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 …

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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 …

What YOU can do …

You can Email Empathy. You can contact MPs and Senators regarding specific incidents and tragedies. (Just accessing our pages and posts will facilitate that). But there are ALWAYS more things that can be done online, at home or even in your workplace or school. You can … 1. Connect with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) where …

Labor on Refugees? Slim hope for humanity after all

Our post "FINALLY … Labor CONSIDERING CHANGING Position on Offshore Processing!" came from news that there was to be debate at the July Labor Party annual conference over the retention of restrict offshore processing policy. But the prospect of that possibly leading to at least one of the major parties beginning to develop humane, logical and …

Abuse and Neglect Offshore – Senate Recommendations IGNORED

ONE YEAR AFTER SCATHING FINDINGS AND URGENT RECOMMENDATIONS, NOTHING HAS CHANGED. 12 September 2016: Australian Senate referred the matters of ABUSE, SELF-HARM and NEGLECT OF PEOPLE SEEKING ASYLUM HELD ON NAURU AND MANUS ISLAND to Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report. 21 April 2017: Report with findings and recommendations provided to Australian government The Senate Committee …

Border protection policies HERE TO STAY – ABF/Dept Home Affairs

The Australian Border Force is a division of what is now called the Department of Home Affairs. In a democratic society where every member of the population has a vote and voice on how the country should be run, CAN we be TOLD by a government department that policies that many oppose WILL NEVER CHANGE? …

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. …

The FACTS about Manus

Today's Guardian article by Senator Nick McKim gives clarity and truth to some of the misinformation or doubts that proliferate about the crisis on Manus Island. To anyone who is asking questions about the refugees and their situation, there are some objective, informed answers. Here at this website too, we're aiming to provide a clear …

SPEAKING OUT as the Manus Crisis worsens …

The voices accusing Australia of crimes against humanity are far outweighing the pale repetition of baseless rhetoric by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton.   Grand Chief of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare has accused the Australian and PNG governments of lacking human dignity and respect over the Manus Island …