Kids, no mat­ter where, de­serve pro­tec­tion

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS - By RUTH FLUHR

UNI­VER­SAL Chil­dren’s Day, which will be cel­e­brated around the world on Novem­ber 20, aims to pro­mote the wel­fare of chil­dren world­wide.

Six years af­ter the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment be­gan send­ing peo­ple seek­ing asy­lum to Nauru, there are still around 900 peo­ple left on the is­land, in­clud­ing about 100 chil­dren.

There is com­pelling ev­i­dence that the con­tin­u­ing de­ten­tion of these chil­dren will have far-reach­ing ef­fects on their fu­ture.

De­spite re­peated calls by the United Na­tions, med­i­cal bod­ies, hun­dreds of char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups, it has taken fed­eral court ac­tion to se­cure the trans­fer of a small num­ber of crit­i­cally ill chil­dren to Aus­tralia for med­i­cal treat­ment.

Ru­ral Aus­tralians for Refugees-Strath­bo­gie Shire is putting its sup­port be­hind #Kid­sOf­fNauru, an Aus­tralia-wide cam­paign in­volv­ing all Aus­tralian refugee ad­vo­cacy groups.

Sup­port­ers are gath­er­ing in Can­berra on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 16 to ap­peal to the gov­ern­ment on be­half of the chil­dren on Nauru.

There are a num­ber of seats avail­able on the bus leav­ing Be­nalla early Tues­day morn­ing for the re­turn day trip (con­tact RAR Be­nalla Tel: 5762 8088).

Also, it has been shown that writ­ing to our politi­cians, of what­ever stripe, is one of the best ways to have your voice heard.

Let­ter-writ­ing af­ter­noons will take place in Euroa (Meet­ing Room, Euroa Li­brary, 2-4pm, Wed. Oct 17, and Vi­o­let Town (VT Li­brary, 2-4pm, Wed. Oct 24).

Tem­plates, ad­dresses, pa­per, en­velopes and stamps – and af­ter­noon tea – will be avail­able.

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