Famous Aussies Unite for Song Protesting Treatment of Child Asylum Seekers: Watch


A roll call of prominent Australians have recorded a song to draw attention to the government’s controversial policy of indefinitely holding child asylum seekers in detention. 

The likes of ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Glenn Shorrock of Little River Band and country great John Williamson, retired rugby star George Gregan and actor Rachel Ward are among the 30-plus performers in the protest song, which was spearheaded by veteran actor Bryan Brown. Darren Percival, runner-up in the inaugural 2012 edition of The Voice Australia, was musical director on the project.

The recording was released Wednesday on iTunes. Proceeds from sales will benefit We’re Better Than This, a not-for-profit organization whose motivation is to release children from refugee detention centers.

According to the organization, around 700 children are currently detailed in the facilities both on the mainland and offshore, in defiance of international human rights conventions. Its “humanifesto” notes, “You are free to choose how you will stand against this travesty of justice and morality.” 

"If we don't know how to look after children who are put in our care, how do we know how to do anything else? The more I think about it, the more I am just appalled,” Brown told the publicly-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  

Watch the clip below. 


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