On the 17th of April 2005 nine fresh faced young Australians flashed
across our television screens. Pictures of their Heroin strapped bodies
were on the front cover of every newspaper in the country. The images
presenting themselves threw our populous into a moral dilemma. As a
nation we have been forced to come to a decision as to whether we agree
with the death penalty and how we are going to cope if our
fellow citizens are executed.
Having grown up in Indonesia and returning many times I was greatly
saddened by the actions of these nine people but amazed at how
the Australian Federal Police seemed so quick to wash their hands of them
and hoped that we as a nation wouldn’t do the same thing.
I am in strong opposition to the death penalty and now with two of the
Bali Nine, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, seeking clemency it is even more important to humanise their plight and hopefully change their sentence.
“Bondi Dreaming” is a fictitious three-hander in two acts about three young Aussie
blokes who have done the wrong thing and are about to pay the ultimate
price. Not having much to look forward to the characters concentrate on
imagining and role-playing elements of their lives. They explore their
past and what may have been their future. Doing this serves as a form of
escapism and also a means for them to express emotions not normally
associated with the darkness of a prison cell.
I hope “Bondi Dreaming” helps to warn of the dangers of breaking foreign
laws and also reconnects people to the idea that no matter how heinous a
crime the perpetrators are still human beings who, like us all, make
mistakes for many reasons. The death penalty not only takes away a
single individual’s right to redemption but it takes, from those who
witness it, the right to understand and forgive.
“Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man’s nature runs to,
the more ought law to weed it out.”
Sir Francis Bacon
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