Adeyemi Johnson, of Lismore, challenges Peter Dutton to a scrabble challenge. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Adeyemi Johnson, of Lismore, challenges Peter Dutton to a scrabble challenge. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

OPINION: Here’s one game you really ought to play Mr Dutton

ADEYEMI JOHNSON is the type of refugee Immigration Minister Peter Dutton really needs to meet.

Not only is the former journalist literate and numerate he’s doing a job many Australians simply wouldn’t want to do.

He’s also pretty handy at Scrabble and I would expect he’d absolutely wipe the floor with Dutton if the Minister ever took up Adeyemi’s challenge to play him.

That’s exactly what I’d like to see happen during this election campaign.

But that’s not how election campaigns go, is it?

It is Dutton’s role to play the villain and demonise refugees in order to boost the script the Coalition is protecting our borders.

But his silly comments are just blown away when you meet a bloke like Adeyemi

The 54-year-old fled war-torn Sierra Leone and arrived in Lismore in 2008 with the help of Sanctuary Northern Rivers.

He took up an entry level job in aged care and has stayed in the industry ever since.

It’s an area of health that many would turn their noses up, but Adeyemi loves what he does.

“Most of these old people, their families are not around, so I am happy to give back. They brighten my life and I want to put smiles on other people’s faces. Let them know they belong,” he said.

If only Mr Dutton had the same attitude.



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