Australia’s offshore detention regime is a brutal and obscene piece of self-delusion

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The billions spent on an armada to Australia’s north and west is stopping people smugglers, not the government’s needlessly cruel stance

  • Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson |The Guardian

The most dangerous mistruth in current Australian politics is that in order for lives to be saved at sea, other people – accused of no crime – must be indefinitely and arbitrarily punished offshore.

Asylum & patrol boats 1a EPA Scott FisherAsserted with increasing confidence as fact, this unproven link is used to justify Australia’s brutal regime of offshore detention as a necessary condition for a policy that, however harsh, ultimately serves a…

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