The deaths haven’t stopped: a fact Scott Morrison can’t avoid | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Crossbench MP Kerryn Phelps passes a piece of paper over to Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Morrison talks a lot about the Coalition “stopping the deaths at sea”, the implication being institutional cruelty is the price you pay for that greater good. Boat turnbacks have stopped deaths at sea, that is true – but the fact of the matter is the deaths haven’t stopped.

People in the Coalition don’t talk about that because it’s not convenient for the narrative; the asylum seekers who are still ailing, harming themselves, and dying.

Instead of dying at sea, people have died in offshore detention. They are hurting themselves because they cannot contain their despair.

The deaths haven’t stopped.

That’s just a fact, and one that shouldn’t be avoided, because that fact makes an eloquent case for why more effective medical evacuation procedures are necessary.

via The deaths haven’t stopped: a fact Scott Morrison can’t avoid | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

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