Opera Redhouse Plan
A. Too much paint, too little time ...
A controvercial one this. Shortly after the NO WAR incident at the
Real Opera House, I was introduced to Dave Burgess, one of the two champions
for peace who carried out the red signage. I don't condone such action,
however I did and still do feel for the guys experiencing the powerless
frustration firstly at the irresponsible sending of Australian citizens
(soldiers) to yet again another foreign land, contrary to UN charters. Secondly
at their obvious biased court justice. They were clearly over-come with
mental anguish in view of the destruction awaiting innocent Iraqi citizens.
Furthermore for Australia to invade alongside an influencial US President
who himself entered an instituation under dubious circumstances, does not
rest well with me at all. That too I strongly do not condone.
Being a satirical observer wanting to offer in some part a sense of inprinciple
support, I created this tongue-in-cheek view of the situation. Subsequent
donations to receive this post card will go to pay damages ordered by the
courts toward costs incurred cleaning the Opera House. The rest sent to
the building and rebuilding of Iraqi Hospitals and Schools. Dave Burgess
and Will Saunders are rare individuals indeed. Believing enough in something
to put their safe, everyday lives aside taking a great risk. How often will
you and I do that during ours?
Whatever your view. These actions did get you thinking. It did bring you
an awareness. It should have made you feel for someone other than yourself
and immediate family. Like Iraqi children, their parents and their truly
horrific, horrific existance and struggle.
At the end of the day, '... And in any case let's keep this all in perspective.
David Burgess and Will Saunders painted some words on the side of a building
which was then cleaned off.' As Greens Candidate for Bennelong, Andrew Wilkie
so eloquently put it, 10 December, 2003. Furthermore, may I express my support
of Andrew Wilkie's campaign for the up coming Federal election for the seat
of Been-A-Long 'time for a change' Point. Go to http://www.andrewwilkie.org.au/
and show some support yourself. [In all seriousness, Bennelong Point
Sydney is the area inclusive of the Opera House].
Click on the email re:NO WAR button above to visit Dave and Will's
website. Support thier plight and cause buy purchasing the Opera Redhouse:Plan.A,
and other fantastic greeting cards at http://www.sydneyoperahousenowar.org/cards.html.
Or simply click on the Opera Redhouse image below to view the Sydney
Morning Heralds Spike column interview with Dave. Unbiased?.... read it,
it shows its position clearly. Daves surname has been corrected in this
pdf, however the real time edition in print and on the web was incorrectly
written as "Watson".
Let me say, to balance Spikes story, there was no "Cleaning up"
drawing on a parallel that the two made money out of this sad sad incident.
Also their "hope to cash in on the Christmas spirit" simply highlights
the ignorance of a writer out to sensationalise a tragic result of individuals
driven to a point of serious reaction. Finally, and quite unfortunately
Spike and his editors Peter Munro and Jacqueline Maley left out an important
point being that all monies collected beyond the damages amount would go
to Iraq for the rebuilding of Hospitals and Schools. Perhaps they should
reflect as to how much money they themselves had donated at the time it
was needed, not now but back then?
In conclusion, I'm not a writer as such, but I know what's right and what's
not fair. It's so easy to be blasé when you work within, in this
case the Fairfax publishing machine. A machine I too once worked for.