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Oct 22, 2009

An email for Mr Rudd and Mr Turnbull  to remind them that Australia rejected the politics of fear and hate 

Please change your policy on asylum seekers

I live in the Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
I implore you Prime Minister, bring the asylum seekers to mainland Australia so their applications for asylum can be processed quickly and fairly.

Kevin Rudd, why are you stooping to fear and hate politics? I'm ashamed of this tough-talk of yours, and how you refer to these *unlucky people as illegal immigrants. I'm ashamed to hear you brag about your conversations with Indonesia, as if you had this country at your beck and call, and as if Indonesia would make 'annoyances' disappear to keep you happy.

Do you remember that we voted OUT the Howard Government?
So why do we still have an excision zone?
Why do we still have mandatory detention? 

Adding to the shame, Malcolm Turnbull, you (and your band of unmerry men/women) keep yapping for even harsher treatment of asylum seekers! Your voice doesn't seem to originate from heart or comes over as monotonous, pushy, loud, and repetitive. Not heart, not head? That means no compassion or wisdom.

The people we (worldwide) look up to (e.g. Helen Keller, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela) and who are quoted year after year, believe in human rights for everyone!

Can you imagine that either of you, Mr Rudd and Mr Turnbull, will ever be quoted with such reverence?

We in Australia have NOT been 'brainwashed' to treat some people fairly and others unfairly. NOR were we taught to 'pass the buck'. Being Fair and Taking Responsibility is built into our education values and studies. For heavens sake, it's obvious that when people seek to escape persecution they deserve support and fair treatment from peaceful countries such as ours is meant to be.

I know, Mr Turnbull, that you enjoy (or pretend to enjoy) your visits to various cultural events in your area. You are all smiles. You promote yourself as fair, approachable, one capable of interacting with people of all ages, races and backgrounds. Many of these people that you are out to impress have themselves been subject to torture and life-threatening situations. Many have made the journey to Oz in dire circumstances, from many different countries.

But imagine if those same people were desperately attempting to migrate to Australia today, attempting to leave horror and oppressive situations behind.

We all know that you, Mr Turnbull (and you too, Mr Rudd) wouldn't be offering smiles and handshakes.

We know that Mr Rudd would lock them all up for many years, and we have to assume that you, Mr Turnbull, would do something even harsher! Then you'd both stage a public fight over these people to prove who is the tougher of the two of you...

Why adopt the Bush-style of politics that promotes fear and hate?
What part of ignorance and spite do each of YOU find so appealing?
Do you imagine my family, my friends, and I are impressed by schoolboy bully posturing and tactics?
Do you think the ordinary Australian citizen benefits from your all too often 'reactive' outbursts that lack compassion and lack wisdom?
Do you think?

Again, I implore you Mr Rudd, bring these people to mainland Australia so their applications for asylum can be processed quickly and fairly.

* 'unlucky', refering to the fact that Australians like to think of Australia as 'The Lucky Country'


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Jenny Dooley
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