April 10, 2015 main-user1

Put It Out There Pictures Full Statement to ABC’s Lateline Program

This is about people, not politics. People continue to come to Australia to seek a better and safer life, far too often with tragic consequences.  Many of these deaths could have been prevented. Education about the dangers of the trip and the policies that await them if they do reach Australian waters will save people from detention, disappointment and even death.

Film educates and engages like no other medium. It is a powerful and emotional way to explain the complexities of the current policies; the stories it tells moves, connects with its viewers. The impact this film will have on a person’s decision to attempt a journey by boat to Australia cannot be underestimated.

A lot of people do not realise or understand the risks and the realities of coming to Australia by boat. Raising awareness is critical.