When I get older I will be stronger, they’ll call me freedom just like a waving flag.

 

let me tell you the reason i’m posting this photo, here’s what i see when i look at it - i see a beautiful, empowered and tolerant woman working hands on to improve the lives of people whilst respecting their culture and practice. most people would see this, however, in our current climate of fear, if shown a photo of another woman with a scarf over her head some would have a much more narrow minded view. i’d like to take some creative liberties (i may be stretching a bit here) and see this image of angelina as a reminder that what we do not understand is not to be feared and that there is beauty in embracing cultures beyond our own. let us not judge others by the actions of a significant minority whose beliefs they do not share, i certainly wouldn’t like to be judged for the actions of every judeo christian caucasian!

let me tell you the reason i’m posting this photo, here’s what i see when i look at it - i see a beautiful, empowered and tolerant woman working hands on to improve the lives of people whilst respecting their culture and practice. most people would see this, however, in our current climate of fear, if shown a photo of another woman with a scarf over her head some would have a much more narrow minded view. i’d like to take some creative liberties (i may be stretching a bit here) and see this image of angelina as a reminder that what we do not understand is not to be feared and that there is beauty in embracing cultures beyond our own. let us not judge others by the actions of a significant minority whose beliefs they do not share, i certainly wouldn’t like to be judged for the actions of every judeo christian caucasian!


To say that I am ashamed of my government when it comes to immigration policy does not even begin to cover it… Tony Abbott is willing to pretend that no Tamil is at risk of persecution in order to satisfy his own archaic desire for a ‘White Australia’.
The Australian governments approach to anything relating to asylum seekers goes beyond bad politics and into a realm of evil that I wonder how anyone could support and sliding us back into an era I naively hoped the world’s ideologies had superseded. When did we stop being people first? What gives us the right as Australians to decide which person is worthy of a brighter future? Asylum seekers come to our shores believing us to be multicultural, open-minded and a place where their children can experience freedom and prosperity and instead of welcoming them with open arms we prove that we are the exact opposite of what they believed us to be… we should all be so proud -_-
I leave you with my quote of the week, by George Newhouse (the lawyer for the 153 Tamil asylum seekers): “The minister cannot simply intercept vessels in the middle of the night and ‘disapper’ them.”

To say that I am ashamed of my government when it comes to immigration policy does not even begin to cover it… Tony Abbott is willing to pretend that no Tamil is at risk of persecution in order to satisfy his own archaic desire for a ‘White Australia’.

The Australian governments approach to anything relating to asylum seekers goes beyond bad politics and into a realm of evil that I wonder how anyone could support and sliding us back into an era I naively hoped the world’s ideologies had superseded. When did we stop being people first? What gives us the right as Australians to decide which person is worthy of a brighter future? Asylum seekers come to our shores believing us to be multicultural, open-minded and a place where their children can experience freedom and prosperity and instead of welcoming them with open arms we prove that we are the exact opposite of what they believed us to be… we should all be so proud -_-

I leave you with my quote of the week, by George Newhouse (the lawyer for the 153 Tamil asylum seekers): “The minister cannot simply intercept vessels in the middle of the night and ‘disapper’ them.”

Introduction

Hi. My name is Ellie. I’m 23 and I live in Brisbane. Here’s the thing - I’m having a mid-life (early-life) crisis at the moment about what direction I want my life to take. I’m studying law but I don’t want to be a lawyer unless it’s the kind that becomes Geoffrey Robertson 5 minutes after graduation! What I want is to save the world and be a champion for the environment, women and human rights… that’s a job right? Also I love to write (non-fiction that is, I’m not the creative type) but I was told by one of my lecturers this last semester that i need to “remove my emotion from my writing” and write about issues like immigration, human rights and feminism in a more black and white ‘legal’ manner. How one does that has been the question on my lips for some weeks now and i still don’t have the answer. But here’s my conclusion - I want my degree and therefore must persevere with doing it their way and find an outlet for all my passionate ranting and interesting discussions elsewhere. Hopefully this blog will be that outlet. I expect it will just be me talking to myself but for now I can live with that! What I can’t live with is stifling my heartfelt abhorrence of inequality and injustice and my unwavering optimism in our ability as a community to change for the better.