1 May 2003

Escape Game is not a laughing matter

The Human Rights Commissioner, Dr Sev Ozdowski, is disappointed that public monies have been allocated to developing a computer game focussing on how to escape from Woomera.

"The provision of monies for development of the game has nothing to do with education or freedom of expression. At best, this game is insensitive to persons currently detained in Australia's immigration detention centres. At worst, it encourages unlawful activity." said Dr Ozdowski. "The vast majority of immigration detainees in Australia's remote centres are asylum seeking men, parents and children patiently awaiting a visa outcome. This game unjustly characterises immigration detainees as criminals trying to 'bust out of jail'. The idea of using issues in detention for entertainment is simply sick."

"I welcome the use of computer games as a tool for education and would encourage the Australia Council to focus its attention on games that promote human rights in Australia" said Dr Ozdowski.

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Last updated 1 May 2003.