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 …

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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 …

Kerryn Phelps condemns offshore detention in maiden speech

Just minutes ago, the new federal member for Wentworth delivered her first speech to the Australian parliament. And the words she spoke are ones that many want to hear within those walls from those representing the major political parties. "I cannot be an idle bystander to the reports of the shocking mental and physical state …

‘Doctors Without Borders’/MSF demand END TO OFFSHORE PROCESSING

Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are speaking out against Nauru detention … and you can join them. MSF launched psychological and psychiatric services on Nauru in November 2017. Ten days ago, on October 5, the government of Nauru informed MSF that services were "no longer required" and requested that MSF end activities …

Donate to help provide a dignified funeral for young man who died on Nauru

A much-loved and respected 26-year-old* – who himself pleaded for help, as did his family – became a fatal victim of offshore detention on Nauru on the 15th of June this year. In death, he has been treated as he was in life by those who ruled his incarceration. (The Australian government refused to reunite …

Does Scott Morrison know what he has REALLY done?

Australia's Prime Minister is so proud of his role in preventing* persecuted people reaching Australian soil with the hopes of living peaceful lives that a trophy that represents the boats he has 'stopped' sits proudly in his office. But as the Guardian points out: *in reality the boats have not stopped – with several making …

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 …

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 …

Moral Outrage from Australia’s key decision makers on refugee policy

Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton are  DISGUSTED by: Cricket players cheating to gain advantage in a sporting activity News reports that make no accusations whatsoever about whether or not the Dutton family has employed an au pair   Quite a few Australians get a lot of enjoyment and pride from the matches played by their …

‘Dying is better than living, you’ll be free’ … Australia’s policies inflict THIS THOUGHT on a CHILD and then deny her need for proper healthcare

[Warning: the content of this post about severe mental illness will disturb readers. For those detrimentally affected by this topic, please refrain from reading. Your ongoing support is deeply appreciated.] She is 12 years old or younger. She has been held on Nauru for almost 5 years. And she desperately wants to die. Crying and …