Dear Prime Minister Tony Abbott, from my seven year old

by Veronica on November 16, 2013

in Amy,Headfuck

I was reading this article earlier, from the Journalists who travelled the path of asylum seekers, when Amy appeared over my shoulder, interested in the photo of the little girl curled on her father’s lap.

I explained a little about asylum seekers and why they were coming to Australia and how. Her face fell when I explained that our Government doesn’t allow asylum seekers entry to Australia any more.

“But they just want a better life Mum” she explained to me, “they should be allowed to come to Tasmania. It’s safe here!”

She thought about it for a little while, skipping away and going back to her drawings, before asking what she could do to help.

“Could I write a letter?”

“Of course.”

Amy's Letter to Tony Abbott

“To Tony Abbott,

Can you please stop sending people from other countries to Detention Centres. Can you please let them have a better life and future.

Please put a tick next to yes or no to Detention Centres.

Send this letter back to me.

From Amy

Age 7″

I read this week about the mother separated from her newborn son by bureaucracy and red tape. I read of asylum seekers who desperately want a new life here, in this, the Lucky Country, and I wonder what happened to our sense of shared humanity.

Where did we go so wrong.

What happened to us Australia?


Trish November 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

The story was heartbreaking. The world needs more people like Amy to advocate for the Asylum seekers. Great work Amy.

Louise Allan November 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Call me optimistic, but I think the truth will emerge and people will see. My hope is that one day these archaic off-shore detention laws will be a thing of the past, and stay in the past. Human rights should never be put to the vote. Tony Abbott is showing who he really is in so many ways, and Australians, little-by-little, will distance themselves. Or that’s what I hope anyway …

Rosie November 16, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Louise Allan: Me too. Amy: High-five!

Robyn November 17, 2013 at 10:50 am

Veronica, I hope your little one’s heart stays as lovely as it is now and is never hardened by our often cruel world.


Emily November 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm

What a beautiful letter. Thank you for sharing. You could have just shared the words, but the image is just as beautiful.

river November 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm

What happened?

Susan, Mum to Molly November 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

How f@cking wrong is it that our kids stand in assembly every week and sing:

“For those who come across the seas,
We’ve boundless plains to share…”

Makes me cringe every time.

Ironically our school’s powerpoint of the words had a typo in it until recently:

“We’ve boundless plans to share…”

Seems more appropriate now that Abbott’s at the helm – we have plans to share, but we changed our minds!?


john malpas November 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

There are hundreds of thousands of refugees from syria, thoussands from the eternal wars in Africa, Thousands of homeless in the philipines and so on.
Are you going to make room for them all?
There are lots of young in Australia that could be better cared for?
There are lots of sick old who need operations but are kept waiting for ages.
Where does it all end.

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