The Age ran the story, but I didn't see it in the Geelong Advertiser!
leaders arrested for protesting inside shadow immigration minister's Geelong
October 14, 2014 - 12:33AM
Workplace Reporter for The Age
Police watch the
"prayer sit-in" inside the Geelong offices of Shadow Immigration
Minister Richard Marles. Photo: Love Makes A Way Facebook page
leaders have been arrested while staging a sit-in protest inside the Geelong
offices of a federal Labor frontbencher over the party's stance on
children in immigration detention centres.
Police arrested the
protesters - from Christian groups including the Salvation Army and the
Uniting, Baptist and Catholic churches - on Monday night after when they
refused to leave the electorate office of Shadow Immigration Minister and Corio
MP Richard Marles.
A police spokeswoman
confirmed that seven people had been taken into custody and charged with
trespass. All were bailed to face the Geelong Magistrates' Court on December
11, she said.
Salvation Army Captain
Craig Farrell is taken away by police. Photo: Love Makes A Way Facebook
The group of seven had
been holding a "prayer sit-in" inside the office, saying they would
not leave until gaining a public commitment from Mr Marles to "end the
bipartisan brutality" and demand the release of all children and families
from immigration detention centres.
An adviser for Mr Marles
said the group had spent the "majority of the day" - about eight
hours - inside the Yarra Street office before being asked to leave shortly
"Richard Marles met
with the protesters in his office and they expressed their views,"
spokeswoman Lidija Ivanovski said.
Baptist minister Simon
Moyle is arrested. Photo: Twitter: @lovemakesaway
"At about quarter
past seven, you would appreciate that people have to go home."
Ms Ivanovski said police
officers asked the protesters to move on, "but they wanted to be
The group, which calls
itself Love Makes a Way, said those arrested including theology lecturer and
grandmother-of-nine Jan Morgan, Salvation Army Captain Craig Farrell, Baptist
Reverend Brent Lyons-Lee and Uniting Church Reverend Isabel Greenall.
A similar sit-in was
staged by the group at Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's office earlier this
Salvation Army spokesman
Bruce Redman said Captain Farrell had the full support of the organisation.
"The Salvation Army
is proud to support Captain Craig Farrell in his attempt to highlight the
suffering of families in immigration detention, in particular, women and
children," Dr Redman said.
"From our point of
view, it is about dignity and protecting innocence."
The group's allegedly
illegal behaviour was also praised by the Uniting Church, with church moderator
Dan Wootton commending their courage.
"The willingness of
Uniting Church ministers to participate in an act of civil disobedience
reinforces the deep concern that is felt for children in detention," he said.
"I commend them for
their courage and join their calls in asking for a bipartisan commitment to get
all children out of detention centres with their families."
Shortly after 10.30pm,
Reverend Lyons-Lee posted on social media: "Safely home and no longer
behind bars, unlike the 789 kids in detention tonight".