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 …

Last Children off Nauru … credit where credit’s due

The Australian government has just indicated that the final four children who had been left on Nauru have been accepted for resettlement in the US with their families. Good news? Probably more relief that at least one vulnerable group is soon to be no longer subjected to a punishment they never deserved. It is always …

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 …

Petty Political Power Struggles while Child sets herself on Fire on Nauru

The priorities of those who decided that indefinite offshore detention was an appropriate policy are sickeningly clear today. While people with the privilege of having jobs where they can affect positive change in the world waste time trading Ministry promises for "being on my team", THIS is actually happening, (thanks to those very same people) … …

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 …

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 …

“I wanted to become an important person but I became nothing …”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=XHOtbBAT4q8 Ali is a 12-year-old Iranian asylum seeker detained on Nauru. His mother has been repeatedly recommended for urgent medical transfer to Australia but, 14 months on, there is no immediate plan to move her. Now he believes that "there are no good humans left in the world". Please read his story here, share this …

FINALLY … Labor CONSIDERING CHANGING Position on Offshore Processing!

SO PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO ENSURE THE LABOR PARTY HAS AS MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT AS POSSIBLE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN! For far too long, the major parties in Australia have adhered to the cruel and ineffective policy of sending people who arrive by boat seeking asylum to detention offshore. So there has been not …