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posted by Alycia Gawthorne, Jul 25, 2014
Politicians from both major parties keep using asylum seekers to score political points. Alycia Gawthorne from GetUp says that instead of operating on our most base human emotions, fear of the unknown, our actions should reflect our nation’s true values of mateship and a fair go.
Earlier this year Australians witnessed what was a breaking point for many who had become incensed over Australia’s increasingly cruel treatment of asylum seekers.
Rising tensions between Papua New Guinea locals and asylum seekers on Manus Island came to a head on February 16, resulting in violent clashes inside the detention centre. The next day, a man was dead. His name was Reza Barati and he was just 23 years old.
Reza wasn’t the first person to die under our care. There are countless others, who when driven to the depths of despair have taken their own lives.
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