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‘It was life or death’: the plane-hijacking refugees Australia embraced

Luke Henriques-Gomes’s grandfather was one of 44 refugees to arrive in 1975 on the only RAAF plane ever hijacked.

The official response still staggers him

  • Luke Henriques-Gomes
  • The Guardian

Let’s conduct a quick thought experiment: what would happen if one day, in the middle of a civil war on a small island unknown to most, a group of refugees forced themselves on…

To which far-flung detention centre would they be sent?

How long would their jail sentences be?

Or would they simply be sent back home – possibly to die?

Surely the group would not have been asked a…

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