Progress in Australia’s Treatment of People Seeking Asylum ?

Following news of multiple recent evacuations of ill children from Nauru and a comment by a former Immigration Minister that all detained children will be off the island by year's end, hopes have been raised that there is positive change in the Australian government's approach towards people seeking asylum. There's no doubt that only 40 …

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More Australian government cruelty puts more people in impossible circumstances

A dying man denied palliative care in Australia and families 'onshore' left bereft with no support while developing the skills and local certification required for employment.   The Australian Border force says a Nauru detainee can die in Taiwan or Afghanistan The man who is dying due to advanced lung cancer does not want to go …

The Fall and Rise: the Country and the Man … what can WE do?

Piece by piece, rights have been taken away. Step by step, Australia moves backwards. From an arsenal of deterrent measures that inflict irreparable harm to immigration assistance where race is beginning to take precedence over need AND NOW unshakeable "principles" that motivate the perspective that the UN Convention on Refugees should be reassessed by "like-minded countries". This …

Is immigration policy reverting to an era where race could mean restriction?

A recent change in government immigration policy and a proposition from the Minister for Home Affairs have led to concerns that race might (once again) be a contributing factor in a person's eligibility to apply for Australian resettlement. Because despite the fact that, in reference to the abolition of the "White Australia Policy", the Department …

More cruelty from Aus Govt – up to 7000 people to have vital support cut

From June, a significant number of people living in the Australia community while they wait (many of them, for more than 5 years) for the government to make a decision on their application for protection/asylum will have support services cut. Status resolution support services (SRSS) provide a living allowance – usually 89% of Newstart allowance, or $247 …

From “G’day mate, welcome!” to “Stop the Boats!”

… how Australia's politicians have chosen to make strategic use of language to change the nation's psyche from Humanity and Equanimity to Fear and Loathing   The Vietnam War and the ensuing increase in immigration came just as the last elements of the 'White Australia Policy' had been removed from legislation. And when Malcolm Fraser …

UPDATES reveal more about Australian government’s agenda

Cardiac patient flown from Nauru to Taiwan Family on flight to Sri Lanka get last minute reprieve 'Email Empathy'  has noted the plights of just a few of the people seeking asylum in Australia as examples of widespread treatment by officials. These illustrate the unnecessary cruelty of the federal government's policies. In the past couple of …

ABF forcibly takes ‘beautiful integrated family’ in dawn raid over visa expired by one day

Is THIS what Border Protection in Australia is about? "The close-knit community of Biloela in central Queensland has been shocked by an early morning Australian Border Force raid on a Sri Lankan asylum seeker family – including two Australian-born children – over a visa expired by a single day. …Husband and wife Nadesalingam and Priya …

From Peter Dutton

Having posted regularly encouraging people to contact the minister responsible for immigration (amongst others) regarding Australia's policies on offshore processing and mandatory detention for asylum seekers, it seems appropriate to share a written response from Peter Dutton with anyone who's interested in this issue. This response was received because the federal member for the seat …