Christmas Island detention

ABC News 9 July 2014: Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has confirmed that 10 women have tried to kill themselves at the Christmas Island detention centre. This was their way of trying to get their children out of detention and to have a better life. In response the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, says his government will not be held “over a moral barrel” by the attempted suicide of people being held in detention. I find it extraordinary that Mr Abbott would use a moral plea to justify immoral policy and practice.

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