House debates

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Statements by Members

Asylum Seekers

1:47 pm

Photo of Russell BroadbentRussell Broadbent (Monash, Liberal Party) Share this | Hansard source

Ten years ago next week is the anniversary of the toppling of the democratically elected Kevin Rudd by Julia Gillard. Australia woke up to a new government. So long ago—ten years. Since then, we've had so many prime ministers and administrators, and floods, drought, fire, pestilence and recession. And now, national trauma: physical, social and economic. Then I thought, there could not be asylum seekers still in detention since Rudd-Gillard government? Surely not in this country, that some would call the great 'South Land of the Holy Spirit'? I will ask Sister Jane Keogh, she will know if there are.

Today, many shout 'Black Lives Matter', and injustice is called out through the nations. I am Russell Broadbent, member for Monash, Australia. I may stand here alone, but I say all lives matter. Asylum seekers' lives matter, and their children's lives matter. I say injustice matters, whether it's in the open, hidden or in your face. Even more so when it's in your own backyard. Some anniversary.

Comments

No comments

Log in or join to post a public comment.