Tom has drafted a letter below for consideration and I have added a few things.
It details an intent to boycott visiting Australia. I think it is close to what we need.
We want and need to hear from you. Please tell us what you think about the contents.
Also, should we be finding an email address for Ambassador Dennis Richardson (pictured) instead of snail mail?
I can't find one at the Australian Embassy website.
My opinion is that folks won't take the time to mail a letter. Maybe we should put this up in petition form, set dates for collecting signatures, then mail details to the Australian Embassy and Consuls.
We should also keep in mind that many folks outside of the US will be part of this call ... so we must make our boycott campaign broad enough to include everyone.
What you think?
This is the agreed upon letter (though we are still open for suggestions of course).
Ambassador Dennis Richardson
Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington D.C., 20036
I am writing to inform you that I am participating in a boycott by foreign tourists against Australia.
The tourist boycott is in response to Prime Minister Howard's recently adopted plan to institute what I consider draconian measures against Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. In particular, I am protesting the intention to institute compulsory medical examinations of Aboriginal children.
I consider the overal effect of Prime Minister Howard's stated plan to be racist, immoral, and illegal in terms of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
I have no wish to make this boycott last any longer than necessary. But I will continue to participate as long as the policies above remain in force.
######UPDATE###### (July 10, 2007)
K. has mentioned that we should write directly to PM John Howard. I have found a way to do so from his government page. Please see here.
Folks could copy and paste and send there ... what you think Tom, Eugene, K?
PS: See feedback in comments section from Ana of Whenua, Fenua, Enua, Vanua and Ahni of Intercontinental Cry
I feel that there is also a move toward a Petition. Am I feeling this right? I will write the petition statement and set up the account. May need a few pointers from Tom if possible.
Thanks to all.
######See Tom's blog for a very useful reading list on Howard's attack on Aboriginals.