The hypocrisy is galling. Abbott government Minister George Brandis' invokes freedom of speech when advocating for a winding back of protections against racial vilification, and yet moves to censor artists wishing to criticise his government's appalling and cruel refugee policies.
I love this time of year - the heat, the surf, the food, catching up with family and friends. But at a Christmas lunch with refugees our shared enjoyment was marred by the outcome of cruel government policies.
Over the past year I have come to know many of the Tamil refugees at Villawood, so along with my staff I was very pleased to accept their invitation to join them for lunch.