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    Patriot

    How awful. Best we just deter parents from bringing these little treasures to such a brutal, xenophobic country. The door is still open to Sweden, Norway, etc… for now. The whole world is getting mighty sick of these illegal economic migrants – their sob stories, their backward and incompatible culture, their leaching fellow travellers in the asylum industry, the moral poseurs, and the list goes on.

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    Slinkycatsmutha

    Patriot,

    I do hope you never have the misfortune to suffer with Complex Post Traumatic Disorder. As a clinician working with abused children and adults over the past 15 years and from all the available research I can clearly state that trauma causes both long and short term debilitating symptoms. It grieves me deeply that the asylum seeker debate has been so hijacked. To move children who have seen and experienced things no child should see from the relative safety of Christmas Island is a travesty of all that is right and good. On one hand the Minister for Internment is loudly proclaiming that the boats have stopped and then saying he is sending traumatised children to Naru to ensure boat loads of them don’t arise. This is punitive in the extreme. Patriot, at least you are reading Crikey articles may I suggest a course in compassion.

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    Patriot

    I don’t buy that for a second. As far as the kids are concerned, the environment in the offshore centres is largely what the adult detainees make themselves. There is no reason at all why these children can’t be seeing their parents set an example by conducting themselves with dignity, patience and humility. Instead they riot, damage property and attack police. I can think of a real easy way for the adults there to ensure that kids don’t see that sort of appalling, violent example.

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    Slinkycatsmutha

    Patriot

    Had you properly read the article you would have seen that the children who have been transferred to Nauru were unaccompanied minors ie they do not have parents. These children did not make the decision to board the boats. Some of them saw their parents drown. The fact is that for these children parents to set an example are either dead or absent. These parentless children are in Australian custody and need the protection of the Australian government rather than being sent to an isolated Island with no suitable facilities and an uncertain future. Get your facts straight.

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    Patriot

    We’re talking about offshore centres, not just Nauru. They’ve rioted, torched property and buildings, and assaulted innocent people at all of them now – Nauru, Manus and Christmas Island. On the mainland also. The appalling example set by the adults is worse for their development than being behind a fence.

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    Slinkycatsmutha

    So Patriot would you like to explain your qualifications and expereince to back up your stateemnt about what constitutes the right environment for healthy child development to occur in. I have no further interest in this thread as your mind appears closed to the suffering of children held in detention.

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