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.
Lee visited Sri Lanka as part of a fact finding mission in November 2013. Below are extracts from her diary. The names of the majority of people she met with have not been included because of ongoing concerns for the safety of Tamils and members of civil society in Sri Lanka.
Leadership and compassion are two words that certainly don't associate themselves with the first few months of the Abbott Government. Instead, we're witnessing a concerning trend when it comes to policy decisions that affect vulnerable Australians.