“PM Please” – Project Update

With (another) new Prime Minister in office and a federal election less than 12 months away now seems like as good a time as any to reach out and tell our political leaders what’s important to us… and what better way to do that then by hand stitching messages onto a quilted portrait of our Prime Minister!? 

In early October I successfully pritched my “PM Please” project to HillsceneLIVE art festival, which was held on the 31st of October in Monbulk, Victoria. My pitch was this: I want to make Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a gift – a quilt made out of suit swatches and ties embroided with messages from people which I will collect both at the festival and via social media.

After being accepted I sent a call out via my social media for people to send me their short messages for the prime minister that start with the words ‘PM Please’ for me to stitch and on the day of HillsceneLIVE festival goers had the opportunity to stitch their own messages. Importantly, at the very start of the project I pledged to include all the messages I was given by people in the quilt without any exceptions, alterations or censorship. 

The following documents the progress of this project so far, including: a list of all 121 messages I was sent from people both at HillsceneLIVE and via social media, images from HillsceneLIVE art festival where people were invited to stitch their own messages for the PM by hand, and detailed shots of many of the embroidered messages on the quilt. The first photo below is of the quilt top which is now ready to be quilted and bound. After that is done all that needs to happen is to find a way to get it to Malcolm Turnbull….  

      

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Images from HillsceneLIVE festival, Monbulk VIC.   

 
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Detailed images of the embroidered messages on the quilt: 

  
    
    
  

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The full list of messges I collected via social media and as part of the HillsceneLIVE art festival in Monbulk, Victoria  
1. #PMPLZ put the environment first. 
2. #PMPLZ stop coal mining ruining our future. 
3. #PMPLZ end mandatory offshore detention.  
4. #PMPLZ prioritise preventative healthcare.  
5. #PMPLZ save the Syrian refugees 
6. #PMPLZ legalise same sex marriage.  
7. #PMPLZ decriminalise abortion.  
8. #PMPLZ address the human rights abuses of our country, particularly with regard to asylum seekers.  
9. #PMPLZ improve mental health services in Australia. Particularly in rural areas.   
10. #PMPLZ invest in renewable energy.  
11. #PMPLZ let your actions speak louder than campaign promises  
12. #PMPLZ decriminalise sex work. 
13. #PMPLZ ban live animal exports   
14. #PMPLZ accept my conditional thanks. Now repair Abbott’s actions. 
15. #PMPLZ don’t disappoint us.  
16. #PMPLZ govern for people not corporations.  
17. #PMPLZ ban plastic bags now. 
18. #PMPLZ restore the arts funding  
19. #PMPLZ take care of our refugees and asylum seekers  
20. #PMPLZ don’t deprive refugee children of a normal life 
21. #PMPLZ listen to us 
22. #PMPLZ take global warming seriously  
23. #PLZPLZ keep children out of detention. 
24. #PMPLZ put a price on carbon   
25. #PMPLZ stop so many women being murdered by their partners   
26. #PMPLZ put food before mines  
27. #PMPLZ no nanny state   
28. #PMpPLZ value our indigenous peoples’ ways of knowing.   
29. #PMPLZ legalise medicinal marijuana         
30. #PMPLZ protect sacred sites  
31. #PMPLZ end welfare quarantining  
32. #PMPLZ acknowledge Indigenous sovereignty 
33. #PMPLZ tax the wealthy not the poor  
34. #PMPLZ protect the Great Barrier Reef 
35. #PMPLZ protect our oceans from overfishing  
36. #PMPLZ respect the CSIRO  
37. #PMPLZ support the state education system  
38. #PMPLZ please keep our penalty rates 
39. #PMPLZ keep our privacy private  
40. #PMPLZ end mandatory data retention  
41. #PMPLZ stop taxing our periods  
42. #PMPLZ make us proud 
43. #PMPLZ ensure the national roll out of the disability insurance scheme 
44. #PMPLZ stop modelling Australia after America, or we will end up with the same kind of homelessness 
45. #PMPLZ increase the money we spend on international aid  
46. #PMPLZ set serious targets for reducing carbon emissions 
47. #PMPLZ legislate marriage equality.    
48. #PMPLZ make same-sex marriage legal.  
49. #PMPLZ allow people in love to get married. 
50. #PMPLZ support full adoption rights for same-sex couples.  
51. #PMPLZ don’t waste money on a plebiscite 
52. #PMLZ abandon the unnecessary and damaging changes to arts sector funding.  
53. #PMPLZ restore arts funding. 
54. #PMPLZ understand artists need funding and encouragement 
55. #PMPLZ stop animal factory farming    
56. #PMPLZ end live animal export  
57. #PMPLZ care for our water 
58. #PMPLZ re-instate the carbon tax 
59. #PMPLZ roll out a national container deposit scheme. 
60. #PMPLZ establish the Great Forest National Park  
61. #PMPLZ consider green energies and a blue economy  
62. PMPLZ ban CSG mining  
63. #PMPLZ legislate voluntary euthanasia 
64. #PMPLZ celebrate Australian multiculturalism.  
65. #PMPLZ I want a humanitarian government. 
66. #PMPLZ have a greater consciousness than any before. 
67. #PMPLZ seek justice, love and mercy. 
68. #PMPLZ increase the supply of suitable affordable housing  
69. #PMPLZ end homelessness 
70. #PMPLZ remember that whistleblowers should be protected not prosecuted  
71. #PMPLZ treat refugees as people too  
72. #PMPLZ ensure better planning for infrastructure in remote indigenous communities. 
73. #PMPLZ have zero tolerance for all forms of discrimination  
74. #PMPLZ respect traditional owners land rights, beliefs and values.  
75. #PMPLZ resign 
76. #PMPLZ let love in 
77. #PMPLZ let us have a conversation.  
78. #PMPLZ fight for the workplace rights of our medical professional.  
79. #PMPLZ roll back ‘security’ measures that infringe on our civil rights   
80. #PMPLZ keep your hands off our metadata 
81. #PMPLZ visit Emerald for a cuppa and chat  
82. #PMPLZ adopt an Australian bill of rights  
83. #PMPLZ print more money so we can all be better off  
84. #PMPLZ support our seafarers  
85. #PMPLZ invest in a shipbuilding industry   
86. #PMPLZ help end poverty worldwide  
87. #PMPLZ lift alcohol restrictions in rural communities and allow them to regulate their own consumption  
88. #PMPLZ update the animal welfare act in all states 
89. #PMPLZ let the boats in, everyone is human  
90. #PMPLZ help close the gap  
91. #PMPLZ help preserve aboriginal sacred sites 
92. #PMPLZ put an end to domestic violence  
93. #PMPLZ put people before the economy  
94. #PMPLZ keep university accessible to all  
95. #PMPLZ what tragedy happened to you that you can hear the voice of money but are deaf to to humanity and the cries of mother earth  
96. #PMPLZ don’t be afraid to risk your political career in order to make a difference  
97. #PMPLZ address gender inequality  
98. #PMPLZ care for our environment  
99. #PMPLZ lead the world in compassion 
100. #PMPLZ Stay out of my business 
101. #PMPLZ create an equal society for all  
102. #PMPLZ learn compassion 
103. #PMPLZ don’t be shit  
104. #PMPLZ end animal cruelty  
105. #PMPLZ remember the bees  
106. #PMPLZ tax Gina  
107. #PMPLZ wage peace  
108. #PMPLZ be honest 
109. #PMPLZ speak respectfully of your opposition  
110. #PMPLZ ban cage eggs 
111. #PMPLZ ban horse racing  
112. #PMPLZ treat refugees with respect  
113. #PMPLZ abolish uni fees 
114. #PMPLZ ban factory farming 
115. #PMPLZ empty the tanks  
116. #PMPLZ support the arts  
117. #PMPLZ share your wealth  
118. #PMPLZ tax the wealthy not the poor  
119. #PMPLZ help us are with dignity, increase aged care funding  
120. #PMPLZ respect us, represent us, good luck    
121. #PMPLZ just stop eroding common law  

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More images of the embroidered messages 
      
    
    
    
    
        
   

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