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A short-sleeved, crew-neck white cotton t-shirt frayed at neckline. Black printed text on obverse of t-shirt: /KIDS /DON'T BELONG/ IN/ DETENTION/ CENTRES/. Text on reverse: / TASMANIANS/ FOR/ REFUGEES/
CIVIC MEMENTOES Souvenirs t shirt
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Length neck to hem back of t-shirt: 660mm
Width at hem: 5540mm
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Kids \ don't belong \ in detention \ centres
Tasmanians \ for \ Refugees
History and use
This t-shirt, made and worn in support of ChilOut (Children Out of Detention), represents both an individual and community response to the policies of the Howard government relating to asylum seekers, and to more recent debates about the continuing mandatory detention of children under 18.

Donated by former Canberran of the Year and Centenary Medal winner, Frederika Steen AM, the t-shirt is part of a collection documenting the multiple human rights events and causes Frederika has been involved with over her long career as a human rights supporter and activist.

The collection highlights not only the importance of human rights issues in both a political and social sense, but also links to more recent and growing numbers of refugees and those seeking asylum as a result of global warming and climate change.
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