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News: ‘Guess what, Mr Dutton: each asylum seeker has a face and a story’

November 16, 2015 IN WIP
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PEN Melbourne’s Arnold Zable examines recent events concerning refugees detained on Christmas Island, the notion of the ‘worthy’ and ‘unworthy’ asylum seekers and how we might better respond to those who escape untenable conditions in their own countries.


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