Protesters across Australia hold marches and rallies to demand the closure of the country's off-shore detention centers. Julie Noce reports.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in cities across Australia to protest the country's off-shore refugee detention centers. People marched and attended rallies from Perth and Adelaide to Melbourne to Sydney, holding signs and shouting slogans like... (nats full: BRING THEM HERE!) Under Australian law, people trying to reach the country by boat are sent to processing camps on tiny Pacific islands and are never eligible for resettlement in Australia. Some asylum seekers have spent years in the camps, which have been criticised by the United Nations and human rights groups over harsh conditions and reports of abuse. Although successive governments have supported the hard-line immigration policies, members of the Australian Greens do not. Greens Federal MP, Adam Brandt. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GREENS FEDERAL MP, ADAM BRANDT, SAYING: "We know that there's only one solution - close the camps, bring them here and let them stay." One of the detainees being held at a center in Papua New Guinea has won an award for his political cartoons documenting his three year detention. The 25 year-old Iranian man who goes by the pen name Eaten Fish was named this year's recipient of the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning from the Cartoonists Rights Network International. His work has been published in The Guardian newspaper.