Dear Scott— A playwright’s more or less unrequited correspondence with the Minister/s for Immigration & Border Protection

Janaczewska, Noëlle (2015) Dear Scott— A playwright’s more or less unrequited correspondence with the Minister/s for Immigration & Border Protection. Melbourne, fortyfivedownstairs.

Author Janaczewska, Noëlle
Title Dear Scott— A playwright’s more or less unrequited correspondence with the Minister/s for Immigration & Border Protection
Place of publication Melbourne
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Publisher fortyfivedownstairs
Publication date 2015-05-21
Year available 2015
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Dear Scott— A playwright’s more or less unrequited correspondence with the Minister/s for Immigration & Border Protection I’d signed petitions and marched on demonstrations. With friends and colleagues there was a lot of talk—about mean spirits and narrow minds, about dirty political tricks to win votes. But it wasn’t enough. For all the anger I felt about Australia’s treatment of asylum-seekers, what had I, Noëlle Janaczewska, actually done? My outrage was aired in cafés and across dinner tables with people who shared it, and there it stayed. Because whenever I thought about the cruel and punitive way this country deals with refugees I felt hopeless—or helpless—or both. The issue seemed too big. The people who could change things had no heart to do so. But it wasn’t enough to sigh and splutter at each successive policy announcement. I needed to translate my anger into something tangible, challenge those responsible for sending asylum-seekers to offshore gulags. Words would be my weapon of choice. Christmas Day 2013. I wrote a letter to Scott Morrison, then Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. A paper, snail-mail missive, not an email likely to get ‘lost’ in his department’s spam filter. And every Wednesday for the next 6 months, I wrote to the Minister. This is our correspondence …
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Document type: Creative Work
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
 
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