First, the Australian government refused to divulge the details of their naval interventions against the refugee boats now they make it a crime to expose criminal practices in their detention camps, even those abroad and so subject to foreign sovereignty, threatening up to two years jail-time.
John-Paul Sanggaran, a GP who detailed shockingly poor healthcare in the detention centre on Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, after completing a three-month stint there in 2013, says “It’s clear that they want to silence people, to intimidate and scare them.”
The Labor Party, the supposed opposition, recently helped to defeat a Green Party motion that would have introduced mandatory reporting for child abuse in the centres – already the case in every Australian state and territory.
The Australian aborigines were called the "forgotten people". Now asylum seekers are the "hidden people"