I was recently reminded of something we Australians should be very ashamed of, more specifically some residents of the New South Wales town of Kincumber near Gosford.
Run out of town is probably an American expression, but it best describes what happened to the van Grafhorst family when they tried to enrol their daughter in pre school. Their daughter, Eve, contacted HIV as a baby from a blood transfusion. I won't say all, but parents at the pre school insisted Eve wear a plastic face mask and for some even that wasn't enough and threatened to withdraw their own children from the pre school.
The van Grafhorsts moved to Hastings in New Zealand where they were treated well by the local community and shock, horror, no one contracted HIV from Eve.
Eve died in 1993 at the age of eleven. Her mother subsequently received a comforting letter from Princess Diana.
So much for the tolerant and embracing Australia that that is said to look after mates when they are in trouble. Take a bow New Zealand.