Thursday, 11 October 2007

A Powerful Memorial

We had a wonderful two days in Canberra, the National Capital. In spite of all the monuments, galleries and museums we visited, this simple memorial on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin stood out the most to me. Another unfortunate chapter in Australia's human rights record. These refugees, packed on to a leaking boat, were ordered to "turn around" and refused landing rights. Of course, the overcrowded boat sank. Every time I sing that line in our National Anthem "For those who come across the seas, we've boundless space to share" I think of these people.

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