Vote to save this mural at Bondi Beach

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We would like you to support art, specifically this work of art, and by extension human rights. This brave, striking mural, by Archibald nominated artist Luke Cornish, draws attention to the plight of the desperate and forgotten asylum seekers marooned on Australia's prison islands, Nauru and Manus. It might be uncomfortable viewing for some, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't exist. Art isn't supposed to be hidden from sight if you don't agree with it - that's something totalitarian regimes do. Sadly, a politically motivated campaign to remove this mural, by Waverley's Liberal councillors, is trying to achieve just this. From Waverley Council's website: "The Bondi Beach Sea Wall has been in operation since the late 1970s and has featured a mix of street and contemporary art with strong social and political messages throughout the decades." To quote the artist: "I've stumbled across a loophole that forces these conservatives to have to tolerate something that they can't change. Funnily enough, that is exactly how many Australians feel about our treatment of asylum seekers. If people got as upset about what was actually happening, as they did about the mural, the world would be a better place." For what it's worth, all the Bondi Beach sea wall artworks are temporary and are replaced periodically anyway. Please add your name to the petition and pass it on to anyone you think might be interested.