Save Medevac!

The Morrison government is about to introduce a bill to repeal the law that ensures the proper healthcare for dangerously ill people in indefinite offshore detention.  The Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 could be introduced to the lower house of Parliament as early as this Thursday. Medevac allows innocent people their basic right to healthcare, many …

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“The Prime Minister Apologises to Refugees” WORLD REFUGEE DAY

The year is 2030. On behalf of the Australian people the Prime Minister apologises to refugees, now resettled in Australia and elsewhere, for the conditions they were forced to endure in offshore detention camps. As Australians, we reflect. How could we allow this to happen? What could we have done to stop it? https://youtu.be/JF1-F4lp4AA David …

Tax Deductible Donations to Refugee Council of Australia will help reach fundraising target

A follow-up from yesterday's post ('Dutton, Paladin, the US … your support for refugees is needed more than ever'). Here's another way to help that will take a minute  … 8. Make a tax deductible donation to the Refugee Council of Australia – the peak body in the refugee sector. CEO, Paul Power, has written: …

Dutton, Paladin, the US … your support for refugees is needed more than ever

THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL ELECTION RESULT WAS DEVASTATING FOR VERY VULNERABLE PEOPLE Manus Province governor calls for immediate removal of refugees as self harm spikes (Click link to hear report on ABC radio)   And since the election, the news has continued to be bleak: Peter Dutton takes over refugee services prompting calls for ‘cultural shift’ (click …

You still have power … despite the politicians that now sit in parliament

Our previous post encouraged Australians to vote for 'the things that matter' – for values, for a legacy that will inform a more inclusive future for the global community, …. And many of you did that. Many voted too it seems to demonstrate dissatisfaction with the major parties. And many voted because they trust what they …

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter

Sometimes we can feel that our vote is just going through the motions of some imposed regulation, that our one piece of paper means nothing. Often, in parts of the world, an election day can mean turbulence and violence. And in Australia it can come down to sausage sizzles and relief that we might not …

The “Australian Story” of Behrouz Boochani

Tonight (1 April, 2019) on Australia's national public broadcaster, the long running documentary series, "Australian Story" will focus on someone who isn't allowed to ever be Australian and, although he has committed no crime, is regularly vilified by many Australians, including members of the current Australian government. But Australia has shaped the last five years …

Hate Divides. Empathy Unites.

This post was started on the day after the horrific attack in New Zealand. It was then entitled "Jacinda Ardern and Fraser Anning: their messages … our response". Since then, there has been much social comment and media coverage in relation to the use of language and the attitudes that demonstrate a distinct contrast between …

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

As many of us feel relief at the passing of the medical evacuation bill (and others don't), it may be controversial to introduce a different perspective. Even so, there might just be some other aspects of the issue worth thinking about: Why did Australian politicians spend so much time debating multiple aspects of the issue …

FROM ‘innocents drowning’ TO ‘menace at the gates’

When we saw them floundering in the water as the debris of the pathetic vessels floated around them, Australians were motivated to prevent more innocent people from losing their lives by drowning. But now they're not people floundering. They are evil with destructive intent. An entity that requires ever-increasing "border protection" to prevent the infiltration …