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? …

Just one question … HOW LONG??

In Australia, criminals convicted of murder and rape know the length of their sentence. It's the law. In Australia, victims of oppressive regimes who arrive seeking help are never told the length of their detention. That's criminal. It has been 4 years since Reza Barati was killed in the 'regional processing centre' he was detained …

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. …

Behrouz Boochani ARRESTED

What future is there for free speech? What faith can we have in peaceful protest? Considering what this skilful and determined writer/journalist has been doing in recent days, those who know the law would probably credit him with educating, informing and advancing the cause of human rights. If those are criminal acts, what hope is …

The Power of Words … and the reality behind them

On a day when human rights are at the forefront of our minds – with Australia voting YES to marriage equality – it is a day to note and respect the POWER OF WORDS, the power of communication. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has acknowledged the overwhelming majority of Australians who support marriage equality and yet it seems …

The Day of Reckoning

The asylum seekers on Manus Island who remain in the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) have continued their peaceful protest against the treatment they have been enduring not only in recent days but over 4 years of incarceration. TODAY THEY – AND WE – WILL FIND OUT WHAT IS AT THE HEART OF OUR NATION'S VALUES …

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 …