Stop Australia from Paying Human Smugglers

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Goal: Australian prime minister Tony Abbott

Target: Tell the truth about allegedly paying off human smugglers and pay the consequences for breaking numerous national and international laws if the allegations are proven to be true.

Allegations surfaced recently that Australian officials paid off Indonesian crew members from a boat carrying asylum seekers to turn around and bring the refugees back to Indonesia. If these allegations are true, Australian officials would have broken Australian law, Indonesian law and international maritime law. These actions could also be classified as facilitating people smuggling.

Officials supposedly paid the boat’s crew members $5,000 each, utilizing taxpayer money to do so. Australian prime minister Tony Abbot has chosen to not speak on the allegations, neither confirming or denying them.

Human rights activists have also become involved in the case, citing the fact that the government is hiding crucial information from its citizens and that it may have incorrectly exercised power in the process of human smuggling. Australian citizens are concerned that the government is hiding the way taxpayer money may have been used.

Demand that Tony Abbott tell the truth about these allegations and pay the consequences if the allegations are true.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Abbott,

Allegations surfaced recently that Australian officials paid $5,000 each to crew members from a boat carrying asylum seekers from Indonesia to turn around and bring the refugees back. If these allegations are true, you and the government would have broken Australian law, Indonesian law and international maritime law.

Citizens and human rights activists are upset that the government is hiding crucial information and may have incorrectly exercised power in the process of human smuggling. If taxpayer money was used in this way, citizens have the right to know.

I urge you to tell the truth about these allegations and face the consequences if they prove to be true.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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