Saturday, July 14, 2007

Day 2: Warrnambool

One of the most remarkable things about working on asylum seeker and refugee policy over the past decade and a half has been the incredible people I have had the privilege to meet. Such people have stood against inhumane policy and practice and the sort of exclusive nationalism from which these stem. On the banks of the Hopkins River, overlooking the inlet, we had lunch with just such people. Thanks, David and Lou. Their commitment to the dignity of asylum seekers was a reminder, if we needed it, of the purpose of this journey.

After lunch, it was the Warrnambool Surf Club (thanks to Jo for providing the venue) where local musicians, Owen Eleamor, Robbie Bundell, Oriel Glennan and Aniar (Don Stewart, Andrew Hallett, Jemma Belfrage and Airley Tate) entertained a small but enthusiastic crowd to mark the beginning of the EXCISED national tour. Thanks Owen for organising the event, to Maree for MCing and to Don for providing the gear.


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