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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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 …

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 …

Multiple children dangerously ill while Nauru shields forum attendees amid democratic decline

The situation on Nauru has been critical for a long time. And yet it continues to worsen. With the Pacific Islands Forum now underway (1 – 9 Sept), the innocent people detained indefinitely on the island have had to deal with more disruptions and imposed restrictions. And it seems the nation of Nauru itself might …

Petty Political Power Struggles while Child sets herself on Fire on Nauru

The priorities of those who decided that indefinite offshore detention was an appropriate policy are sickeningly clear today. While people with the privilege of having jobs where they can affect positive change in the world waste time trading Ministry promises for "being on my team", THIS is actually happening, (thanks to those very same people) … …

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 …

FIVE YEARS

Frank was a dentistry student. When he came home from lectures every day, his mother would smile with pride as she put the dinner on the table. Frank’s little brother would talk about football and football players. And playing football. And Frank liked to see the little boy’s face open up with innocent childish joy. …

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 …

A 10 year old boy has repeatedly tried to kill himself because of Australia’s immigration policies. Who cares?? Not the Australian government.

When a child on Nauru is suicidal for almost 2 years, could perpetuating the myth of "saving lives at sea" REALLY be the priority of Australia's Department of Home Affairs?? This young boy has no HOME. And his AFFAIRS can be outlined as follows: he is a recognised refugee having fled with his family from Iran in …