Australia established offshore detention of refugees four years ago - and we still have people living there in desperate situations, waiting for news of their long term future.
As of September 2017 there are 369 people on Nauru, including 43 children, and another 742 men on Manus Island.
Recent news reported the Australia Government is asking refugees to give up custody of their children in exchange for getting a resettlement place in the US - this is unacceptable.
The harsh conditions in detention, isolation, prolonged uncertainty and a lack of hope have had a devastating impact on the health and wellbeing of these people, particularly children.
The majority of these people have been recognised as refugees. The Australian government owes them protection and safety now. Whilst a resettlement deal with the US was announced more than 12 months ago, less than 60 people have been resettled - it is likely the deal will not provide safety for all and will take years to fully implement.
These innocent people want nothing but hope and a brighter future for their children. It’s time to stop punishing them for risking their lives in that search.
Refugees on Nauru and Manus Island can no longer remain in limbo - Prime Minister Turnbull should immediately bring them to safety in Australia while they await resettlement in the US or other until a safe and sustainable alternative can be secured.