Dear Mr Metcalfe,
I first say how sorry I was about the problems caused by
the unwelcome visit of Mr Ervin; it does seem to
illustrate how topsy-turvey your laws are, that a
convicted hijacker is allowed to visit, while a respected
historian is kept out!
2. The purpose of this letter is exploratory. I have,
as you already know, no desire to embarrass your
administration, and I will not make this letter or your
reply public in any way.
3. My presence has been formally requested by
Frederick Toben as a witness before the hearing of your
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, which is
hearing a complaint against him. I am familiar with both
Mr Toben and the work which he is doing, and I believe I
can contribute fairly and impartially to justice being
done in this affair.
4. I would like to honour Mr Toben's request and
appear as a witness. To do so, I must obtain a visitor's
visa. If granted this visa, I would stay only for as long
as needed to appear as a witness, I would not engage in
any other kind of activities whatever, and I would leave
your country on the following day at the latest.
5. After discussion with your minister and colleagues,
please inform me whether I should now apply for a visa in
the normal way.
To: Mr Andrew Metcalfe
Australian Minister of Immigration &c &c
- Benjamin Offices -
Chan St Belconnen