A “HOT potato” food van reached Albury’s QEII square yesterday determined to take the heat out of the asylum seeker debate in the election.
Fresh from a visit to Shepparton the previous day, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre ambassador Imogen Bailey said the aim of the tour was to debunk myths about asylum seekers.
At the top of her 10 myth-busters was the fact it wasn’t illegal to be seeking asylum.
“Seeking asylum is absolutely not illegal,” she said.
“It is a global instrument in place for every human being.
“It is absolutely possible one day we would need to use that tool for ourselves.
“The flip side and negative the government doesn’t tell us is we are actually giving it up for ourselves.”
The tour will make 10 stops, serve 10,000 spuds and aims to start 10 million conversations about asylum seekers.
“The policies, politics and media out there is not necessarily reflective of what Australians really think,” Ms Bailey said.
“Australians are law- abiding humanitarians who are incredibly passionate.”
Ms Bailey said if people were told someone was a criminal doing the wrong thing, they might well think that person should be punished.
The government wrongly asserted it was illegal to seek asylum and its policies reflected that, she said.