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No kids on Nauru is a milestone worth marking - but it's hardly one for the trophy cabinet

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02.02.2019

Within days, no refugee child will be left on the island of Nauru. That this is a milestone worth marking - or even celebrating - should be a shock and a shame.

These kids and their families had been there more than five years. Two thousand days. It had been so long that many people here in Australia finally seemed to agree enough was enough.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.Credit:AAP

Peter Dutton has always proclaimed - rightly - that he didn't put anyone on Nauru or Manus Island: Labor did. He has taken pride in closing detention centres instead of opening them. Now he can boast of getting the last remaining children out.

But those who have spent years urging the government to cease offshore processing and "bring them here" will be reluctant to afford Dutton or Scott Morrison any credit for........

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