30 September 2010

From the maiden speech of Adam Bandt

Extract from the maiden speech Adam Bandt, Greens Member for Melbourne, delivered in Federal Parliament today Thursday 30 September:

Ironically, it is usually those who want the fewest barriers for money to move across borders who want to build the strongest walls to stop people doing the same. But when we lock asylum seekers and refugees up indefinitely, in city and desert prisons, we have more than enough evidence that we destroy their lives and the lives of their families. There is a palpable hypocrisy in saying the threat is so dire that we must send our soldiers to fight in places like Afghanistan, and yet when people flee that threat we close the door on them.

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