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 …

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Detained asylum seeker wins Australia’s richest literary prize

It has just been announced that from Manus Island, Iranian-born refugee Behrouz Boochani has won both the non-fiction prize and the prize for literature at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for his book, 'No Friend but the Mountains'. The Guardian's full report is here. Will this lead to any change in the major parties' adherence …

Kids Off Nauru Bill

The Australian Parliament might be shifting. Not anywhere near enough. But something is better than nothing when people are suffering purely because of the decision-making of Australian politicians. Andrew Wilkie (IND), Adam Bandt (Greens) and Rebekha Sharkie (Centre Alliance) have introduced the Migration Amendment (Kids Off Nauru) Bill 2018 which seeks to amend the Migration …

‘Doctors Without Borders’/MSF demand END TO OFFSHORE PROCESSING

Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are speaking out against Nauru detention … and you can join them. MSF launched psychological and psychiatric services on Nauru in November 2017. Ten days ago, on October 5, the government of Nauru informed MSF that services were "no longer required" and requested that MSF end activities …

Behrouz Boochani wins journalism award for Manus Island writing

Iranian Kurdish writer Behrouz Boochani has been detained for more than five years by the Australian government simply for seeking a safe place to live. During his time imprisoned on Manus Island, he has:  written regular diaries of his experiences for Guardian Australia, contributed to the Saturday Paper, co-directed a documentary he secretly shot on a …

WHY Dutton Must Go

There's certainly plenty in the news about immigration at the moment. But, despite the hopes of many that the current Minister for Home Affairs will be removed from his position of influence, there is something jarring about the possibility that it could come down to an accusation from his former Border Force Commissioner about misleading …

Multiple children dangerously ill while Nauru shields forum attendees amid democratic decline

The situation on Nauru has been critical for a long time. And yet it continues to worsen. With the Pacific Islands Forum now underway (1 – 9 Sept), the innocent people detained indefinitely on the island have had to deal with more disruptions and imposed restrictions. And it seems the nation of Nauru itself might …

7 year old’s living nightmare … Nauru

Ahoora is 7 years old. He and his family, every one of whom has been recognised as a refugee, have been detained on Nauru for more than 5 years. Ahoora regularly has fevers and breaks out in rashes. He wets himself as a reaction to the threat of violence from older children and, because of …

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 …

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 …