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The Great White Father has arrived on the far-flung atolls of the Pacific. Like the missionaries before him, Scott Morrison is delivering the bringing of the light -- a gospel of hope and salvation. Well, up to a point. Boiled down, his message is that if they are worried about the rising waters, they should sandbag the foreshores and move to higher ground (if there is any), because he is not going to do anything substantial to help.
Saudi Arabia is attempting to force 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun to return to the country after being apprehended in Thailand en route to Australia where she had hoped to seek asylum.
Jenny Coman, Bangalow. Where does Peter Dutton get his ideas from – or are they prompts? Having watched and listened to him (reluctantly) during the time of this government, I can’t believe he could come up with anything original – unless he does have one area of expertise: fear mongering.
A rally to protest the Federal Government's 'inhumane treatment' of asylum seekers held in offshore detention centres is being held in Lismore, and other centres across Australia, today.
Jenny Coman, Bangalow. It’s a pity that more of the large gallery present for public access at the beginning of last week’s first Byron Shire Council meeting of the year didn’t stay for at least the first item of business which was Cr Dey’s motion to reject doing business with companies that abuse human rights; he clearly had those responsible for the appalling treatment of our asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus in mind.
Harsha Prabhu, Byron Bay. The empty chair at the forum on asylum seekers and refugees at Byron Theatre on Sunday 27 September told a story. That chair was reserved for a case worker from the Australian government's offshore detention centre for asylum seekers in Nauru.
Dawn Walker, Greens candidate for Richmond. The Greens welcome this week’s announcement of funding for domestic violence training, services and prevention. However she says long-term secure funding for housing and legal services is still required.
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