Australia Day

A few hundred years ago, a group of Europeans took a treacherous boat journey. Some to find a new beginning, some to live a life of punishment for having to do desperate things to feed their families. When their boats reached the shores of a distant territory, people were already there. Living on the land … …

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Beyond the Wire … the people of Manus Island

The Australian Council for International Development and Guardian Australia have put together an online collection of personal insights called BEYOND THE WIRE The refugees brought to Manus Island and the local people share their stories   This is a collection of stories of the people of Manus Island – those sent there against their will …

When a 6yr old says her name is ‘EZB037’, something is very very wrong

During my first visits to the Nauru "regional processing centre" in 2014, I knelt down to speak with a six year-old girl. Asking her name, I was disturbed when she answered with a boat number, "EZB037.” Believing she misheard, I asked again, only to hear the same letters and number repeated. We can only imagine …

TOO SICK to transfer from Nauru for urgent medical treatment

Today, another harrowing personal story has highlighted one of the many cruelly damaging aspects of Australia's offshore processing/detention policy. A Rohingya man who has been on Nauru for years – even though his wife and baby have been transferred to Australia – was reported as being unable to be transferred to Australia because his health …

PROPAGANDA:

"information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view"     or "information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc."   Looking at 4 days of 'news', perhaps the Australian public should be thinking about where to …

Myths/Spin/Lies? … THE TRUTH ALL AUSTRALIANS NEED TO KNOW

On Monday (11 Dec), Peter Dutton threw out accusations of "lying" and "propaganda' and Malcolm Turnbull appeared on Q&A congratulating his coalition government for saving lives at sea, putting the people smugglers out of business and and having "one of the most generous humanitarian programs in the world", making the real issue that … ALL Australians …

ANOTHER PRISON – Update on Manus Refugees

To read more on why Australia's treatment of asylum seekers is a "catastrophe of conscious and political creation" with the 'saving drownings' myth exposed, click here        AND For detail on the recent revelations that the Australian government used increasingly more harsh measures to drive refugees and asylum seekers from the detention centre KNOWING the 'possibility of “extreme” outcomes', information …

Learning to be Human

On a day when Australians peacefully protested as the men on Manus Island have been having to do for far too long, I learnt about being human. Since the Tampa Affair, the policies of successive Australian governments have shown us ignorance and cruelty. And for 16 years, Australia has learned those traits well. We have …

Peaceful Protests across Australia this weekend #evacuatemanus

The men who were forcibly removed from the RPC don't belong on Manus Island and they don't want to be there. Manus Island – its people and their culture, the small communities and inhabitable terrain, the employment situation etc. – can't cope with an influx of hundreds of men from different parts of the world. …

Attack on Manus Refugees – Day 2

No one can now say that force is not being used. No one can dispute that violence is being inflicted on people on Manus Island and the REFUGEES are NOT responsible. The men who refused to leave the RPC have shown resilience and restraint to maintain their PEACEFUL protest under extreme pressure, particularly when a …