Letter to Mr Hartsuyker: Deep sense of despair and shame

Luke – I and many fellow Australians felt  a deep sense of despair and shame after watching 4 Corners last night .

Two young refugee girls stand behind a barbed wire fence in Nauru. 
Image via ABC News.

Two young refugee girls stand behind a barbed wire fence in Nauru. Image via ABC News.

As someone who has worked hard to promote this country around the world as CEO of Tourism Australia, I feel we have lost our way with the cruel inhumane treatment and persecution  of these beautiful young people interviewed on the show. They could offer our country so much .

I will be returning my Order of Australia medal I received in 2003 for services to tourism and indigenous tourism because of this.

I am deeply ashamed to call myself Australian today. I hope you feel the same.

John Morse AM

PS: The Prime Minister's comment that it is Naurus responsibility is pathetic in the extreme.

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