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 …

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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 …

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 …

WHY Dutton Must Go

There's certainly plenty in the news about immigration at the moment. But, despite the hopes of many that the current Minister for Home Affairs will be removed from his position of influence, there is something jarring about the possibility that it could come down to an accusation from his former Border Force Commissioner about misleading …

BREAKING NEWS: Dutton back to Home Affairs

The new PM, Scott Morrison – proud author of 'Operation Sovereign Borders' during his time as Immigration Minister – has reappointed Peter Dutton as Minister of Home Affairs. Although this is a partnership that will require extra effort from those who are opposed to the current policies, it is slightly diluted by the fact that …

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 …

Finally, dying refugee moved to Australia for palliative care

"A dying Afghan refugee held on Nauru for five years has been transferred to Australia for palliative care after a sustained campaign of pressure from doctors, medical peak bodies, the media, members of the public, and even members of the Australian Border Force" the Guardian has reported exclusively today. Having posted about this situation ("More Australian government …

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 …

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 …