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Twenty years ago this very week, my family and I were on a small wooden fishing boat in the Indian Ocean, having fled the barbarism of the #Taliban. We were rescued by the Norwegian containership, the MV Tampa, and denied entry to Australia at the point of a gun.
This also set into motion the torturous policy of offshore detention, where thousands of asylum seekers have been sentenced to indefinite imprisonment, for the simple act of wanting dignity and security.
Luckily for my family, good ole NZ came to our rescue and the rest is history. These photos show our dramatic rescue and the events thereafter. I detail our journey in my memoir #AfterTheTampa, out now at all major bookstores across Australia and New Zealand.
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We are on the phone with a compassionate young Home Affairs employee, an interpreter, a wildly distressed young woman who is trying to bring her mother & 2 siblings, who are children, safely to Australia.

She applied urgently 2 weeks ago.
@dfat @RACSaustralia @karenandrewsmp
2/ So far, we have been on the phone for almost two hours, trying to just get information on the status of her application.

This young woman is holding it together far better than I would.

She is still not holding it together. How could you?
3/ They have sent it off to the Priority Processing Team. But they can't give us any indication when they or if they will respond. @RACSaustralia says DFAT advice is not to go to the airport, to stay safe.

The airport shuts in two days, they said. But that was yesterday.
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