Bit busy at the mo? Bet you are. Shopping centre appearances, elf management, opening letters. What a gig. Personally, I’m very pleased you have the job because God only knows where we’d find someone else to do it. Being so thankless and all.
Sorry to write during this busy time, and I don’t normally pen anything to you, but all I want for Christmas is the Australia I was once was proud of. Sure, there are parts of being Australian which are still nice but lately, Santa, I’ve been kinda disappointed.
It came to a head yesterday when a group of desperate people attempted to find new hope for their lives by boarding a decrepit boat, with their children, only for it to smash into rocks off Christmas Island. (I’m sure the irony of the island’s name is also not lost on you).
Santa, had you heard about this? People died, Santa. There are less children on the earth now. But worse, Santa, is the fact that some people in this country completely lack any compassion or empathy about this tragedy. They’ve made jokes about it. Some on twitter. I had to unfollow them.
It has been politicised by a man called Andrew Bolt and people actually agree with his point of view. There was also some faceless key Liberal Party strategist who told the US that the issue of aslyum seekers was ‘fantastic’ for the Coalition. Imagine Santa, if you possibily can, that any person could turn such an issue into a point scoring opportunity. Can you make sure that person and Andrew Bolt are put onto the ‘naughty’ list. Give them nothing.
Also, I remember when there was this big saga about the children overboard - again an aslyum seeker trumped up, politicised story woven with what history shows us were lies and spun inaccuruacies. That’s where this whole fear mongering mess started. Could you include Mr Howard and Mr Reith on that naughty list as well.
Oh, and there is this other man who continually holds the petrol can of emotion and fear to further push the Australian general public into believing that we need to ‘Stop the Boats’. His name is Abbott but you’ve previously told me he never made it to the good list anyway. He also has friends in the media who report shit in the most odd and twisted way and people actually believe it. They should all go on the list too.
Anyways, Santa. I’m rambling. Had a bit of a night out last night, being Christmas and all. What I would really like for Christmas isn’t just one thing. It is a combination of things to try and make me more proud of this country I live in.
I remember attending a very financially challenged inner suburban school as a young girl where I played with second generation kids who struggled on a number of levels. People gave them shit about their language, their clothes and their customs. But gradually we understood that the differences are what makes us all special. We have been enriched by these families in our communities; the Italians, the Greeks.
And over time we’ve invited in other immigrants and refugees sometimes because we ruined their country through participation in wars. But something in us as a people has started to say that we don’t want them. Do you think you could buy these anti- asylum seeker people an atlas so they can see how big the country is? Do you also think you can tell me whether the people (who think asylum seekers should be detained and deported) are the ones who are getting paid the lowest wages doing the most menial of jobs?
Can you let me know (sorry, I’ve ended up asking a lot) what these people are so afraid of? What is it that they think they will lose by letting people come to settle here? How will it affect their plasma viewing, aspirational voting, suburban lives? Can you provide a history lesson for each of them but be careful whose version you use?
Santa, can you make the rascist people feel the desperation of those who risk life and limb to come here? Or is that being mean?
Can you make Australia better than it is?
Thanks Santa. I’d be happy with anything.
Lotsa love always,
PS Do you remember when everyone called Nelson Mandela a terrorist? Well, there is a guy called Julian who is being held in the UK thanks to the Swedes. Can you make sure he’s ok as well. Merry Christmas to you and yours.