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 …

Australia’s forced removal of refugees breaks laws, families and the national culture

Today, the Guardian reports on an story that is tragic for those involved and shameful for Australia. But the situation is not an isolated one. This family's pain is replicated across many people seeking asylum in Australia who are treated similarly – with those in charge of immigration giving no thought for the impact of …

Australia – a government that commits torture and doesn’t care?

When we think of torture, we each have our own interpretations. For most Australians, it's likely that theirs come from history or from fiction. TORTURE is a sickening word. But it's an even more sickening act. So of course no Australian would want to contemplate that they or their government were currently committing, or party to, …

Is immigration policy reverting to an era where race could mean restriction?

A recent change in government immigration policy and a proposition from the Minister for Home Affairs have led to concerns that race might (once again) be a contributing factor in a person's eligibility to apply for Australian resettlement. Because despite the fact that, in reference to the abolition of the "White Australia Policy", the Department …

UPDATES reveal more about Australian government’s agenda

Cardiac patient flown from Nauru to Taiwan Family on flight to Sri Lanka get last minute reprieve 'Email Empathy'  has noted the plights of just a few of the people seeking asylum in Australia as examples of widespread treatment by officials. These illustrate the unnecessary cruelty of the federal government's policies. In the past couple of …

UNCHR assesses Manus conditions as worse than ever

On February 13, the UNHCR released its latest report on the status of detention on Manus Island. And the only conclusion that can be drawn is that the Australian government has dumped people seeking asylum on the island, imprisoned them for 4 years and now abandoned them. (Click on the underlined text here to read …

Myths/Spin/Lies? … THE TRUTH ALL AUSTRALIANS NEED TO KNOW

On Monday (11 Dec), Peter Dutton threw out accusations of "lying" and "propaganda' and Malcolm Turnbull appeared on Q&A congratulating his coalition government for saving lives at sea, putting the people smugglers out of business and and having "one of the most generous humanitarian programs in the world", making the real issue that … ALL Australians …

Attack on Manus Refugees – Day 2

No one can now say that force is not being used. No one can dispute that violence is being inflicted on people on Manus Island and the REFUGEES are NOT responsible. The men who refused to leave the RPC have shown resilience and restraint to maintain their PEACEFUL protest under extreme pressure, particularly when a …

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 …

The Day of Reckoning

The asylum seekers on Manus Island who remain in the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) have continued their peaceful protest against the treatment they have been enduring not only in recent days but over 4 years of incarceration. TODAY THEY – AND WE – WILL FIND OUT WHAT IS AT THE HEART OF OUR NATION'S VALUES …