What Nades, Priya and their kids went through is a perfect example of
⁃ Australia’s white supremacy
⁃ Normalisation of indefinite detention torture and abusive refugee policies
⁃ Australia’s White / POC / politicians who are part of the colonial saviour complex
A) The Australian Labor party was responsible for the mandatory detention of Priya and Nades as soon as they landed in Australia to seek asylum after Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s “No Advantage” policy.
B) Under the liberal/national coalition government, Priya and Nades and children were suddenly abducted from their home by Australian border force and detained to be deported to Sri Lanka because their asylum claim was rejected and they were not able to get proper legal representation from refugee legal services in all of Australia.
C) They were then deported to Christmas Island detention centre and refused to transfer the family to the mainland for critical medical treatment until the government succumbed to political pressure.
D) When the family became exposed to media and became “high profile” everyone started weeping , because of the colonial saviour complex clouded with the populist bandwagon of “protecting kids in detention”.
E) Shamelessly, the labor politicians started visiting the family in detention, taking selfies with them for publicity and “questioning” the detention of the family from the Liberal Party.
F) Meanwhile the Australian saviour complex society neglected mostly adults in detention who were not part of any PR campaign and heavily focused on Priya and Nades family using “kids in detention” as a basis for the appeal to help them.
G) When the Labor party came back to power in 2022, all the Australian saviour complex society and refugee sector started lobbying Labor politicians to release the family as soon as possible
H) After implementing policies to destroy the hope and future of Priya, Nades and their children and damaging their lives, the Labor party released the family to the community and gave them permanent residence after nearly a decade.
Now the whole refugee sector thanks Labor politicians, and the saviour complex society in Australia as they pat each other on their backs, self-congratulating each other for their victory. Labor politicians who invented Australian indefinite mandatory immigration detention celebrates, the Australian Greens party who support mandatory detention put up social media posts that pull on people’s heart strings.
Before Priya, Nades and the kids, there were thousands of people who went through hell in Australian run detention centres and still continue to do so. Time to time, refugee NGOs in Australia, the saviour complex society, and politicians normalise the white supremacist detention system giving priority to individual cases backed by extensive PR and mainstream media like Priya and Nades family. Furthermore they downplay the detention torture and abuse of mostly single adults, focusing on cases like this. By doing this they are all directly and indirectly complicity in normalising detention torture and rape.
Final thought -Yes, one family got permanent residency after many years and 100s of individuals and organisations pooled their resources. Yet white supremacist Detention policies still exist under your watch over 30 years. There are thousands of refugees who are still in limbo, there are hundreds of refugee survivors still in detention.
THIS IS NOT A TIME TO CELEBRATE. YOU SHOULD HIDE YOUR HEADS IN SHAME. ALL THREE MAJOR PARTIES SUPPORT A MANDATORY DETENTION POLICY IN AUSTRALIA AND YOU HAVE ELECTED THEM TO TORTURE AND ABUSE US.