Message to Julia Gillard on refugees

A refugee rights rally and march on June 26 — just two days after Julia Gillard displaced Kevin Rudd as Labor Prime Minister of Australia — sent her a message about refugee policy. Gillard's statement that she understood public "anxiety" over boat arrivals has led to fears of a further lurch to the right in what already inhumane refugee policy. Each year Australia takes only a few thousand of the 15.2 million refugees needing urgent resettlement yet there is widespread racist hysteria at every arrival of a boatload of desperate asylum seekers.

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