Aust church leaders avoid jail for refugee protest sit-in

A group of Perth church leaders who staged a sit-in in a cabinet minister’s office to protest treatment of refugee children have avoided jail.

The group refused to leave Australian justice minister Michael Keenan’s office on February 20.

At the Perth Magistrates Court last week, the protestors were given “spent” convictions for trespassing and were released on good behaviour bonds.

They were protesting a court decision, since overturned, to return 267 refugees, including Australian-born babies, to Nauru’s immigration detention centre.

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