New the­atre of war

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

I was aware that Brendan Nel­son was want­ing

$500 mil­lion to ex­pand the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial be­fore I read your ed­i­to­rial, “Nel­son’s new col­umn” (April 28–May 4). I didn’t re­alise that this was to cel­e­brate the work of the Aus­tralian Bor­der Force in “keep­ing our bor­ders safe”, as we are reg­u­larly re­minded. I am sure some of this work is dif­fi­cult, dan­ger­ous and very un­pleas­ant at times, but the mil­i­tari­sa­tion of cus­toms and ex­cise, the mil­i­tary-style uni­forms and the veil of se­crecy over “on wa­ter mat­ters” along with the mas­sive hid­den cost of all this does make you won­der what this new ed­i­fice will con­tain. Could it be dio­ra­mas of boats be­ing turned back or cap­tains of boats be­ing paid bribes to re­turn to where they came, or scale models of the camps on Manus Is­land? As it is a war me­mo­rial, it would ap­pear that Brendan Nel­son, Michael Pez­zullo et al see all of this as a the­atre of war. Shame on them and all our lead­ers who con­done what is be­ing done in our name.

– Tony Healy, Bal­wyn North, Vic

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.