They have the will and resilience, but are more isolated and alienated than before these terrifying times.
The underprivileged are experiencing intense social and cultural isolation, alienation, and loneliness. Among those who are suffering the most are asylum seekers and recently settled refugees. If I were to write a full description of what I have heard and witnessed over the last couple of weeks since the self-isolation restrictions were introduced, I would need weeks to sit and write many pages. So, for the time being, I just content myself with jotting down the following.
The Institute stands on the customary lands of the Wurundjeri people. We recognise the systematic violence that resulted in Wurundjeri being dispossessed and displaced from this land. We acknowledge that this displacement was replicated across Australia and that many Aboriginal people living in Melbourne today hail from other places. We honour the distinctive cultures, histories, and aspirations of Aboriginal people. We stand in solidarity with Aboriginal struggles for social justice and empowerment.