I am a woman, who, like many, hears the rhetoric of overwhelmingly male politicians telling me they act on my behalf. As though I was a child. As though they know better about my body and my hopes and my struggles than I do.
It doesn’t wash with me.
We are judged on what we do. All of us. And we must hold the current government, the current prime minister to account.
This government continues the cycle of rape, torture, deprivation and degradation inflicted on the most helpless of this planet; women and children. It threatens doctors, counsellors and social workers who speak out about their suffering and torture. Australian doctors. Australian social workers. Australian psychologists. This government is threatening its own citizens for doing their jobs! (as it did the Human Rights Commissioner)
It debases and dehumanises those who begged us for help – no different from the Nazis and the treatment of Jews, of foreigners, of people whose skin colour is anything but white.
The world has been watching. And the panic we see now is a panic born in the hearts of the desperate that they must run, now, before the world closes its borders to them as Australia has done.
We, the luck country, are responsible for the bodies washing up on shores around the world. We began this climate of ‘turn backs’ – this turning our backs on the suffering of others.
If Malcolm Turnbull wants to set his government apart from the mean-spirited and morally bankrupt policies of his predecessor, Abbott he must ACT TO REMOVE WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM DETENTION.
Nothing else will send a message to the women of Australia that he is listening.
Otherwise the women of Australia will know that their voices count for little in the face of arrogance and male privilege. And it is those two things which see more than an Australian woman a week killed in domestic violence.
Release women and children from detention now. To wait will cost more lives.