Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has added her voice to those urging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull not to send Australian-born asylum seeker children back to offshore detention centres.
The Queensland Premier’s announcement comes after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews wrote to Mr Turnbull, offering to settle Australian-born asylum-seeker children and their families in Victoria.
“I write to inform you that Victoria will accept full responsibility for all of these children and their families including the provision of housing, health, education and welfare services,” Mr Andrews wrote.
His sentiments were soon echoed by New South Wales Premier Mike Baird, who said his state would do all it could to help.
Now Ms Palaszczuk has thrown her support behind the cause.
“Queensland stands willing and able to help those families that are currently here,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I don’t want to see children in that situation, I don’t think Queenslanders want to see children in that situation.
“Where is the humanity, where is the compassion from the federal government?”
Ms Palaszczuk said she would call Mr Turnbull to discuss the matter with him personally.
“I will be picking up the phone and speaking to Malcolm Turnbull and saying to him, from the experiences I have representing a state that has a lot of diversity, but also representing an electorate where I have heard the impact of detention on children.
“It’s time to put the politics aside and think closely about those young children.”
Last week, the High Court ruled that offshore detention on Nauru and Manus Island is lawful.
The ruling cleared the way for 267 asylum seekers to be sent to Nauru, including 37 babies born in Australia.