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The Apology: To the refugees, we say sorry

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Tuesday 21 May 2019

The Apology: To the refugees, we say sorry. 

Delivered by David Manne at the Communities in Communities in Control Conference 2019 

The year is 2030. On behalf of the Australian people, the Prime Minister apologises to refugees, now resettled in Australia and elsewhere, for the conditions they were forced to endure in offshore detention camps. As Australians, we reflect. How could we allow this to happen? What could we have done to stop it?

I am proud to have delivered this speech at the Communities in Control Conference.

However it is 2019, and we started this week with one main thing on our minds: the terrible uncertainty that plagues the plight of the many distressed people who seek our help.

We need your help to break the cycle of injustice.

But there’s one thing that remains certain: we will continue to do all we can to promote and protect the rights of vulnerable people in need of our help.

Just this morning we faced a barrage of calls from people seeking asylum who all asked the same question: What happens now?

Our answer is resounding. We will defend to the end their rights and lives in the face of the cycle of uncertainty and injustice. And ensure that they get a fair go before the law. In doing so, we draw upon our fundamental principles – of fairness, justice and human decency – through legal help and working for change.

As you know, Refugee Legal has fought this fight for over 30 years and we will keep fighting for justice and change. We know that our work so often changes the course of peoples’ lives immeasurably for the better.

Right now, there are many thousands of people who need our expert legal help. Amongst them:

  • There are thousands of people subject to the so-called Fast Track system who still need legal help to pursue their claims for protection. 
  • There are thousands of people at risk of being stripped of their basic income support, housing and torture/trauma counselling who face destitution in or community while waiting for the government’s decision on their protection case. 
  • There are many hundreds of women seeking protection from family violence coming to us in dire need of help for themselves and their kids.
  • There are many hundreds of people on Manus and Nauru needing critical legal help, including those who need urgent evacuation on medical grounds.

We thank you for standing with us and working together with us to break the cycle of injustice for so many.

Please consider a donation to help us to help refugees who deserve a fair go before the law and the chance to build a better life in safety.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting the work of Refugee Legal.

Yours sincerely,

David Manne
Refugee Legal
Executive Director & Principal Solicitor

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