Mother’s Day isn’t the same when you’re forced away from family
By Michelle Bennett – ABC News – 13 may 2018
For me and millions of other mums around Australia, today will be a special day.
I’ll wake to some slightly burnt toast, some slightly cold tea, a jar of jam from the school stall and probably a couple of earnest home-made Mother’s Day cards, delivered to me in bed with a smile from my two beautiful boys.
But Monday morning I’ll be back at work, where my colleagues and I will be supporting mothers who were forced to endure a very different Mother’s Day.
The Human Rights Law Centre supports several families split between Australia and our Government’s offshore detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru.
These families should be together. They should be rebuilding their lives in freedom and safety together.
With the stroke of a pen, Mr Dutton could make that happen tomorrow. He should. And then these mums could finally feel the same love and warmth that I will on Mother’s Day once again.
Michelle Bennett is the director of communications at the Human Rights Law Centre.
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