Too many Australians dont know what it is to be human anymore. Or maybe that is not so new. The continent was once called Terra Nullius (Nobody’s Land) so that colonisers could ignore the indigenous inhabitants and claim ownership for their own nation.
Many people in Australia believe Australia has a good human rights record, but, so far, not a single one of them from the Prime Minister down has been willing to say publicly and openly for me on this blog that what happened to me was wrong: in 2016 when I wanted to celebrate human rights in Australia, my own human rights were trashed.
So I renounced my citizenship and sought asylum in Indonesia, a nation built on civilised humanity.
After two weeks of sanctuary in a tertiary level madrassah and three months in Immigration Detention, I was deported back to Australia against my will.
I might become homeless this Australian summer.
But I wont back down: I stand on and I speak up for my right to be free.
For freedom of speech.
For the integrity of representative democracy.
For the right to self-determination.
Geoff Fox, Human Rights Day, 2019, Terra Nullius