In an Impaired State

This bitter laughter was echoed by refugees on Manus Island and Nauru when the Prime Minister made an impassioned speech in defence of another of his ministers caught up in the dual citizenship revelations by invoking the plight of Minister Josh Frydenberg’s mother, rendered stateless by the Holocaust. The statelessness of UN recognized refugees who have arrived by boat are routinely mocked and derided by the government’s claims that they can simply return to their countries of birth whenever they choose to do so. While the Prime Minister was overcome with emotion at the suffering inflicted on earlier generations of refugees who found themselves stateless, on Manus Island nearly six hundred refugees and asylum seekers abandoned there by the Australian government prepare to spend another fearful night in starving and dangerous conditions.