The smug certainty behind Greg Sheridan’s statement that detention centre “conditions were always reasonable because they were Australian centres” (The Australian, 7/6) would disappear if he would only step out of his office and visit the prison camps he pontificates about. Is suicide, self harm, and mental illness “reasonable”?.

But Sheridan’s insincerity on this issue is manifest by his stubborn, constant use of the false dog-whistle term “illegal immigrants”. Arbitrary detention is illegal, not seeking asylum.

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