With Courage Let Us Combine
(from Australia’s national anthem)
It takes courage to be a refugee
the courage not to deny identity or beliefs in the face of persecution,
to leave all that is familiar in the search for peace,
to keep going when faced with devastation, loss and despair
and to begin again to work and maintain hope in an unfamiliar land.
It takes courage to speak out against injustice
and to support people at their time of greatest need.
Come help celebrate the best aspects of our nation’s welcome of refugees and the positive contributions to Australian society over the past 70 years by the 800,000 Australians who were once refugees.