sketch was done at a talk about asylum seekers in Australia
in Gosford, December 2015.
Burnside, a man who has agitated for asylum seekers for
years, is an inspiring and passionate speaker. He spoke
at leanght about asylum seekers and how the governmetn
is targetting them on purpoose, not that they don't know
waht they are doing, but they don't care. When people
asked afterwards what one should do, he said "don't
vote for either of the major parties". There was
some discussion about whether Australia's unresolved issues
with aboriginal people might be part of the problem. If
people ostracise one group it is easier to persuade them
that another group is similarly unworthy.
said he will be delighted to represent any doctor who
breaks the most recent law past by the government which
makes it illegal for doctors (or anyone else) to disclose
abuse to children they may observe on Manus or Nauru.)
had thought that the discussion might have been an exercise
in preaching to the converted but afterwards my seat neighbour
turned to me and said with a horrified look on her face,
"My eyes have been opened. I can hardly believe what
I have heard."
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