25 May 2007, Comments Off on Not a Mother’s day post

Not a Mother’s day post

Author: Helen

But I’m so proud of my mother. She’s 85, and as bolshie as they come. On Friday night, she slept out on the corner of Lonsdale and Spring streets, at the front of the DIMIA offices (or Immi, or whatever they’re called now) with other members of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The sleepout was a protest against the Temporary Protection Visa, which as you Aussie readers know, is the policy of “OK, you can stay, but you can’t have permanent residency or bring your family here, and your education and employment options are severely limited. In other words, you’re screwed. Hopefully, you’ll die, or find some way to escape to another country.”

I wasn’t seriously worried about her, because she had the support of a tight group of friends and a portable mattress and other useful gear. Also, the immigration offices have a vast atrium thing, so they weren’t sleeping under the stars exactly. Still, I was glad when I rang the next day and she was safe. She told me the young security guard freaked out a bit when he learned that the protesters would be there all night– apparently his employers hadn’t thought to tell him. He insisted on taking her into the building to use the loo and do her nightly contact lens routine, because she has had a cataract removed and needs to wear them. It was lovely of him.

Not so lovely was the unknown person who egged the sleeping bags of many of the sleeping protesters in the night (not my mum’s, fortunately.) Mate, what a miserable waste of space you are.

Comments (0)

  • Cristy says:

    “at the front of the DIMIA offices (or Immi, or whatever they’re called now) ”

    They’re actually called DIC – something that makes me happy at least once a day!

  • tigtog says:

    I want to be like your mum when I grow up.

  • fred says:

    Good on ya mum!

  • Helen says:

    Wait’ll you see the picture I couldn’t publish before because I’d forgotten to optimise it.
    She wanted to go hang gliding for her 80th, but I came the boring depressing negative middle aged daughter and said I think her ankles might not stand up to the landing bit. So she went ultralight flying instead.

    There is some justice in the world then.

  • Damian says:

    A grouse mum indeed.

  • Bob says:

    Her ankles would have been fine, a tandem hang glider lands on wheels. She would have loved it, much better than the trike. GO MUM!

  • Helen says:

    I wish I’d known that – I’ll tell her!

  • I’m jealous.

    Every Mothers or Father day and xmas I realise how long I’ve been an orphan. And I don’t like it.

  • Bwca says:

    Dear BOACIB – you are so blessed to have such an excellent Mum.
    (and that kind security guard brought up to respect age ?
    my god I hope he hasn’t lost his job – what a sweetie).

    rock on

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