Does our mateship with Australia really extend to silent acceptance, asks Amnesty International New Zealand executive director Grant Bayldon.
After I finished school, I couldn't go to university - the government wouldn't let me. So instead I volunteered for a year, six days a week, teaching kindergarten kids about letters and numbers. I wanted to be learning, but if I couldn't, then at least I could teach.
Australian government can either change course, and recover Australia's standing as a country that protects human rights – or it can decide to be known as a country that deliberately and systematically abuses thousands of people.