A PORTLAND marketing manager hoping to become a federal senator has challenged the nation’s political leaders to spend a week at a detention centre to prove if the system is humane.
Darrell Morrison (pictured) is on the ballot for a Victorian senate seat and has joined several other south-west political candidates in calling for more humane treatment of asylum seekers.
“I will do everything I can to oppose concentration camp style solutions,” he said.
Putting people in tents for years at a time and treating them like criminals is just not on.
“This could be our version of the stolen generation — we could be having inquiries into this in 20 years’ time.”
Mr Morrison pointed to comments made by veteran Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull, who has conceded that the parties were taking a harsh approach towards asylum seekers, including children.
“If the facilities are ok it should be no impost on them to stay there for a week,” Mr Morrison said.
He said establishing “assessment commissions” in Indonesia to handle claims would reduce the number of people boarding vessels bound for Australia.
Wannon Labor candidate Michael Barling has expressed his personal unease at housing people on Manus Island while Greens candidate Tim Emanuelle has called for children to be immediately released from detention.
Mr Morrison, 50 is on the senate ballot as independent after failing to sound interest from the WikiLeaks Party.