Lo­cal Ru­ral Aus­tralians for Refugees meet politi­cians

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - Chron­i­cle. Wan­garatta BY SA­MAN­THA DICK

“We let them know the per­spec­tive of our mem­bers.

“Ru­ral people be­lieve in a fair go, and we don’t be­lieve refugees and asy­lum seek­ers are get­ting a fair go.”

Ms Sell­strom said the or­gan­i­sa­tion has at­tracted

THE con­cerns of Ru­ral Aus­tralians for Refugees (RAR) were brought to Par­lia­ment House last week, where pres­i­dent Marie Sell­strom, of Mans­field, and na­tional trea­surer Mar­garet Rasa of Castle­maine met with key politi­cians.

“We were able to build re­la­tion­ships with people such as Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi), Mike Kelly (MHR, EdenMonaro), Se­na­tor Richard Di Natale and Se­na­tor Sam Dast­yari on be­half of RAR’s mem­ber branches,” Ms Sell­strom told the sdick@ ne­me­dia.com.au more than 4000 mem­bers from around re­gional Aus­tralia.

“It’s about time lead­er­ship was shown in this area - we can­not keep tor­tur­ing people and we have to find a so­lu­tion,” she said.

“It’s be­come a game of pol­i­tics be­tween Trump and Turn­bull.

“Our mem­bers are very wor­ried now that it has gone on for so long - in some cases five years - and people still have no cer­tainty about their fu­ture.”

The pas­sion­ate refugee ad­vo­cate in­di­cated her visit to Can­berra would be the first of many.

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