Refugee children must be brought from Nauru to Australia

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24 October 2018

According to media reports, fifty-five refugee children are stuck on Nauru in sub-standard conditions after Australian authorities have refused to transfer them to the Australian mainland.

Some of these children require medical or other treatment which is not available on the island.

These children and their families were transported to Nauru and confined in camps by the Commonwealth government as a method of discouraging asylum seekers from seeking to reach the Australian mainland. However, despite the families subsequently being ‘freed’ from these camps, they are unable to leave Nauru.

Public pressure is increasing for the Australian government to bring the children and their families to Australia so they can receive, amongst other things, a proper education.

It is vital that the Morrison government get the refugee children and their families off Nauru as quickly as possible. These children are innocent victims who deserve the chance at an education and a safe future.

Young children are incredibly vulnerable and need to be in a stable, structured learning environment. Teachers in particular know how critically important it is for young children to have the opportunity to attend school.

Education is vital to ensure that children develop the foundational skills that they need to be successful learners and to ensure that they can contribute positively to society.

It reflects poorly on the Morrison government that it cannot look past politics when it comes to these refugee children, who have already suffered immensely. It can bring them to safety in Australia immediately, yet has failed to do so.

The Morrison government must stop playing politics with these children’s lives and get them off Nauru and to Australia as soon as possible.