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I can’t show you their faces, but I can tell you a bit about these two beautiful kids who I took to the Melbourne Zoo.

08 February 2016

I can’t show you their faces, but I can tell you a bit about these two beautiful kids who I took to the Melbourne Zoo.

They’re ordinary Victorians in almost every way. They go to their local primary school; they laugh, they learn, they play.

But one thing is very different: any day now, these two boys will be deported to Nauru and will stay there indefinitely.

Dozens more children face the same fate.

Please, Prime Minister: it doesn’t have to be like this. Let’s do the right thing by these children and their families. Let’s prove that we really are a fair and decent society.

It was so special meeting these two boys.

Perhaps they don’t really know what might be happening to them.

Perhaps they don't yet understand.

But they love this place. And they certainly loved their trip to the zoo. They loved seeing the baby animals in their sanctuary, safe and sound.

I wish I could have shown you their faces at that moment. You wouldn’t believe how much they smiled.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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