Letter to the editor re Manus Island
The situation on Manus Island is highly distressing and my office has understandably been receiving a high number of calls and emails asking for me to “do something”.
My call to the government for a more humane approach has been clear. Sadly, until the government and the ALP change their policy, nothing will change. There is no balance of power when the two major parties are in agreement.
I encourage people to contact government and ALP members of parliament including senators and ask them: “What would it take to change your mind on this issue?”
In the meantime I will continue to send to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition the many heartfelt messages from across my electorate calling for compassion.