The Waters of Accountability are Murky When it Comes to Our Naval Security and Detention Operations

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In this special edition of Young Sheilas, viagra Grace Mountford writes about the secrecy and lack of accountability surrounding detention centres and boats, viagra sale and that when it comes to the treatment of asylum seekers – one so concerned with basic human rights – Australians deserve the truth.

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The recent mass hunger strike on Manus Island, and a response to plans to resettle 50 detainees in Papua New Guinea, once again brought this nation’s treatment of asylum seekers into the public consciousness. In the following weeks, two more significant developments in Australia’s immigration policy space have been brought to light. One is the decision by the High Court that the detainment of 157 asylum seekers at sea for a month last year was lawful. The other is the government’s admission that fifteen boats containing 429 asylum seekers were turned back during 2014. When it comes to Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, we have a lot to be concerned about. However, there is perhaps no greater cause for concern than the secrecy and lack of governmental accountability in this policy space. From the media blackout to the responsibility diffusion that occurs as a result of offshore processing, it’s time to open this area up to policy scrutiny.

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Since the late 1990s, immigration detention facilities have been operated by the private sector. In the 2007 election campaign, the Labor government ran the platform of returning these facilities back to government control, but in the end they opted to stay with existing arrangements. It was justified by the fact that the tendering process was already well underway, and there was a lack of public providers. Yet there is another reason that current and past governments have been attracted to outsourcing immigration detention.

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Contracting these services out means that officials can place responsibility and blame at the hands of the private operator. Bring in a foreign government by housing the facility outside of Australian soil, and you’ve got a dream scenario for a government that wants to avoid accountability.

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Each time an incident occurs in an immigration detention centre, such as the death of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati, the response is the same. The Minister for Immigration and Border protection contends that blame lies with the private security contractors and the involved foreign governments. The foreign governments, in this case Papua New Guinea, argue that these centres are Australia’s responsibility to maintain. The involved private security contractors also argue that ultimate responsibility lies with the government and thus, nobody takes the blame. It is a politically expedient strategy that assures when it comes to accountability in immigration detention facilities, the buck never has to stop anywhere. commodity futures brokers

The media secrecy around naval operations and immigration detention is a further cause of concern. As reports of the events on Manus Island broke, Peter Dutton the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection initially denied that a hunger strike was taking place. He was eventually forced to recant and acknowledge the strike when the true extent of unrest was revealed by sources inside the compound. There have since been contradictory statements from the involved governments. Peter Dutton has stated that asylum seekers armed themselves with makeshift weapons. These claims have been denied by a spokesperson for the government of Papua New Guinea. Without open access for the media to act as a watchdog there is no way that the conditions on Manus Island can be accurately corroborated.

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When it comes to the wellbeing of asylum seekers trying to reach our shores, the media has even less chance of being able to scrutinise the government effectively. The most notable case of this secrecy was the boat from India carrying 157 Tamil refugees, who were detained at sea by Australian Customs authorities. They remained on the Customs vessel Ocean Protector for over a month with little information about their future and limited hours of daylight before eventually being transferred to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre. Last month the High Court ruled that the decision to detain the asylum seekers at sea for four weeks was lawful. A cost analysis by Fairfax media has revealed that attempting to return these asylum seekers to India left taxpayers with a bill of more than $12 million.

opcje binarne info مسابقة تجريبي خيار ثنائي Those events of last June became a defining moment for immigration policy under the current government. As the 157 men, women and children languished in uncertainty on the ocean, the then Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison refused to acknowledge the existence of the boat and those on it. The story came to light as the vessel had managed to contact Australia by satellite phone and inform listeners of engine problems. And then there was silence. The media began to speculate about the boats whereabouts, but it wasn’t until the High Court case was put in motion that the government confirmed indeed there was a boat of asylum seekers being held at sea. Australia faced international condemnation over this saga. The fact that Australian government officials, notably Minister Morrison, repeatedly denied the existence of the boat is disturbing to say the least, and has significant implications for scrutiny and governmental responsibility.

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segnali opzioni binarie in tempo reale In discussing the secrecy surrounding Operation Sovereign Borders, political academic Ben Wadham writes, ‘Hiding government border control policy behind the word “operational” is a concerning move that diminishes the checks and balances of democratic control of the armed forces.’ No matter your political stance on asylum seekers and refugees, this is a matter of transparency and accountability.

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bonus without deposit binary As increasing numbers of workers from Manus Island and other immigration detention facilities resort to blowing the whistle, it is becoming all the more apparent that the frameworks in place to scrutinise and curb the abuse of power in this policy area are woefully insufficient. The government can no longer muddy the waters and hide behind the convenient obfuscation that occurs when detention centres are managed by a private operator and housed on foreign soil. No longer will we accept that denying access and information to the media about maritime arrivals is in the public interest. The waters of accountability in this policy area may be murky, but one thing is clear. When it when it comes to the treatment of asylum seekers, both at sea and in our state commissioned facilities, Australians deserve the upmost intransperancy and accountability.

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