BRING HOME THE MURUGAPPAN FAMILY and ABOLISH OFF-SHORE DETENTION CENTRES

A three year- old(now 4) AUSTRALIAN-BORN girl almost died due to the Government’s negligence in detention.

This is my open-letter sent to Michelle Rowland, Alex Hawke and the Current Government

Sign the change.org petition here: https://www.change.org/p/scott-morrison-bring-priya-back-to-biloela

13/06/2021

Christos Floratos

Blacktown 2148

To Alex Hawke, Michelle Rowland, and the current Government,

BRING HOME THE MURUGAPPAN FAMILY

ABOLISH OFF-SHORE DETENTION CENTRES

My name is Christos Floratos and I write in my capacity as an Accredited Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Off-shore detention is wasting Australia’s resources on a cruel endeavour and has forced the hospitalisation of a 3-year-old child, removed from their family (now 4 years old on sending of this letter, without their family).

The detention of the Murugappan family, including the appalling treatment of the 3-year-old girl Tharnicaa has breached multiple human rights under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child which Australia ratified in 1990. I want to share with you the simplified version of the convention, as it seems the current Government and all of those who neglected this young family’s needs may need to review what we are committed too: https://www.unicef.org.au/our-work/information-for-children/un-convention-on-the-rights-of-the-child

Based on the information available, it seems the Government has infringed on the following articles: article 6, article 8, article 9, article 10, article 11, article 18, article 19, article 20, article 22, article 24, article 25, and article 36.

I share the AASW’s concerns over the government’s treatment of this family, and all peoples in off-shore detention. I also share the concerns of the half a million individuals that have signed the change.org treaty: https://www.change.org/p/scott-morrison-bring-priya-back-to-biloela

The family’s continued separation and the current Government’s (and Scott Morrison’s) lack of empathy for this family has entrenched that Australia is not a country for a ‘fair-go’. Instead, we are telling the world that Australia and Immigrant children that this is the country where Australian-born Children of Hard-working immigrants:

  • Come to be stolen in the middle of the night from their home,
  • Sent some place alien and far away that is behind wires, and
  • Come to die.

Yours with haste and urgency,

Christos Floratos