Both Aussie and NZ Green Taliban join John Key and Labour in calling for New Zealand crims to get special treatment
With diversion, community service and home detention, you have to have been specifically bad or slow to learn to end up in an Australian prison, so you have earned your place.
But now the crim hugging hippies want New Zealanders in Australian detention centres to be treated differently, better, to all the other foreigners that are ready for deportation.
New Zealanders held in Australian detention centres without any indication of when they will be deported are frustrated and confused, a politician who has visited the centres says.
Australian Greens’ immigration spokeswoman Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the “desperation” of the indefinite nature of the detention was a problem.
“You’ve got to remember that people haven’t been given sentences. They’re there for as long as the Australian Government wants them to be,” Hanson-Young told TVNZ’s Q+A.
“It could be a matter of weeks, it could be a matter of months, it could, in fact, like it is for many, a matter of years.
“And of course the longer people are in these places, the worse their mental health gets. And that’s what we’ve started to see.” Read more »