The Human Rights Commissioner’s damning findings on hotel detention should prompt an immediate end to the policy, the Greens say.
“This is another bipartisan immigration policy that is arbitrary, cruel and has led to disastrous results for people, many of whom had already suffered awfully at the hands of the Labor and Liberal parties,” Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.
“The mental health impacts of this policy are impossible to overstate, and a continuation of a shameful campaign of psychological warfare against people seeking asylum.”
“Spending nearly half a million dollars a year to lock someone up in a hotel is obscene, but the policy would be just as bad if the hotels were free.”
“It would be far, far cheaper and more humane to allow people to reside in the community where they can receive adequate support.”
“Hotel detention needs to end and it needs to end now.”