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letter to Nick McKim - appreciation for efforts to spotlight horrors of Manus Island

8th December 2017

Dear Senator McKim,
I am writing to express my appreciation for the huge efforts that you have made in recent times to bring the government's cruel and punitive asylum policy to the attention of the Australian public. Your forensic spotlight on the horrors of life for detainees on Manus island, and Dutton's arrogant rejection of the facts on the ground have been a game changer for some of the people that our Rural Australians for Refugees group talk to at our local markets. Your appearances on the national TV news to report on the disgraceful treatment of the Manus detainees and their forcible removal from the Lombrun RPC had an immediate impact at local level, with many people expressing their dismay and agreeing that the offshore detention centres should be immediately evacuated.
You might be interested in the enclosed letter which I sent yesterday on behalf of our local RAR group to Shayne Neumann, and copied, together with a covering letter, to a number of his colleagues on the so-called Left of the Labor party. These included Tanya Plibersek, Anthony Albanese, Lisa Singh, Jenny Macklin, Maria Vamvakinou, Kim Carr and  Penny Wong.
Many thanks for all that you do to expose the government's disgraceful policy and for advocating for a just, lawful and humane solution for Australia's asylum seekers and refugees.

                                                                                                Yours sincerely,

                                                                                                Mike Griffin

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