Books for politicians - striving for compassion
The Books for politicians campaign is designed to eliminate divisive language from politics and to encourage accountability from our political leaders. Language is a powerful tool, and for too long we have listened as the deliberate use of negative rhetoric has been directed at people seeking asylum, minority groups, people with disability and our First Nations people. This language has created division, mistrust and a lack of empathy. I decided it was time to draw attention to the frequent use of divisive language and to challenge our political leaders to use language based on dignity and respect.
A few days ago I delivered 226 copies of my book DIGNITY IN A TEACUP: true stories of courage and sacrifice from Christmas Island to Canberra with a message to the political leaders. During the first sitting week of the 46th Parliament of Australia the 76 members of the Senate and the 150 members of the House of representatives will receive a copy along with an information flyer explaining the purpose and vision of this campaign. I aim to highlight the impact positive language has in creating a truly inclusive and welcoming nation and insist the negative messaging we have been receiving from our political leaders ends.
I started the Go Fund Me campaign to raise the $5800 required to purchase 226 books and when I raised $2600 my publishers Australian Scholarly Publishers www.scholarly.info very generously offered to supply the books at a financial loss, because they support the objectives and vision of this campaign. I have decided to keep the campaign going in an attempt to reduce this financial loss. Any additional funds raised will be donated to the Rural Australians for Refugees www.ruralaustraliansforrefugees.org.au raising awareness of the issues relating to people from refugee background.
I wish to thank the many generous supporters of this campaign, it is so greatly appreciated. I strongly believe we can influence positive change and make a difference to our future.
Its Refugee Week and a week where I am trying to spread as many positive stories and messages about people from refugee background. I am talking every day this week to encourage compassion & empathy. I`m feeling positive!
With the 46th Parliament sitting soon I will be making sure each member of the new government receive their copy of my book. Calling an the end to the use of divisive language is crucial at this time. WE should expect respect and compassion from our leaders and I am only too happy to give them the message! If you can assist with the fund it would be greatly appreciated. Cheers
226 books signed, packed and ready for delivery to Parliament House. Calling on the 46th Parliament of Australia to remove divisive language and use dialogue to promote unity, peace and compassion. I dont think thats too much to ask from our political leaders.
I am heading to Australian Scholarly Publishing in Melbourne to pick up 226 copies of my book Dignity in a teacup: true stories of courage and sacrifice from Christmas Island. Tomorrow we drive to Canberra to present a copy to every member of the House of Representatives and the Senate, calling on the 46th Parliament of Australia to remove divisive language and use dialogue to promote unity, peace and compassion. I dont think thats too much to ask from our political leaders.