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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

MANUS: Suicide attempt, Medical Crisis, APEC …

Suicide attempt as Manus refugees moved for APEC Manus Island medical crisis overshadowed by Nauru 'Let us free' - Manus refugees write to APEC leaders   These three  important stories (click on the links above to read the details) have been released by Radio New Zealand over the last two weeks … and now the …

Behrouz Boochani wins journalism award for Manus Island writing

Iranian Kurdish writer Behrouz Boochani has been detained for more than five years by the Australian government simply for seeking a safe place to live. During his time imprisoned on Manus Island, he has:  written regular diaries of his experiences for Guardian Australia, contributed to the Saturday Paper, co-directed a documentary he secretly shot on a …

The REAL Cost of Bad Decisions

As has sadly become routine, news on Australia's treatment of refugees is never-ending … and never good. $$$$$$$$ There are some within the current Australian population who remain concerned about the COST of processing and resettling people who come to Australia to seek asylum ('what about our farmers/homeless people?' … are regular responses on social media …

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 …