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 …

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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 …

Coroner finds Australia SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for death of asylum seeker

The outcome of one of the two* coronial inquests into deaths in offshore detention underway this week has been damning for the Australian government's treatment of people seeking asylum. The Queensland Coroner this morning delivered a conclusion that confirms what those incarcerated and those advocating for them have been stating for years – that both patients and doctors …

DO publicly vilify a man your policies have driven to suicide; DON’T inform his family of his death

A man fled genocide. So he was imprisoned. His medical condition tortured him for years  in detention. But his health was ignored as ruthlessly as his human rights. So, tragically, he ended his living hell. Two days ago, this website posted about the following exchange in Australia's parliament … Which was then updated to add … …

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, …

The story of one ‘warrior’ reveals so much that’s wrong with offshore detention

Alex saw himself as a 'warrior' for sexual equality. Amidst the culture of Iran, the banishment from his family, the persecution and ostracising within detention on Manus Island, he opposed 'the conservative, cruel and heterosexist structures of society' and still liked life itself and wanted to live it. “I am gay, and this is my …

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 …