Thursday, October 27, 2005

Ways to respond: some ideas

Australian people need to become more aware of the legislation that is continuing to be passed through Parliament in the name of a “War on Terror”, and they need to hold their representatives accountable.

Here a
some ideas for ways to respond to the plans of the State and Federal Governments. These are just the ones we've noticed or have been able to come up with. There must be literally zillions more. Or at least millions.

Contact your MPs and Senators

You may wish to write to your representatives – we have provided some template letters to get you started in this direction.

Send letters to your state representatives. Here is a list of their addresses. (In the State Parliament, the Legislative Assembly is the lower house, the Legislative Council the upper.)

Even better, you can telephone the member in your electorate (remembering that both State and Federal Governments are involved), and arrange to meet with them. At least according to the official story, they represent you, and should be happy to speak with you. Your local member can be found by using the internet http://aec.gov.au or by calling the AEC on 13 23 26.

"Telephone your Federal member of parliament and arrange to meet them [...]. If you can't meet with your MP [...], ask to speak with them over the phone. And failing that, ask to meet their most senior adviser." -- Click here for more, including a list of questions you might want to ask, a list that could easily be expanded. (The linked article might seem to suggest that the legislation, if it gets passed, cannot be removed. Naturally this is not the case.)

Here is a somewhat daunting list of members' email addresses. The state reps are all NSW, but the federal upper/lower houses are listed too.

Here's what the Civil Rights Network 'urges'.


Some other ideas:

+ Make a T-shirt. Ideas for T-shirt slogans (use fabric paint and a brush, very easy, or a stencil and a spray can, slightly less easy, may come out in the wash. Who washes their agitatory t-shirt anyway?)
“Not yet disappeared by ASIO”
“Regime change begins at home” (maybe not if the sedition provisions in the Anti-Terrorism Bill are passed.)

Etc.

+ Read a story by Franz Kafka

+ Produce polemical art or writing, using the various legal and public-discursive categories in ‘playful’ or ‘subversive’ ways; get it seen or read a.s.a.p.; don’t be too precious about your immortality

+ Stage noisy mock-arrests in public places (but don’t of course cause a disturbance or urge any dissent or dissatisfaction with the state)

+ Of course, TALK, to your friends, neighbours, workmates, classmates, shopmen, butlers …

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