Sunday, 19 April 2015

Anzac Day 2015

Is Australia a Great Mate???

Australians pride themselves on being great mates.  But are we really?

Our next door neighbour West Papua is searching the world for someone to be their mate and Australia has its head in the sand.

500,000 West Papuans have been genocided by the Indonesian regime but the Australian government would rather maintain good commercial relations with the killers than help West Papua.

This lack of moral integrity within the Australian government dates back a long way. This ANZAC day marks the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli; it also marks the 100th anniversary (24/Apr/1915) of the Armenian Genocide of 1.5 million people by the Turkish government.  Most of the world acknowledges that genocide.  But not the Australian government; for political and commercial reasons they formally deny that it was a genocide[1].

The Turkish government also refuses to acknowledge the genocide.  But large portions of the Turkish community do acknowledge it and many memorial services throughout Turkey will remember the Armenians at this time.  One gets the impression that only when Turkey fully acknowledges the Armenian genocide will Australia then pull its head out of the sand.

This ANZAC day we’re going to hear some moving speeches by our honourable politicians.  But what will it take to move our politicians to act regarding the West Papuan genocide?  The shocking truth behind this question is that the Australian government is immoral and has no intention of doing the right thing.

Is the Australian government a great mate?  The answer is “No!”

This ANZAC Day, please consider yourself enlisted with us to free those who are oppressed in West Papuan! 

Together we are going to storm the fortress of Australia’s political immorality and free West Papua.

© Paul Madden, leader of the Free West Papua Campaign Perth Australia, April 2015

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