New Minister for Immigration – time for a change in policy as well as personnel

It's no surprise that Peter Dutton today placed his personal ambition ahead of his responsibilities to the mega-ministerial role he orchestrated for himself. Perhaps some politicians lobby for a portfolio that covers immigration, national security, law enforcement, emergency management, transport security and border control because they feel they have much to offer the Australia population in …

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Australia must evacuate 119 children from Nauru Detention ASAP

This little boy was born on the island of Nauru, inside the bars and fences of Australia's refugee detention centre. The only life he has known is guards shouting, steel fences, and unending imprisonment. In a place where he's called by a number, not even his name. Gabby Sutherland, a former teacher who worked on …

Children dying on Nauru, men dead on Manus … but keep 1,600 in offshore hellholes

"Forgive me for not congratulating you all for being less racist than a Nazi while children are being tortured." Senator Nick McKim could easily find the tragic irony in yesterday's bipartisan disapproval in parliament of Fraser Anning's "final solution" maiden speech. The Greens Senator spoke yesterday in parliament about the reality of indefinite offshore detention …

“THE TIME HAS COME” – by Turnbull’s standards, he and Dutton must resign

The state of conditions – and healthcare is a prominent element – in immigration detention has reached a level that means that the Australian government can no longer deny both inflicting harm on and fighting to retain inferior care for the innocent people they hold indefinitely offshore. And, by the standards espoused by the country's …

Coroner finds Australia SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for death of asylum seeker

The outcome of one of the two* coronial inquests into deaths in offshore detention underway this week has been damning for the Australian government's treatment of people seeking asylum. The Queensland Coroner this morning delivered a conclusion that confirms what those incarcerated and those advocating for them have been stating for years – that both patients and doctors …

FIVE YEARS

Frank was a dentistry student. When he came home from lectures every day, his mother would smile with pride as she put the dinner on the table. Frank’s little brother would talk about football and football players. And playing football. And Frank liked to see the little boy’s face open up with innocent childish joy. …

Australia’s forced removal of refugees breaks laws, families and the national culture

Today, the Guardian reports on an story that is tragic for those involved and shameful for Australia. But the situation is not an isolated one. This family's pain is replicated across many people seeking asylum in Australia who are treated similarly – with those in charge of immigration giving no thought for the impact of …

Finally, dying refugee moved to Australia for palliative care

"A dying Afghan refugee held on Nauru for five years has been transferred to Australia for palliative care after a sustained campaign of pressure from doctors, medical peak bodies, the media, members of the public, and even members of the Australian Border Force" the Guardian has reported exclusively today. Having posted about this situation ("More Australian government …

World Refugee Day … there’s always something you can do

Tomorrow – Wed 20 June – is WORLD REFUGEE DAY. A day for people across the globe to recognise the plight of the billions of human beings who find themselves stateless, homeless, and powerless.   It is a day to remember that anyone of us could have found ourselves in the same position were fate …

Another suicide on Nauru … thanks to a policy that’s “saving lives”

Now is the time. If you've EVER considered that Australia's policies affecting people seeking asylum are wrong, please SPEAK OUT. Please share this tragic news and encourage others to use their democratic power to change the cruel approach advocated by both the Coalition and Labor. Yet another innocent person is dead because of indefinite offshore …