Refugee lives matter, yet our government is destroying them. The refugee policies of both parties have caused immense suffering, and even death, to people it is meant to protect, by detaining them indefinitely in prison-like centres in Australia and offshore; by turning around boats at sea instead of rescuing them; by deporting back to harm people who deserve our protection; by destroying the hopes of refugees by issuing only temporary visas, denying them the right to family reunion and to work; and by the unconscionable, and well-documented, physical, mental and sexual abuse that is at the core of Australia’s immigration detention system.
As educators, we must stand up against cruelty to innocents, especially children and young people. Be part of the AEU contingent at the Palm Sunday rally.
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