The piecemeal release of a score of Indonesian children from adult prisons is not enough
Another four children have been released from Australian adult prisons, following the three children released several weeks back, and therefore they were wrongly convicted. It is good they are going home to their families.
"It is wrong, immoral and deceitful for the Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, and of the Prime Minister Julia Gillard to pretend that they did not know there were Indonesian children in Australian adult prisons. They knew the whole of the time. They told me so themselves - Labor parliamentarians told me so."
"It is immoral and impropriety for them to hide behind a charade that they are releasing them on the premise 'of additional information' which cast doubt on the 'age-assessment results' from the discredited wrist-bone age scan."
"It is even more worrisome for them to pretend that the score of submissions on the desk of the Attorney-General are the only "age-disputes" in Australian adult prisons."
"Indeed, I know of children in our prisons who have not had a submission filed."
"An urgent review, long called for, of all Indonesians on remand and convicted in Australian adult prisons must be undertaken - and with demarcated authorities, including the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Inspectors of Custodial Services and Indonesian consular officials - hence to ensure to the fore all the age-disputes, and that all the children in our prisons have been released."
"Prisons Superintendents have confided in me that they 'are appalled by the obvious presence of children in prison'. 'I don't want children in my prison,' said one Superintendent to me and who has provided various information to assist the campaign to release the children."
"It is nothing less than a lie by a morally inept Commonwealth Government to assert that they did not know of these children in our prisons. On July 20, 2011, I personally informed the Prime Minister of the predicament and this was face to face. Similarly, I informed then Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd's Office and much was promised. In the very least, the government has known since January 2011, as I informed every agency of government in January to March (2011) and raised the predicament with no less than thirty parliamentarians."
"In July, 2012, I was told by a high ranking Labor parliamentarian, 'Gerry, we now know that there are children in there... and it is appalling but we cannot admit this, it'll create a scandal and Abbott and Morrison will pounce on us. We will figure a way behind the scenes how to get them out without fallout...' I was disgusted at the lack of moral leadership and that they are prepared to put vulnerable children at-risk."
It has taken various exhausting campaigns to engage the public, parliamentarians, political leaders, and various organisations to get this far.
"Firstly, there must be an urgent review of all Indonesians in our prisons, and secondly, there should be an Independent Investigative Commission into Australia's contravention of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - which indeed Australia has shattered."
When will the lying stop and when will they realise that politics is a calling? - The ability to discover the truth is outstripped by the capacity to manifest deceit.