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 …

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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 …

Last Children off Nauru … credit where credit’s due

The Australian government has just indicated that the final four children who had been left on Nauru have been accepted for resettlement in the US with their families. Good news? Probably more relief that at least one vulnerable group is soon to be no longer subjected to a punishment they never deserved. It is always …

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 …

LAST CHANCE for Biloela Family

The people of Biloela have fought long and hard for the family of four who was taken away from them so suddenly. And yet the importance of that family remaining in the place that is their home has been overlooked and they are about to be deported to Sri Lanka. But there is one last …

YOU can make this change happen …

The Urgent Medical Treatment Bill will be introduced to the Lower House of the Australian parliament next Monday (3 December) by a group of crossbenchers led by new MP Dr Kerryn Phelps. Essentially the bill will require the urgent evacuation of any asylum seeker who is ill and unable to be treated offshore, on the recommendation …

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 …

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 …