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Every Friday, for the past five years, a group of grandmothers have been seen knitting in Hobart’s Elizabeth Street Mall. They are the visible face of a group of indomitable older women protesting against the treatment of refugees by the Australian government. These women are the Tassie Nannas. This Friday will be the fifth anniversary […]

Every Friday, for the past five years, a group of grandmothers have been seen knitting in Hobart’s Elizabeth Street Mall. They are the visible face of a group of indomitable older women protesting against the treatment of refugees by the Australian government. These women are the Tassie Nannas.

This Friday will be the fifth anniversary of the first stitches knitted in the mall. The Tassie Nannas have accomplished many things during this time, not the least of which is raising more than $40,000 dollars, mainly through knitting items to sell at stalls and blankets to raffle.

That money is to send refugees from Australia to Canada. The cost of Canada’s private sponsorship program is $20,000 per refugee, and the Nannas are now raising money to fund a third refugee.

“Tassie Nannas believe that Australia’s indefinite detention of innocent people and refusal to allow them to settle here is cruel, unjust and illegal under international law,” says Nanna Trish Moran.

Since beginning in 2014 as a lobby group, the Nannas have accomplished many things, including taking part in a successful campaign to bring refugee children, who were held on the small Pacific Island of Nauru, to Australia.

The Tassie Nannas have visited Parliament House in Canberra and the local offices of Tasmanian federal members, in an effort to change refugee policies.

The Tassie Nannas have publicly knitted, rain hail or shine (excepting for Covid restrictions) for five years.  They intend to continue, at least until all the refugees affected by the policy introduced seven years ago are settled in Australia or in a comparable country, such as New Zealand.

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Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2020/11/nannas-knit-5-big-ones/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nannas-knit-5-big-ones

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