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  • Author's note:

    'Q&A' program, ABC television, 30 June, 2014. Michael Roche: 'Barely 3 kilometres from this building where we are tonight, a Tamil refugee named Leo killed himself by setting himself on fire because he was terrified of being sent back to Sri Lanka and of the fate that awaited him there. My 13-year-old and 10 year-old sons asked me who a person could possibly be pushed to take such an horrific, devastating action around the corner from where we live. I really struggled to give them an even remotely satisfactory answer.'

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    y Writing to the Wire Dan Disney (editor), Christopher Kelen (editor), Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2016 9625708 2016 anthology poetry

    'Surely we are better than this?

    'The seeking of asylum in Australia has been politicised in recent decades. Our national conversation has vilified people fleeing persecution and desensitised the Australian polity to human suffering. We are further marginalising the most vulnerable groups in the world and at greater expense than accommodating refugees in the community. What impact does this have upon our collective ethics and national identity? And if our public conversation is steering us into murky moral territory, where may a dissenting voice be heard?

    'Writing to the Wire is a collection of poems by Australians and people who would like to be Australians. It is a book about the idea of being Australian. It is about who we are and who we would rather be. Writing to the Wire offers new ways to understand injustice, to speak out and tell stories. Poetry can show us what we’re thinking and feeling in a way our politics has failed to do.' (Publication summary)

    Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2016
    pg. 165
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