Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Days 4+5: Adelaide

My parents’ home feels like an under-resourced non-government organisation in the midst of a massive campaign. We’ve spread ourselves across every surface we can find: benches, tables and floor. Paddling stuff, computers, phones, papers. Press releases, merchandise, last minute arrangements. It feels like we are trying to cram too many tasks into too small a time frame.

On Tuesday evening we headed into the ABC studios in Adelaide for an interview with Peter Goers. The most entertaining part of it occurred after the interview was over. Peter raced us outside during the news break so that he could have a smoke. He drew heavily on his cigarette while frantically telling us the story of the South Australia’s Lieutenant Governor-Designate, Mr Hieu Van Le, who was himself a refugee, arriving in Australia from Vietnam in the late 1970s. Peter spoke of the different reception that Hieu Van Le and others received when they arrived as refugees compared to those who have sought our assistance since then.

On the way home from the studio we had what we hope is the only car trouble for the journey. We were engaged in some sensitive and highly important shopping for the success of EXCISED when our car, which I took charge of just a couple of days before we left Aireys and which looks great, broke down. As luck would have it, I hadn’t had time to join the RACV before we left. So I dipped my hand deeply into my pocket and joined the RAA on the spot. A few hundred dollars and a new battery later, we were on our way.

Read about Hieu Van Le’s story at http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/sa/content/2006/s1935506.htm


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