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PEN Melbourne lends support to ‘We’re Better Than This’ campaign

November 23, 2014 IN WIP
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“Over 700 children are currently detained indefinitely by the Australian government. Indefinitely. Inhumanely. And in defiance of international human rights conventions.”

PEN Melbourne stands in support of the We’re Better Than This campaign which is advocating for an end to the detention of children in Australia’s immigration detention centres.

For more on the campaign, please follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook.

To read PEN Melbourne’s most recent statement regarding asylum seekers, click here. 

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People say that (writers) are pretty powerless: we don’t have an army, we don’t have a bureaucracy. But if that were true, then why would writers be arrested?... Because the spoken word is powerful.

— John Ralston Saul on the work of PEN International