Books of resistance: the writers pushing for a revolution in Australia’s refugee policies

Australia’s government tries to stop stories from being told but a new wave of authors are rallying against injustice

It is stinking hot and two trucks packed with people are heading towards the Indonesian coast, where a woefully inadequate fishing vessel will, the passengers hope, transport them to Australia.

The people pack into the boats and soon all personal boundaries disappear. In exhaustion, and with little room on the vessel, wives fall asleep on other men’s shoulders, women cradle other people’s children and those who stay awake are floridly ill over the side.

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