In reply: We thank Goldney for his thought-provoking response. We recognise that self-harm has multiple determinants, including mental disorders, but that it also attempts to influence or communicate. Acknowledging the political context that has created and sustains this issue, we also note long traditions of politically motivated self-harm and suicide, for example, by self-immolation or hunger strike; and that political protests using these methods — lip-sewing, cutting and self-burial — have occurred in Australian immigration settings.
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