Waiz Waik, a former Afghan refugee is going surfing with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott this morning at Manly. He arrived in Australia in 1999 when he was 18 and spent 9 months in mandatory detention.
At last year’s annual Press Gallery Ball in Canberra, they had the usual auction for charity and the one prize that attracted the highest bid of $16,000 was the offer to have breakfast with and a surfing lesson from Tony Abbott. Lawn bowls with Kevin Rudd came second with a bid of $12,600 and dinner with the Prime Minister raised an even $10,000.
The funds were provided by the lobby group GetUp and they are hoping that the one-on-one meeting will soften the coalition's approach to asylum seekers. After the personal surfing lesson, they will have brunch at a nearby cafe.