I’m absolutely gutted and horrified by Australia’s new anti-asylum seeker “policies,” it breaks my heart that this is considered a win to some Australians… I am shocked that our government thinks that this sort of policy will win votes this election year. It certainly won’t win my vote, that’s for sure. I do vote. Do you?
I am pretty much speechless that this is considered as the direction that the people of Australia want to go when it comes to the “issue” of asylum seekers. I see the issue is more of humanity and asking, how can we help? Not how can we protect ourselves from the helpless… I am an Australian. I was born and raised here and I will stand up and shout loud, ‘this is NOT what I want.’ I am ashamed by the tens of millions of dollars that the Australian Government is spending on the disgusting “You Wont Be Settled in Australia” campaign and I am shocked that it is getting any support whatsoever.
How on earth are we supposed to be able to teach our children to be gentle, empathetic human beings when we can’t practice what we preach? How can we teach our children to share when we can’t show them what sharing truly is? We say to them, do what I say not what I do as we tell them to share and to be kind and we push suffering people away from safety and into danger… when we have plenty to go around.
Where is the hope in any of that? The only thing that separates us from the people who are seeking asylum in our country is where we were born, that’s it… nothing else. It was just luck of the draw. We could so easily have been on the other side of this coin. Each and every one of us. Our children could be those children on those boats, or trapped in the dangerous refugee camps in PNG… we could be the ones trying to find safety for our families, we could be the ones holding out our hands and begging for help… they could be our children suffering.
Seeking asylum is a human right.
I don’t think there is a single person on this planet who wishes to be in a position to exercise this right. But there are many, many human beings who need to. Because of where they were born. Because of the families they were born into. Because of gender and politics and war.
We are lucky enough to live where we have a lot of opportunity. Who are we to say no to those who have less than us? Who are we to turn our backs on our fellow man and woman and say, no, we won’t help you in your time of need. Who the hell do we think we are?
So many Australians are so ambivalent to it all and it’s really starting to grate on my nerves. It’s the Australian way to shrug it off and just kick back and relax. And that’s fabulous, a lot of the time. It makes for great backyard barbeques and a wonderfully carefree way of life. But it’s not great when it comes to things that really matter. The amount of Australians that say to me “Politics? Oh I don’t give a shit about politics…” because that’s what’s expected of us… to just relax, man. But you know what? We should care. We really ought to give a shit. Because this MATTERS. It matters for me and for you and for the future of our children. It matters to the women and the men and the little kids who are scared and trying to find safety. It matters to all of us. We do not live on separate planets. We are all made of the same stuff, sharing the same earth. What we do matters. What we all do makes an enormous difference to the future of every other human being on this earth. This matters.
Doesn’t it matter to you as an Australian?
If you are elsewhere in the world, what do YOU think about all of this? Does it matter to you?