No, it’s not an election debate, it’s a knit-in: Senators Nick McKim (Australian Greens), Carol Brown (ALP) and Jacqui Lambie (Independent) will put aside their political differences to knit with the Tassie Nannas in the Mall tomorrow (Friday 8th April) at 12 noon.
All three share the Nannas’ concern for the fate of children shut away with their parents and other refugees on Nauru, and for those in various forms of detention in Australia.
“These people ran from appalling situations, seeking safe refuge in Australia”, said Tassie Nanna Trish Moran.
“Instead they are stuck in a crude camp with inadequate facilities in a former guano pit on the tiny island of Nauru” she said.
“ The hospital is a mess and the camp school has been closed, so children now have to attend the local school, where they have encountered considerable hostility” she added.
“It’s time to close all the camps and free the children”, she said. “Let them all stay here in Australia.”
The Tassie Nannas have been knitting in the Liverpool St end of the Elizabeth Mall on Fridays from 11.00am – 1.00pm since November 2015, and intend to continue until all the children are free.
Trish Moran for the Nannas