LETTER:  Human cost to asylum politics

AUSTRALIA'S cheap political ploy of sending asylum seekers to Nauru is an inhumane fiasco. The government has claimed that all international legal responsibility passes to Nauru, yet we are paying millions to private contractors.

Since the announcement in August that Nauru and Manus islands are to hold 2100 asylum seekers, more than 2300 have arrived by boat at Christmas Island.

Following a deal with the Karzai regime, widely regarded as corrupt, Australia can also return refugees, including children, back to the terror they fled.

A policy that turns refugees away from a safe refuge cannot be said to be working.

Niko Leka, Mayfield

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