Tony Abbott’s and Chris Kenny’s holiday camp(ODT)
When politics is a game and not a service we see nothing happening before our eyes and pay dearly for it. Shouldn’t we be suing the participants for not doing their jobs and just being reactionary to any progress? (ODT)
The real purpose of passing this law is to provide the illusion that something material has changed, that some solution has been unearthed when in fact it has been there, deserted, for years.
That this piece of theatre is such a political necessity tells us how mired and unthinking we’ve become, and how ensnared in a politics of brutality we were never going to be able to outrun.
Right -wing Paranoia (ODT)
It is not clear why Dr Montana was arrested — although one source said Nauru authorities suspected her of leaking information about the health of refugees on the island.
The source also said the Nauru Government was becoming “increasingly paranoid” and it was unlikely Dr Montana would have been feeding information to journalists or advocates.
Craig Laundy, Julia Banks and Russell Broadbent say conditions on island have reached tipping point\
Protesters call for an end to Australia’s offshore detention of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island in Sydney in July.
Protesters in Sydney call for an end to Australia’s offshore detention of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. Photograph: Jeremy Ng/AAP
Three government MPs have urged Scott Morrison to remove children and their families from Nauru, declaring conditions in offshore detention have reached a tipping point.
Vacating the moral high ground is part of ending the most terrible act perpetrated by the Australian state during my lifetime
Abbott’s Legacy, Dtutton and Morrison’s Execution (ODT)
In June a third asylum seeker or refugee died by suicide on Nauru, and comes only three weeks after a Rohingya refugee on Manus Island killed himself.
Twelve people have died from injuries or illness sustained in offshore processing centres since the facilities were reopened in late 2012.
A spokesman for Australian Border force said: “the department is aware of the death in Nauru today, 15 June 2018. Further enquiries should be referred to Nauruan authorities”. Nauruan authorities advised that : “it is Australia’s responsibility, it happened in their camp”.
The apparent confusion over who is responsible for those detained on Nauru (and Manus) has been carefully and intentionally nurtured by Peter Dutton to the extent that even today the Nauru government are being blamed for defying an Australian court order and blocking the medical evacuation of a refugee requiring urgent treatment for post-traumatic stress and a major depressive order. This is despite the Australian Federal Court finding that the failure to transfer the woman left Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and the Australian government in breach of court orders previously made.
There is something seriously wrong on Nauru and the Department for Home Affairs and despite there being no effective rule of law on the island we can anticipate that once these people have been released and settled in a third country we will face a massive class action for unlawful detention – as was the case with the Manus detainees that cost the Australian taxpayer seventy million dollars in damages plus costs – and further payouts probably well after Dutton is just a nasty memory and a stain on our body politic.
Who orchestrated this? Chris Kenny Murdoch media was safe media he was News Corp and Dutton or Morrison approved. (ODT)
The New Zealand reporter detained for talking to refugees during the Pacific Islands Forum says she did not break the rules of her visa.
TVNZ journalist Barbara Dreaver detained by police while interviewing refugee at a camp
Nauruan Government says Dreaver breached terms of visa and did not ‘gthrough proper channels’ to visit camp
Dreaver says talking to refugees was relevant to reporting on Pacific Islands Forum
TVNZ’s Barbara Dreaver said media accreditation allowed for reporting on the forum, and asylum seekers had become an issue at the meeting.
Under Peter Dutton’s Watch
Days after a coroner found “systemic failures” caused the death of Hamid Kehazaei on Manus Island, doctors say healthcare on the island is the worst it has been. Guardian Australia has learned of at least two critical cases being left untreated: one man faces permanent blindness and another has been five days with a suspected fractured femur, given only Panadol and a bandage.
Doctors say more refugees under Australia’s care will die if healthcare is not reformed.
Iraqi refugee Mohammed Hamza Hussein, who lost sight in one eye when he was beaten with a post during the 2014 attack on the Manus detention centre is now going blind in his other eye.
Ophthalmologists have said he requires urgent intervention – including treatments not available on Manus Island – in order to save his sight.
Former border force chief says Australia should investigate all deaths in offshore detention
Immigration Department advised up to 700 asylum seekers “must” be granted permanent protection
Scott Morrison agreed to “mitigation strategies” including asking ASIO to slow down security checks so deadlines would be missed
Without intervention, 30 extra asylum seekers a week could have been granted protection
Morrison set the example of Christian Compassion now Israel is following the Dutton way.
“Abbott, who claims to be a Roman Catholic, once suggested that the parable of the good Samaritan might have been different if a number of travellers had been found beside the road. It takes someone like Abbott to claim that he can reconstruct Christs’s teaching.”
The cost of stopping the boats has been calculated at more than $9.6 billion since 2013, and will be another $5.7 billion over the next four years, according to a study by Save the Children and UNICEF.
PNG’s attorney general reportedly tells high commissioner Australia can’t close camp and leave ‘international fugitives’ behind
Faysal Ishak Ahmed, 27, who was said to have suffered from blackouts for months, collapsed on Friday, but died despite airlift to Australia
Canberra’s get-out-of-jail card on the future of the hundreds of Australia-bound refugees on Nauru and Manus Island may have a very short shelf-life, with the head of a prominent US anti-immigration think tank warning: “this is the kind of thing the Trump administration will nix on Day 1.”
There are 755 refugees on Nauru and 128 of them are children. Many of these children are struggling to hang on to hope, released from detention but trapped in limbo.
How an Australian working on Nauru started off despising asylum seekers, and ended up sickened by their predicament.
For that price – $1570 per day – we could put them up in the Hyatt and pay them the pension 15 times over.
The Turnbull Government confirms asylum seekers who arrived under the former Labor government remain unprocessed.
Refugee advocates work day and night trying to prevent asylum seekers harming themselves – it is our greatest fear. To be blamed for it is devastating
Martin McMahon comments on Waleed Aly’s assessment of Australia’s bipartisan asylum seeker policy, highlighting his points with a refugee’s personal story.
‘Stopping the boats’ was a bipartisan policy and both sides of politics are responsible for its monstrous outcomes.
Mariam Albaf, the wife of Mustapha El Ossman, speaks about the toll her husband’s detention in Villawood has taken on her family
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirms dozens of children will be returned to Nauru, after announcing there were no children in mainland detention.
It was the Insiders couch re-match that everyone was waiting for. And it didn’t disappoint.
While sticking to the blueprint that stopped the boats, the Prime Minister needs to clean up the damage left behind.
mmigration Minister Peter Dutton has lashed out at suggestions that principals and others could be jailed for speaking out about the treatment of asylum seekers in their care, under tough federal laws.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has written to the Prime Minister offering to “accept full responsibility” for the families and children brought to Australia from Nauru.
Tens of thousands of Syrians seek refuge across the border in Turkey as Russian and Syrian Government forces continue to assault Aleppo.
“Where is reality? … It is something dark and dramatic that is present but cannot be grasped for it has no visible form and, therefore, can be neither described nor represented. Reality … is …
Source: Nauru: What Reality is This?
The uncle and cousins of the three-year-old whose drowning brought worldwide attention to the refugee crisis have arrived in Vancouver
A cross-section of Australia’s most prominent Christian leaders is imploring the nation’s politicians to “do the right thing” and release asylum seeker children from detention before Christmas.
I am alive today because my parents left Europe just in time. My mother did not sit back and wait, but actively sought a way out.
In an open letter to the Labor Party, Liam McLoughlin lays bare the lies, cynicism and cowardice that underpins the party’s position on asylum seekers.
There are reports of mass riots at the Christmas Island detention centre following a death.
Why was a refugee with a history of trauma and torture incarcerated indefinitely on Christmas Island?
Robert Manne’s argument is (not surprisingly) impeccable in its reasoning. And I agree with most of his facts and assumptions. In particular, I think his political calculations are right. In essence, he says:
When respected philosophers get attacked in the middle of the street, you know that something is going terribly wrong with the nation. The Czech Republic (and before, Czechoslovakia) was always a t…
Kidnapping, violent gangs, torture, terrorism, corruption, civil unrest, treacherous roads, endemic diseases, bad hospitals, strict laws, police harassment, earthquakes and avalanches. Welcome to Kyrgyzstan, the place the Turnbull government wants to send refugees.
Mohammed’s* daughter doesn’t play with other girls. She sits most days in the family’s hot airless tent, and does not go to school.
This celebrated film by Tom Zubrycki starts where the hysteria and hyperbole of most media coverage of refugee problems leaves off. It offers an intimate insight into what it means to be only partially accepted by the country you live in and to endure the emotional implications of seeking belonging. In the town of Young in rural NSW ordinary Australians share their community with 90 Afghan refugees working at the local abattoir. These everyday Australians still believe in the lucky country: people like Tony Hewson who recruits the refugees, Anne Bell who organises English classes and social activities, and Lyn Rule who offers them hospitality in her own home. Twenty two-year-old Mobarak Tahiri has been in Australia for two years and his temporary visa soon expires. His English is improving and so is his driving, thanks to Molly, Lyn’s twenty-five year old daughter, and the object of Mobarak’s affections. Against Molly and Mobarak’s burgeoning relationship emerges a picture of a town divided. The Bali bombing and a heightened fear of terrorism cause racism to resurge.
A young, vulnerable and traumatised woman who sought protection in Australia has been very badly let down.
Australia’s militarised border protection policy borrows its methods from the war on terror – not least by moving questionable activities offshore and outside the easy reach of courts
Melbourne’s medicos remind us that the utilitarian politics behind our brutal asylum seeker policy strikes at the heart of our civilisation.
Save the Children workers in Nauru are searched and have their phones and computers confiscated after the charity’s office is raided by Nauruan police.
“Instead of accepting them into Australia they send them back home,” Jens Baur from the far right NPD party tells a crowd outside a refugee camp in Dresden. “And only this is the one real solution and not how our government is going about it.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel says refugees are welcome, but in a story for tonight’s Dateline, Amos Roberts finds the reality is different in the former East Germany.
Victoria’s Health Minister Jill Hennessy has thrown her support behind doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital who have refused to discharge asylum seeker children back into detention.