Letters to Tyranny #30

Dear Prime Minister,

I could continue going through the letter written to me by 'JC' from the DIBP on Minister Dutton's behalf. But I see that I have made the mistake of falling into an unending 'game' of rhetoric where "Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." [George Orwell] The history of the language used around seeking asylum in Australia shows that the mis-labelling and vilifying of asylum seekers has been going on at least since Bob Hawke's time as Prime Minister. Can you return to the language used by Michael MacKellar, minister for Immigration in the late 1970s, and open the possibility for change by changing the rhetoric?

Yours faithfully

Ruth Halbert