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Before #ausvotes. Never forget. A thread.

Never forget he was in Hawaii while Australia burned.

Never forget. He promised an anti-corruption commission 3 and a half years ago just to get your vote.

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Mr Morrison is lying.

His Ministers can grant permanent visas for any reason they want.

But they won't even give QLD-born 4 year old Tharni the same temporary visa they gave her mum, dad & sister.

That's how they're stopping her family coming safely #HometoBilo

"Successive immigration ministers have been able to use their intervention powers to grant the Biloela family visas ever since the very first refusal decision was made many years ago."

- Abul Rizvi (@RizviAbul)
Former Dep. Secretary
Dept of Immigration…

“Today, the Prime Minister was asked by journalists when Immigration Minister Alex Hawke would make a decision on whether the Nasdesalingam family could go home to Biloela.

“The Prime Minister responded with a lie."

🧵 “Today, the Prime Minister was asked by journalists when t
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During the 2019 election campaign, on QLD-born Kopi & Tharni's 429th day in a Melbourne detention centre, @ScottMorrisonMP told Australians: "ultimately, we've got every child out of detention."

Our Biloela girls were detained for another 669 days on his watch.

By day 1198 Tharni was so sick she had to be airlifted from Xmas Island to a Perth hospital. She's still in "community detention".

During the 3 years Kopi & Tharni were detained, MPs & Senators told Parliament & the public there were no kids in detention at least 25 times.

On 30/5/2018, Andrew Hastie MP told Parliament "there is something we all are very proud of: we've removed all children from detention".

It was Biloela girls Kopi & Tharni's 86th day in detention.

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BREAKING: #HomeToBilo family unable to return to QLD despite new visas
Today @AlexHawkeMP used Migration Act powers to grant 12-month bridging visas to 3 members of the Biloela family. However Tharni has not been provided a visa. The family remains in “community detention". 1/ Thursday 23 September 2021  BREAKING: Biloela family unable
By continuing to withhold a bridging visa from Tharni, Mr Hawke is preventing the family from coming home to the QLD town of Biloela.
Last week, the Minister made an undertaking to the Federal Circuit Court to issue 3 month bridging visas to Priya and Nades and Kopika.
We are “surprised” by the Minister’s decision to now grant 12-month visas to three of the four family members, while continuing to withhold a bridging visa for Tharni, which would allow the family to return to Biloela. 3/
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I’m Tharnicaa. I’ve been detained by the Australian Government 1207 days. I’m 4. I nearly died. Thousands (7000+) Doctors unanimously recommend #HomeToBilo. Yesterday, Mum, Dad, Kopika got bridging visas. Not me. Still under detention. Say my name. @ScottMorrisonMP @AlexHawkeMP ImageImageImage
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“Let me be blunt: there is no defensible argument for why the Murugappan family shouldn’t return to Biloela. Not one. This farce must end. Far from sparking a resurgence in people smuggling, an act of compassion could enhance Australia’s reputation globally.” @MrKRudd #HomeToBilo Image
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Guess what @ScottMorrisonMP and @AlexHawkeMP!? Tharnicaa has the same birthday as Ann Frank: one of the most discussed victims of Holocaust! In 1940, after Germany invaded the Netherlands, Anne and her family couldn’t leave the country, 1/14 @AlexWodak @hbowly #HomeToBilo Image
so they hide in a warehouse to escape the persecution of Jews by the Nazis. For over two years, Anne wrote in her diary with an awareness that was extremely mature for her age. She detailed her experiences and insights while she and her family were living in constant fear. 2/14 Image
Anne Frank’s diary showcases her incredible storytelling abilities in such horrific circumstances. In 1944, the Franks were found and sent to concentration camps. Anne died before she turned 16, and her father, Otto Frank, was the only family member to survive the Holocaust. 3/14 Image
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The Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of NSW Sydney is the world’s leading research centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law. 1/10 #HealingTrauma #Justice4Australia #GameOver #HomeToBilo @KaldorCentre
Beautifully, the Centre was founded in October 2013 by former “refugees” Andrew and Renata Kaldor who were awarded honorary doctorates by the University of NSW Sydney in November 2018. 2/10 #GameOver #HomeToBilo
The Centre undertakes rigorous research on the most pressing displacement issues in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and contributes to public policy by promoting legal, sustainable and humane solutions to forced migration. 3/10 #GameOver #HomeToBilo
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The Royal Australasian College of Physicians represent 25,000+ specialists. @TheRACP call on the Australian Government to immediately release Tharnicaa, Kopika, Priya and Nades from detention and to send them home to Biloela. 1/4 💜🧸 #HealingTrauma #Justice4Australia #HomeToBilo
End cruelty. Join humanity. 2/4 💜🧸 #HomeToBilo
End cruelty. Join humanity. 3/4 💜🧸 #HomeToBilo
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In case anyone in Australia is still surprised that a toddler had to be airlifted from an Australian detention centre for medical treatment - don't be. (Thread 1/10)
#hometobilo #auspol
I've been reporting on this child and her health since 2018 when she was 14 months old. Here's my first story on her, which features a doctor - even then - citing concerns for her welfare. (2/10)…
To my knowledge (and I'm really happy to be corrected on this) I remain the only journalist to have gone into an Australian detention centre to interview this family face to face. (3/10)…
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What is #Justice4Australia? I joined Twitter to see if Trump would win or lose the US election. I had not watched the news or followed politics for years; too much, too soon had made me unwell: Psychosis. I saw Trump’s tweets and thought, ‘Is this guy for real!? 1/36
I had no clue then I would be thanking him now. Trump introduced me to the wonderful world of Twitter; incredibly talented minds constantly fact checking his tweets. Journalists, lawyers, doctors, psychologists, professors. Others with no qualifications equally impressive. 2/36
It was so refreshing to read quality responses, to see humour used to make people feel safe in a world seemingly, increasingly mad, and available to people all around the world for free. I did not know Tharnicaa and Kopika would bring me towards 3/36
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Knowledge is Power: Education is not intended to fill a container with knowledge. It is intended to light the fire of justice within you. The term ‘Philosophy’ in Doctor of Philosophy does not mean the field or academic discipline of Philosophy; 1/75 #Justice4Australia
it means in the broadest sense, with its original Greek meaning, ‘love of wisdom.’ I write this NOT as a Psychologist as there is limits within any profession. I write this as a human being in the broadest sense in accordance with love of wisdom. 2/75
Throughout history it was been a privilege and more importantly a responsibility to share the truth for justice. For example, ‘homosexuality’ was recently considered an illness in Psychiatry; listed in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 3/75
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#March4Justice worked: Goggle Box has delivered a clear message to Australians. Your efforts are changing Australia’s landscape. Morrison Government have not released Tharnicaa and Kopika #HomeToBilo. However, we can go to them: CI tourist hotspot. 1/2 #Justice4Australia #Auspol
CIConference2021: Date TBA. Attend CI with advocates to remind the world stage of Australia’s cruel and unlawful refugee crisis. Same-day city protests across the nation. If you can support this idea in anyway please DM this genius: @p3pp3rtr33z. #Justice4Australia #Auspol 2/2
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Australians are outraged. I feel calm. On 16th of January 2021, I started my first daily question for Tharnicaa and Kopika. Shortly after I found 2021 Human Rights Watch World Report. I made a series of threads that taught me what a nightmare we are in. #Justice4Australia 1/15
I was attacked by trolls. I was even called a ‘political pedophile’. Through #HomeToBilo, Priya and Nades gave me permission to continue. Although I took a step back and made threads on some of the best things I’ve learnt from Psychology the past 20 years. 2/15
Now 12 weeks later, I finally made ‘one tweet’ with a Nelson Mandela quote that includes this all: All of Australia’s violations of Human Rights and Tools for Wellbeing (please see below). I could share more but what is the point? 3/15
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More than 60 refugees were released over the past two days from hotels and detention centres in Brisbane, Sydney and Darwin, according to the Refugee Action Coalition and legal representatives. 1/8 #TimeForAHome #HomeToBilo #AusUPR20 #Auspol
They were granted temporary visas after spending up to eight years in Australian detention on Pacific islands before being transferred to the country for medical treatment. 2/8
The group's release comes after more than 60 refugees were freed in similar circumstances in December/January.  Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told local radio that it was "cheaper" for the refugees to be released into the community than to be held in detention. 3/8
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“When Abdirahman Ahmed Mohammed first sought asylum in Australia, he still carried a bullet in his leg.” Mr Mohammed passed away this month a day after his 39th birthday.

Exclusive: by Erin Handley, 2021. 1/22 #TimeForAHome #HomeToBilo #AusUPR20 #Auspol
“But the Somali refugee's health problems would only become more severe in his years in offshore detention on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, and later on Nauru. Mr Mohammed died of a heart condition in Perth this month, on February 15, a day after his 39th birthday.” 2/22
“Mr Mohammed first received tests on his heart in late 2014, when he was in PNG. But he was not transferred to Australia for treatment until almost five years later, when he suffered a heart attack on Nauru in April 2019.” 3/22
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Australia`s parliament is to resume on March 15th

An auspicious calendar date that saw Julius Caesar killed by Senators in the Roman Senate 2,065 years ago

The Australian Senate can do the same the to Scott Morrison Liberal lead government
How can this be done?

By using parliamentary privilege to out the #CabinetMinister named in the letter sent to @SenatorWong & @sarahinthesen8

The governments presumption of innocence line they using with the help of their media mates
was not used for #Robodebt victims

It was not used for #AsylumSeekers

In fact this government ignores #HighCourt rulings against it #HomeToBilo

If ever victims of injustice deserve members of parliament to act for the betterment of the whole country
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Is it appropriate to give Tharnicaa a voice? Firstly, I would like everyone to know that I consulted #HomeToBilo when I began the daily questions. Their parents know I ask them. #HomeToBilo regularly speaks to them and shares your support. 1/7 #TimeForAHome #HomeToBilo #Auspol
Secondly, I have tried to be very careful what questions I ask. By keeping them simple. Importantly, I have never answered on their behalf. I only ask. The idea was inspired by ‘Writing Through Fences’ where Australians and people in Immigration detentions became pen pals. 2/7
The intentions of this campaign are to: give Tharnicaa and Kopika a voice; raise awareness of Australia’s cruel and unlawful refugee policy; create a way they have thousands of messages of support; and humanise those we have too often been conditioned to see as a threat. 3/7
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“Below, we've included the email addresses for the Labor and Liberal party leaders. Please take a quick moment to send an email about indefinite detention to make clear that resolving this crisis must be a top priority.” 1/8 #GameOver #HomeToBilo #AusUPR20 #Auspol
“We recommend emails brief &polite. In parliamentary offices, staffers track the subject/opinions in each email & report back to senior staff. We want to make sure opposition to indefinite detention remains on that agenda, & our power is in making our voice heard together.” 2/8
Prime Minister Scott Morrison:
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese:

Some key messages you may wish to use: 3/8
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The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014: This inquiry investigated how immigration detention affects the health, well-being and development of children. 1/8 #GameOver #TimeForAHome #EndChildDetention #RaiseTheAge #HomeToBilo #Auspol
The inquiry also assessed whether Australia’s laws, policies and practices for children in immigration detention were consistent with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 2/8 #GameOver #TimeForAHome #EndChildDetention #RaiseTheAge #HomeToBilo #Auspol
Overarching finding: prolonged, mandatory detention of asylum seeker children causes significant mental and physical illness and developmental delays, in breach of Australia’s international obligations. 3/8 #GameOver #TimeForAHome #EndChildDetention #RaiseTheAge #HomeToBilo
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Mr Dutton’s phone number is: 02 6277 7860. Talking Points: My name is  _____, I live in _____. I am calling to ask Mr Dutton to use his Migration Act powers to bring Priya, Nades and their QLD-born girls home to Biloela immediately. 1/3 #GameOver #EndChildDetention #HomeToBilo
I understand the Department of Home Affairs recommended that the Immigration Minister consider granting this family a visa to remain in Australia almost two years ago. Over 350,000 Australians have called for this family to come home to Biloela. 2/3 #EndChildDetention #HomeToBilo
I do not support a Government that is detaining this family, trying to force them from Australia to danger, or that keeps children in detention. Mr Ditton must use his Migration Act powers to bring this family home to Biloela immediately. 3/3 #EndChildDetention #HomeToBilo
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It’s time to #EndChildDetention for Tharnicaa and Kopika, to #RaiseTheAge of the incarceration of children from 10 to 14 years, and it’s #TimeForAHome for those who came to Australia escaping danger and instead were detained indefinitely for never ending years. 1/10 #HomeToBilo
Australia went before the United Nations Human Rights Council for its Universal Periodic Review in Jan, 2021. Over 40 countries criticised Australia’s refugee policy, that Australia’s abandoned it’s human rights responsibilities. 2/10 #GameOver #EndChildDetention #HomeToBilo
27 countries urged Australia to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 to at least 14 years. Australia's age policy disproportionately affects Indigenous children who may already have inter-generational trauma. 3/10 #GameOver #EndChildDetention #RaiseTheAge
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It’s me, Tharnicaa. Kopika’s finished drawing a picture. We’ve been detained by the Australian Government for 1082 days. Do you believe in God? #HomeToBilo #Auspol
Hello little ones! My understanding is that each story was intended to be taken not as a fact, but as a metaphor to know life, which some called God. My friend who was a refugee from Iran shared a beautiful story when children asked her why do all religions fight each other. 1/2
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Minister Mr Hawke’s phone number is: 0262777770. Talking Points: My name is  _____, I live in _____. I am calling to ask Mr Hawke to use his Migration Act powers to bring Priya, Nades and their QLD-born girls home to Biloela immediately. 1/3 #EndChildDetention #HomeToBilo
I understand the Department of Home Affairs recommended that the Immigration Minister consider granting this family a visa to remain in Australia almost two years ago. Over 350,000 Australians have called for this family to come home to Biloela. 2/3 #EndChildDetention #HomeToBilo
I do not support a Government that is detaining this family, trying to force them from Australia to danger, or that keeps children in detention. Mr Hawke must use his Migration Act powers to bring this family home to Biloela immediately. 1/3 #EndChildDetention #HomeToBilo
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