Missy Higgins

“Only a few generations ago my ancestors arrived here by boat. And I find myself thinking on a regular basis: I am so incredibly lucky to have been born here, and not in a country where I fear for my life every day, where I struggle to feed my starving children, and where I am not allowed to voice my opinion for fear of torture.

How we can hear the stories of these poor people from afar and not welcome them into our spacious, democratic, rich country is beyond me. We need to get over our fear of the unknown, our fear of being outnumbered and pushed out: that is never going to happen. Australia is already a multi-cultural country and so much better for it, hell every country is becoming more and more multi-cultural, what’s the harm in making it more so? Let’s mix it up!

Take down the borders everywhere and let’s just have a big beautiful mix of colours and cultures and all find the common ground. I know that sounds crazy, but why not? We are, after all, all humans. Humans that love, fear, cry, laugh and just want to feel safe. Wouldn’t it be revolutionary if we all started acting like we care about each other, despite where we come from or what colour our skin is? At the moment our government is getting away with breaking international law, by turning these boats around before they even reach us, and by incarcerating these poor people for years on end. We have to let them know we’re not ok with this. I love my country and I want to be proud of it for being open-hearted and generous, don’t you?”

Missy Higgins