Bali, the long time holiday destination of choice for many Australians, is now being considered as public enemy number one by the same number.
It’s been well documented, so I don’t want to run through the details but it is situations like this that urged me to begin to write here.
Over a decade ago 9 young Australians unsuccessfully attempted to smuggle drugs into Indonesia. They knew the penalty and this morning, 2 of them received the maximum.
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran now have Bali bullet holes in their chest.
Their lives lost, their families crushed and international politics are mess. Despite this damage, I find the largest holes in my own community. It’s displayed ‘proudly’ on social media and justified by archaic law. “They knew the consequences” they say.
They did and more do now but at what cost is such a lack of compassion to our community?
Prison should never be about punishment but reform. If we are drawn into a heartless ‘do the crime pay the time’ system we are no better than the long lost operators of POW camps. And we know the horror they bring.
Yes, you may have guessed, #istandformercy but more steadfast, I stand for love. Let’s not be drawn into spiteful arguments but discuss the problem at it’s roots instead of face value.
Let’s find sense is the senseless together.
Life, and a prison system, without compassion is one of prejudice, hate and fear. Is this community?