Children on Nauru deserve Royal Commission

MJA, 22 August 2016
Author: Nicholas Talley
“Should we, a highly educated profession which knows the overwhelming evidence that detention is causing harm, speak out even more loudly and forcefully and insist on change? I would argue yes. Laws that unnecessarily limit free speech, like the Australian Border Force Act 2015, and secrecy provisions that protect governments, not their citizens, should be removed from the statute books. I would go further; we should lobby for constitutional amendments that better protect all our rights. I welcome the interest that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has expressed in the case of the Nauru children, but they deserve more.”
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