MEDIA RELEASE – ONE FAMILY FREE, FOUR FAMILIES TO GO, TUESDAY, 2 MARCH 2021
ONE FAMILY FREE, FOUR FAMILIES TO GO
It’s great that the Golmohammadian family – Reza, Mogjan, and their daughter Farnaz and son Ali – are being released from immigration detention after eight long years.
It’s been far too long for them to be locked up.
Sunday marked one year that this family arrived in hotel detention in Darwin, along with 11 other people, four families – who are still there.
They have been staying in very small rooms, with only a bunk bed for the mother and father.
We know many Australians have had to quarantine for two weeks – imagine what it’s like to spend a year in a hotel room with no end date in sight.
I’ve been petitioning Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to release these genuine refugees into community detention, like what has occurred in Brisbane and Melbourne.
While I welcome the release of this family, there are still four families to be released.
It is a breach of the Commonwealth’s Workplace Health and Safety Act to keep these 15 refugees in conditions that are worsening their physical and mental health.
It’s not the Territory or the Australian way.
The Morrison Government has mismanaged Australia’s immigration detention centres for the past seven years.
The remaining families need to be released into the community as soon as possible.
I want to acknowledge everyone at DASSAN who kept the pressure up. And I want to thank those who came and stood in solidarity with these families.
That is what Darwin and the Territory is about.