If Indigenous rights are your passion, let's fast forward to see...
That we were part of:
- the Queensland Government making public and committing to implement the recommendations made by Queensland’s independent review into youth detention as well as release their youth justice strategy; and
- the main parties in WA pledging to fund new initiatives to address the causes of youth offending as they vie for election.
If it’s refugees and asylum seekers…
- Ideally Australia, but if not, a third country such as the US, will have provided sanctuary to all refugees currently on Nauru and Manus Island;
- we’ll see the Spanish-based company Ferrovial state it won’t be extending its current contract to provide services at Australia’s offshore detention centre on Nauru; and
- we’ll have made good headway with partners here in getting the vocal support of key figures in our community for Australia and our Asia Pacific neighbours to be part of a global, humane approach to the extraordinary level of human displacement the world currently faces.
If you're all about helping individuals who are facing abuses for speaking out or just because they belong to a marginalised group...
- At least eight individuals from around the world will have been freed or had justice served;
- the Philippines Parliament will have canned the attempt to reintroduce the death penalty; and
- one of the world’s biggest palm oil traders will no longer purchase from Indonesian suppliers that use child labour and exploit workers, particularly women.
And if your passion is all of the above, like me, well we’ll be very busy indeed – but it’ll be well worth it!
So how can you help make these things happen?
We’ll definitely be needing some targeted lobbying at the state level in Queensland and Western Australia to ensure we get the public commitments and action on youth justice issues that we’re after.
Keep on telling your parliamentary representative that you’re outraged by our country’s current refugee policies, but also let’s keep working on building that groundswell of community-level support by convincing your local community groups and leaders to sign on to our open letter for a more human rights-friendly approach to the global refugee problem.
Write those letters, make those calls to embassies, hit the streets with those petitions… these are all still proven ways we get results and make a real, positive change to people’s lives the world over.
And let’s see what we can do on the corporate front to improve the lives of workers in Indonesia’s palm oil plantations by petitioning and tweeting those brands that use the abuse tainted oil in their products – it’s time they come clean!