“Please pray for us.”
This is a message I received last night from a detainee on Manus Island who had contacted me through my facebook page.
It broke my heart, for, in reality, his prayers were for deliverance from me.
Whether I like it or not, as an Australian voter, I have been complicit in prolonging and adding to the suffering of people that have done no wrong.
They asked for safe harbour and for their trouble, I have locked them up in a hostile, crowded and unsafe environment surrounded by a volatile local situation: where local jealousies and rivalries are being violently visited on the detainees who are like sitting ducks.
It must be like shooting fish in a barrel.
To be signed and acknowledged by anyone wishing to become an Australian citizen is that the applicant understands:
that Australian society values respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual…[has] a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play and compassion…
Read it Mr Abbott, what you are doing is un-Australian – it’s against all the principles that Australians hold dear.
Abbott is taking Australian national identity and making a mockery of it. In one fell swoop he is turning us all into caricatures of something grotesque and inhuman. He needs to be stopped. He does not have a mandate for this.
I won’t let Tony Abbott steal my humanity by association.
Mr Abbott, I am better than that – and so are the majority of Australians.
NOT ON MY WATCH: NOT IN MY NAME.