When 12 women on Christmas Island attempt suicide because they fear further suffering, and believe their children will have better opportunities if their mothers are dead, we should be ashamed and horrified that it is because of our foreign policy that this suffering is occurring. Tony Abbott, your response is morally abhorrent – they are not trying to emotionally black mail us, they are vulnerable, desperate and begging us for a tiny shred of compassion …

Tony, I don’t ask for much, just:

Treat these women and their babies humanely
Follow the refugee convention (you agreed to do this already, so for the love of god start!)

Lead an Australia that we can be proud to be a part of.