Opinion: Manus Island hunger strikes are a call to Australia’s conscience

January 19, 2015

As reports of escalating hunger strikes among asylum seekers in the Manus Island detention centre continue to emerge, Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from Murdoch’s School of Law, is among a group of academics to argue that the Abbott government’s refusal to negotiate could lead to deaths.

In an article for The Conversation, Professor Kenny, along with her colleagues Dr Lucy Fiske (University of Technology, Sydney) and Professor Nicholas Procter (University of South Australia), say the hardline responses of the current and previous governments to hunger strikes, profoundly misunderstands the protest, leading to unhelpful and potentially dangerous responses which go against expert advice.

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