Dickson College students have published an open letter about one of their fellow students. The letter says that every week, when he applies to the Department of Immigration for a weekly visa extension, he has to explain that if he goes “back home” to where he was born he may be murdered by someone whose crime will go unpunished. His small amount of Red Cross funding has been cut off, and now that he has turned 18 he is no longer supported by the Australian Government. He is not eligible to receive the university education that many of his fellow students look forward to.
The biggest weekly decision for the average college student is whether or not to go to a party on the weekend, but for some of the teens in the college bridging program it is how to feed themselves, and how to stay out of a detention centre for another week.