I have always known that Australia is a humane, tolerant society that welcomes and cherishes the contribution of refugees and abhors the callous cruelty being dished out to these vulnerable people in the name of “border protection”. Today we all need to stand together and show this to those who would use division and fear for political purposes. To all asylum-seekers and refugees I say #IamWithYou
I am a real Australian and I welcome refugees to our country. I am appalled by the successive governments treatment of refugees, so I do what I can to make refugees feel welcome in Australia from small things like getting socks to providing accommodation in my home. I also volunteer my time in refugee organisations helping them build capacity to help support new arrivals.