"The Uniting Church has long been calling on the Australian Government to close the detention centre on Nauru and bring everyone to Australia. The Government should act immediately on the Committee’s recommendation that all children and their families be released."
“It is outrageous that the Government has just awarded the current operator, Transfield, another five-year contract to operate the centre. Women and children have been raped and abused on their watch.The Government can no longer hide behind the excuse that the centre is Nauru’s responsibility. The centre belongs to us and we are responsible for all that happens there.The detention centre on Nauru breeds despair and hopelessness, neglect and abuse, and severe mental and physical health problems. We can no longer ignore the damage we are inflicting on vulnerable people, including children”.
(The President's full medial release can be found here)