When i am feeling fragile even a train journey challenges me. Yet refugees feel compelled to make the most horrific journeys imaginable by boat to remove themselves and their families from life threatening situations, Do we, a nation of boat people, welcome these people with open arms? Alas no, our governments lock them in detention and recently even detention in this land is denied them and they are shipped off to small third world countries to be locked away.
A few years ago when I lived in Wonthaggi I spent a voluntary weekend in detention in Melbourne with many others to draw attention to the plight of refugees. I was interviewed by the local paper and photographed holding a photo of the then Prime Minister.
There have been many protests since but the situation for refugees gets worse and rival political parties vie with each other as to who will be the toughest on refugees.
It was good to picnic in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on the sunny first day of spring and show our dislike of the treatment of these poor anonymous people just trying to create better lives for themselves and families. Inspiring speeches were made and moving songs were sung by locals