MEETING: Senator for Queensland Claire Moore speaks with local activist Sue Hamlet about the recent vigil.
MEETING: Senator for Queensland Claire Moore speaks with local activist Sue Hamlet about the recent vigil. Kirstin Payne

Senator Claire Moore encouraged by vigil for refugees

QUEENSLAND ALP senator Claire Moore was invited to visit Warwick following the asylum seeker vigil held by local residents last month.

Also a member of Queensland Labor for Refugees Ms Moore said she was encouraged by the Warwick community's passion for the cause when she met with some of the event organisers, Neil Meiklejohn, Sue Hamlet and Helen O'Brien, yesterday.

"I am impressed by the response across the community around the issues of asylum; it is a great story from Warwick," Ms Moore said in correspondence to Mrs Hamlet before yesterday's meeting.

"The debate in the media has been lost and there is so much hate and ignorance that there is a constant need to keep up the response, day by day, politician by politician, newspaper letter and interview," she said to Ms Hamlet.

The vigil which brought more than 80 members of the Warwick community together in the pouring rain was seen significant move for the local residents of Australia's most conservative electorate.

Since the vigil a social justice flame has ignited amongst participants who have rejuvenated the Warwick Social Justice Network.

The group feels it is a priority to promote education on the subject because of Warwick's close proximity to refugee-welcoming zones like Toowoomba.

Though Ms Moore did not commit to any policy changes on this controversial issue she did share views on her own passions for the welfare of asylum seekers.

"Everyone has strong views on asylum seekers," Ms Moore said to the group.

However those hoping for a policy change from the opposition party may have to wait until the National conference in 2015.

"There are a wide range of views within the Labor over the years, and I won't talk about anything discussed within the caucus but the subject will be argued," she said. "There must be a debate".

The Daily News will be perusing comment from Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott and would like to hear your view on the asylum seeker debate.



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