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For eight years, Australia has been taking refugees as hostages. It’s time to ask: who has benefited?

The government needs our bodies for political power, while the detention industry needs us to fuel its money-making torture machine. But what has Australia truly gained?

Eight years have passed since the Australian government mandated offshore detention for all asylum seekers who arrive by boat, which led to the banishing of more than 3,000 refugees to Nauru as well as Manus Island in…

  • Behrouz Boochani
  • The Guardian

Since then, we have heard many tragic stories about the stranded refugees – stories of death, violence, child detention, family separation and countless violations of human rights.

We have heard the stories of the hundreds who have been traumatised and the 14 who were killed…

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