Making a fool of misconceptions

Updated April 18 2018 - 9:40pm, first published September 13 2013 - 5:00pm

When Mary, a 71-year-old pensioner from Brighton, Tasmania, hears that her knitting group will be knitting beanies for the 400 asylum seekers about to be moved into the Pontville detention centre just up the road, she refuses to do it. As far as she's concerned they're all heathens for worshipping a different God, cowards for not fighting the war in their own country while our boys are dying over there, and men about to take all her pension money, local housing and jobs.

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