“The Prime Minister Apologises to Refugees” WORLD REFUGEE DAY

The year is 2030. On behalf of the Australian people the Prime Minister apologises to refugees, now resettled in Australia and elsewhere, for the conditions they were forced to endure in offshore detention camps. As Australians, we reflect. How could we allow this to happen? What could we have done to stop it? https://youtu.be/JF1-F4lp4AA David …

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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 …

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 …

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) … …

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 …

TOO SICK to transfer from Nauru for urgent medical treatment

Today, another harrowing personal story has highlighted one of the many cruelly damaging aspects of Australia's offshore processing/detention policy. A Rohingya man who has been on Nauru for years – even though his wife and baby have been transferred to Australia – was reported as being unable to be transferred to Australia because his health …

Behrouz Boochani ARRESTED

What future is there for free speech? What faith can we have in peaceful protest? Considering what this skilful and determined writer/journalist has been doing in recent days, those who know the law would probably credit him with educating, informing and advancing the cause of human rights. If those are criminal acts, what hope is …

URGENT! POLICE OPERATION UNDERWAY ON MANUS

Papua New Guinea police and immigration officers have entered the former detention centre with refugees inside reporting large numbers of officers, including the paramilitary police Mobile Squad, shouting and demanding refugees hand over phones. The refugees say they have been given an hour to leave with officers being  intimidating and aggressive as they dismantle structures and throw …

SAVE THE MEN ON MANUS

The New York Times and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre have just visited the men on Manus Island. Click on the logos below to read/see what they're reporting …   So when you see phrases like … There is a medical emergency on Manus … Men will die if they don’t get medical treatment, urgently …