Dutton, Paladin, the US … your support for refugees is needed more than ever

THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL ELECTION RESULT WAS DEVASTATING FOR VERY VULNERABLE PEOPLE Manus Province governor calls for immediate removal of refugees as self harm spikes (Click link to hear report on ABC radio)   And since the election, the news has continued to be bleak: Peter Dutton takes over refugee services prompting calls for ‘cultural shift’ (click …

You still have power … despite the politicians that now sit in parliament

Our previous post encouraged Australians to vote for 'the things that matter' – for values, for a legacy that will inform a more inclusive future for the global community, …. And many of you did that. Many voted too it seems to demonstrate dissatisfaction with the major parties. And many voted because they trust what they …

LAST CHANCE for Biloela Family

The people of Biloela have fought long and hard for the family of four who was taken away from them so suddenly. And yet the importance of that family remaining in the place that is their home has been overlooked and they are about to be deported to Sri Lanka. But there is one last …

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 …

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 …

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) … …

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 …

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 …

Coroner finds Australia SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for death of asylum seeker

The outcome of one of the two* coronial inquests into deaths in offshore detention underway this week has been damning for the Australian government's treatment of people seeking asylum. The Queensland Coroner this morning delivered a conclusion that confirms what those incarcerated and those advocating for them have been stating for years – that both patients and doctors …