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April 20, 2024

Don’t send the children back

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  1. I live near a school and every day there is a traffic jam on the road and the road comes to a near stop. Someone must be yelling out “Stop the boats.” and the mothers of Australia take their precious cargo their beautiful fair-haired intelligent child to school in their huge big four-wheel drive gas guzzling monster, and they take their child right to the door of the school so no big bad wolf will come and gobble up their child. That is because those children are their children and there are wolves everywhere ready to grab and rape and murder a child here in Australia. That is today and there is no thought of Nauru.
    When I went to school as a child I walked two miles and we had rock fights on the way, and when I was older I rode my bike and I got hit by a car, but that was then when a child was taught independence. God I am so glad I was born then and not brought like up today’s spoiled brats and silly kids in Australia.
    Some of us brought up as independent thinkers think of the kids in Nauru and what they have to go through.


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