Re: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran
To Indonesia (which had been informed about the activity of the ‘Bali Nine’ by the Australian Federal Police, knowing they would face the death penalty if arrested in Indonesia and who had themselves been informed by the father of Scott Rush [one of the ‘Bali Nine’], out of concern for his son): If you execute them, the Australian government is considering its options. Political leaders speak up.
Re: Stern Hu
To China: Chinese Ambassador ‘called in’. Mandarin-speaking Rudd angry. Media campaign – ‘Release Stern Hu!’
Re: David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib
To the United States: They’re all yours, master. Do what you want with them. If you’d like us to provide an observer while the torturing is being done, let us know.
Major Michael Mori, of the US military no less, did what no Australian political leader had the courage to do, and represented David Hicks (the ‘token white Taliban’) for years to gain his release from his imprisonment and torture. His career in the military was ruined as a result.
I recall on one occasion when Michael Mori was being interviewed in Australia, he said that he couldn’t understand how this country could abandon one of its own citizens, as it had David Hicks. Mamdouh Habib was similarly abandoned to the ideologues and agents of US capital.
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In response to the treatment of cattle sent from Australia to Indonesia
In response to the deaths by drowning of 353 men, women and children as a result of the sinking of SIEV X, ‘sailing’ from Indonesia to Australia
SIEV X?, what SIEV X?
Senator John Faulkner fought to have investigated the possible complicity of the (yes, you guessed it) Australian Federal Police in sabotaging boats used by refugees in Indonesia to come to Australia.