A campaign with Amnesty Australia to free all asylum seekers and refugees suffering through indefinite, offshore detention on Manus Island and Nauru and locked up in APOD's (Alternate Places of Detention) in Australia in their 9th year of detention
He met with a number of refugees who had been languishing on Manus Island and later in Port Moresby for over 6 years and came away with a deeper understanding of the trauma caused by indefinite offshore detention and committed to helping free everyone both offshore, and those who’d travelled to Australia for medical treatment under the Medevac legislation, later repealed in 2020
The #GameOver campaign was launched in late 2019 and has gained the support of almost 80,000 Australians including high profile athletes and legends such as former Diamonds Captain, Liz Ellis, rugby league legend, Benny Elias, AFL great, Paul Roos, the great Ian Chappell from cricket along with Lisa Sthalekar, and Socceroo Captains Paul wade, Frank Farina, Alex Tobin and Craig Moore along with artists, singers like Jimmy Barnes and actors such as Australian icon, Bryan Brown and football lover and great Australian, Anthony la Paglia.
In 2021, over 50 refugees have finally been released from APOD’s and Immigration Detention Centres in Melbourne and Brisbane and the entire system of cruelty is quickly becoming untenable as Australia comes to understand, through the prominent voice of Craig and many other advocates and organisations, the amount of harm that has been caused to innocent human beings
There remain around 350 people detained for 8 years on Nauru, in Port Moresby and in APOD’s in Australia and Craig continues to work with legendary Australian (and NZ) names like the great Sonny Bill Williams to call on the Australian Government to accept the longstanding NZ offer to resettle 150 people per year from offshore and to free all those who came under Medevac as well as advocate for greater support and certainty for tens of thousands of people on temporary and Bridging visas in Australia.
On 24th March, 2022 the Australian and New Zealand Governments announced that after 7 years of the NZ offer, the Australian Government accepted the resettlement of 450 refugees in coming years. Whilst very welcome and the result of the work of many and the support of an increasing number of Australians, many refugees in Port Moresby and Australia remain without certainty and the work of #GameOver continues.