The City of Yarra has been a Refugee Welcome Zone since 2002 and the City prides itself as one of the first local governments to join this initiative.
A Refugee Welcome Zone is a Local Government Area, which has made a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community. The Yarra Council adopted its Refugee and Asylum Seeker Statement in 2005, which outlines Yarra’s commitment to a respectful and compassionate approach to asylum seekers.
With the recent campaign around the 37 children that used the #LetThemStay hastag, we wondered what people thought. Through our twitter account we conducted a straw poll and asked people to vote as to whether the asylum seekers should:
A ) be sent back to Nauru
B) processed here in Australia
Perhaps it reflects the compassion of Australians that not one person voted to send them back. Indeed it was a small sample but …. Not one…
Keep an eye out for future YR Straw Polls and have your say.