Letters to Tyranny #36

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of the 36th asylum seeker on Manus Island, Mr XXX XXX, aged XX from XXX, I urge you to show leadership by changing Australia's policy on refugees to one of proactive compassion. As Ben Doherty concluded in his study of the change in rhetoric about asylum seekers:

The issue of mass irregular migration - of people seeking sanctuary in a country not their own - will be one of the planet's great challenges of the 21st Century. Already, more people are currently displaced from their homes than at almost any time in human history, and continued political instability, widespread poverty and climate disruption insist the issue will grow rather than diminish. Discussion of asylum seekers is discussion of some of the most vulnerable, disenfranchised and voiceless communities on earth. Governments should speak dispassionately when they discuss the policies and politics of asylum seekers. The media should report critically, objectively and factually. Their publics, whom they both exist to serve, will be better served for it.

Please bring the people in off-shore detention to Australia and lead the change in our language and policy from hostility to compassion.

Yours faithfully

Ruth Halbert