Check out this great article by John Pilger – Australia’s stop the boats policy is cynical and lawless. He nailed it right on the head. Except for Aborigines, everyone in Australia came in some kind of boat (or plane). It’s so sad that I’m living in a country with such rampant racism and so much fear-mongering. Really, what ever happened to giving people a ‘fair go’? Or does that only apply to the right kind of people? There are obviously the wrong kind of people; the ones who are left to drown so close to our shores, and the ones abandoned in detention camps.
As an Australian citizen, it makes me wonder who I’m going to vote for when September comes. It’s either Rudd or Abbott, and both aren’t exactly shining beacons for humanity. Voting for Kevin Rudd makes me sick, but I’ll do it anyway echoes my sentiments.
Times like this, I wonder if alien invasion is needed to level out the playing field. You know, nothing like a healthy dose of intergalactic terror to make the world realise that HEY WE ARE ALL HUMAN SO LET’S PLAY NICE! Maybe that’s why I really enjoyed the Mass Effect video game series. Humanity was finally united. We were the immature species compared to the other aliens who figured out awesome technology way before we did.
Sigh. If this is how the government treats the most vulnerable sectors of humanity, then we’ve got a long way to go.
* note: I don’t really believe in aliens. Really.
Published by Raidah Shah Idil
Raidah Shah Idil is a student counsellor, poet, writer, and creative instructor with a passion for YA (young adult), fantasy, sci-fi and detective fiction. She was born in Singapore and moved to Australia at the age of 12. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (English) and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of New South Wales in 2005.
After working as a marketing copywriter and studying the Islamic Sciences in Amman, Jordan for nearly two years, she returned to Sydney, got married, then moved to Malaysia. While working as a part-time tutor at Axiom Learning, she works as an online counsellor for Seekershub Global. She has completed her Diploma of Counselling through the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors. Her full-time job is raising her baby daughter. Everything else is squeezed in between. Literally. Her writing has been published in The Feminist Wire, SISTERS magazine, Daily Life, Lip Mag and Venture Beat. Raidah’s poetry was recently published in the ‘Armed With Only Our Souls’ online DDFS chapbook by New York poet Caits Meissner. Her debut double-featured novel, “Finding Jamilah and the Story of Yusuf” was published by MyLegacy publications in early 2014.
In her spare time (ha), she reads, listens to audiobooks, goes on walks, and is always on the lookout for tasty noodle soup. She currently lives in a green, leafy suburb in Kuala Lumpur with her husband, three small children and mother-in-law.
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