Dr Faruqi to move—
1. That this House notes that:
(a) 19 July 2017 marked four years since the then Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed the ‘PNG solution’ to establish an offshore detention centre on Manus Island,
(b) at the time, Mr Rudd declared that any asylum-seeker who arrives in Australia by boat would have no chance of being settled in Australia as a refugee,
(c) a fortnight later, Mr Rudd declared a similar agreement with Nauru,
(d) the Liberal-National Government has continued with this cruel policy of offshore detention,
(e) four years on, eight people have died under the watch of the Australian Government and more than 2,000 people are still suffering in these detention centres,
(f) in July this year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said offshore detention of asylum seekers ‘has caused extensive, avoidable suffering for far too long’, and
(g) international organisations, such as the United Nations and Amnesty International, have declared Australia in violation of international laws for its treatment of asylum seekers.
2. That this House calls on:
(a) both Labor and the Coalition to have the courage to admit that they made a mistake in locking up asylum seekers in offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, and
(b) close detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru immediately and re-settle asylum seekers in Australia.