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 …

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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 …

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 …

Peter Dutton’s Australia … will it make you happy??

TWO TRUE STORIES Our Uber driver a few nights ago travelled to Australia on a boat, the last leg of his journey from Afghanistan where his opposition to the Taliban meant he had no choice but to escape. He was put on Christmas Island immediately – where he learned of the birth of his second …

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 …

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 …

ABF forcibly takes ‘beautiful integrated family’ in dawn raid over visa expired by one day

Is THIS what Border Protection in Australia is about? "The close-knit community of Biloela in central Queensland has been shocked by an early morning Australian Border Force raid on a Sri Lankan asylum seeker family – including two Australian-born children – over a visa expired by a single day. …Husband and wife Nadesalingam and Priya …

Border protection policies HERE TO STAY – ABF/Dept Home Affairs

The Australian Border Force is a division of what is now called the Department of Home Affairs. In a democratic society where every member of the population has a vote and voice on how the country should be run, CAN we be TOLD by a government department that policies that many oppose WILL NEVER CHANGE? …

From Peter Dutton

Having posted regularly encouraging people to contact the minister responsible for immigration (amongst others) regarding Australia's policies on offshore processing and mandatory detention for asylum seekers, it seems appropriate to share a written response from Peter Dutton with anyone who's interested in this issue. This response was received because the federal member for the seat …

ANOTHER PRISON – Update on Manus Refugees

To read more on why Australia's treatment of asylum seekers is a "catastrophe of conscious and political creation" with the 'saving drownings' myth exposed, click here        AND For detail on the recent revelations that the Australian government used increasingly more harsh measures to drive refugees and asylum seekers from the detention centre KNOWING the 'possibility of “extreme” outcomes', information …