Saturday, July 20, 2013
I guess by now most of my domestic audience would have read the news. For anyone reading from overseas, here is a link to an article which contextualises these photos.
Here are images from the snap protest that arose from yesterday's abhorrent decision by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
|Protestors march down Swanston Street to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship|
|Federal Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young sheds tears during her speech condemning the governments policy change.|
|Protestors brave the wintery Melbourne weather at the steps of the State Library|
|Protestors chanting while marching up Bourke St, Melbourne.|
|John Gulazri of Dandenong represented Melbourne's Hazara Community.|
|Lucy Honan of the Refugee Action Collective|
|Despina Kiriakidis of Castlemaine stood vigil on the steps of the State Library. This was not a set up shot.|
This is a photo from the alter of the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple in Braybrook. My grandmother's (mum's mum) ashes are there. When mum could, she would visit the temple and offer incense in front of an image of my grandma. The last time she went was on the 2nd of July, less than three weeks before she passed away.
While I am not religious, I know that the ritual was important to mum, and it is with that in mind that I follow the traditions which she followed when my grandmother passed away in 2006.
I guess what I am saying is I will remember her in my own special way; her smile and laugh, her wicked sense of humour, her humility and strength through unimaginable adversity, and a running joke we had..
I am 25 years old and have in some way or another lived out of home since I was 18. After mum was diagnosed in Jan 2011, I moved home to look after her. Before I would retire at night, she would always remind me to brush my teeth. After a while, I would remind her to brush her teeth. She would laugh and tell me she had forgotten that I had grown up.
In those final few hours of life, one of the last senses which people lose is hearing. In her final minutes, I told her that I loved her, and that I would always remember to brush my teeth.