WHAT ARE WE DOING?

As many of us feel relief at the passing of the medical evacuation bill (and others don't), it may be controversial to introduce a different perspective. Even so, there might just be some other aspects of the issue worth thinking about: Why did Australian politicians spend so much time debating multiple aspects of the issue …

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FROM ‘innocents drowning’ TO ‘menace at the gates’

When we saw them floundering in the water as the debris of the pathetic vessels floated around them, Australians were motivated to prevent more innocent people from losing their lives by drowning. But now they're not people floundering. They are evil with destructive intent. An entity that requires ever-increasing "border protection" to prevent the infiltration …

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 …

Kids Off Nauru Bill

The Australian Parliament might be shifting. Not anywhere near enough. But something is better than nothing when people are suffering purely because of the decision-making of Australian politicians. Andrew Wilkie (IND), Adam Bandt (Greens) and Rebekha Sharkie (Centre Alliance) have introduced the Migration Amendment (Kids Off Nauru) Bill 2018 which seeks to amend the Migration …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

Another suicide on Nauru … thanks to a policy that’s “saving lives”

Now is the time. If you've EVER considered that Australia's policies affecting people seeking asylum are wrong, please SPEAK OUT. Please share this tragic news and encourage others to use their democratic power to change the cruel approach advocated by both the Coalition and Labor. Yet another innocent person is dead because of indefinite offshore …

You decide what’s “appalling” …

UPDATED to add:  Police on Manus Island have referred to the death as a "very unfortunate" apparent suicide. Are Australia's policies and practices people in relation to refugees right and just? "I think not." If you think it's "appalling" for the Australian government to discard persecuted people's lives as if they mean nothing at all, …

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 …