First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.
The Minister for Immigration? “No comment. REDACTED FOR OPERATIONAL REASONS”
One-term Tony has come for the scientists. He has come for CSIRO. He has come for climate change. He has come for Gonski, repeatedly. He has come for child care workers. He has even come for the Salvation Army.
But now he has come for helpless children and their shattered families.
First he cancelled their visas, and we didn’t speak. Then he capped their numbers, and we didn’t speak. Then he permitted torture, and we didn’t speak. Now he abolishes the one group with skills to help the helpless.
Scant days after Amnesty International exposed the literal torture that our country and our Government is inflicting on helpless refugees, he abolishes the tiny group with skills to help the helpless.
Unlike voters, they have no voice, because they can’t vote. We did vote for him, collectively, so we must now speak clearly and loudly.
Prime Minister: whatever you thought the country elected you to do, what you are doing now is wrong. It’s un-Australian. Worse, it’s inhuman. Voters get what they deserve, and they can change their minds at the next election. But refugees are fleeing *from* victimisation and oppression and torture not *into it*. By your continuing actions you have demonstrated a callousness and lack of care or compassion that leaves me disgusted that you represent the people of Australia.