don't leave it too late...
He was a German. He was a WWI veteran. He spoke out against Hitler. He was incarcerated in Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps for his trouble.
Martin Niemöller then spent much of the remainder of his life warning people against leaving it too late to tackle those who would tamper with our civil liberties:
His words are chillingly relevant to what is happening in Australia at this very point in time.
In Germany they first came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me —
and by that time no one was left to speak up.
When will you speak out against what's going on in this country?
And if not yet, then when?
When it affects you personally?
By then it will be too late. Way too late...
So, when will you speak out?