ruddock.
What is done to this boy will also define the view of Ms Jackie Wilson the Dep Sec of Detention. This is her test of humanity.
If the Minister and his team decide that they have to provide a show of strength by sending a little boy back to an island camp where life is primitive and even primary school is denied to him, then we will know once and for all what manner of man is the minister and how superficial is his commitment to getting children out of detention.
If on the other hand they decide to use the policy designed for the vulnerable and release the boy into community detention and the care of
his family here, we will have hope that some small measure of compassion still exists in the Immigration portfolio.
Both the politicians and the department are at odds over this matter.
The decision is in the hands of the Gods – all of them.
This morning a Complaint was lodged in the Human Rights Commission urgently requesting investigation on behalf of Sinan the 8 year old orphan survivor of the shipwreck tragedy, who is about to be sent back to a camp on Christmas Island.
The complaint concerns numerous provisions under CROC, including failure of DIAC to act in the best interests of the child, breach of Article 37, and the failure to enable family reunification.
The Commission is asking the immigration department to suspend this transfer while the matters of the complaint are investigated.
The whereabouts of the boy and the survivors is now not known but they are still in Australia. DIAC have taken them somewhere.
Last night at 10pm Visitors to the survivors were told by Immigration to come back at 9am.
They were told that the survivors would be bussed to the airport at 9am.
They have gone. Where are they?
Did Immigration drag them out of their beds in the early hours on this morning and put them on a plane?
Where are they?
IS THIS REALLY OUR AUSTRALIA?
Ministers Office wont say.
Grave concerns that they may have been spirited out of Villawood in the dark hours and be in the air now.
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THIS LITTLE BOY will be flown 5304 kilometres to Christmas Island only to then be flown 5304 back to Australia?
The Minister says that the child will be released to Community Detention “soon”.
OTHER FAMILIES REPORT THAT THE SURVIVORS WERE LAST SEEN AT 3.30 AM.
It is believed that they are now in the air.
Other families say that they were sent to their rooms at 3.30am and heard nothing more.
One wonders what people were told that they left so quietly!!
Yes this was in the Herald Sun – the Herald Sun finds its heart.
17 Feb 2011