Category Archives: Australia’s Shame

Queensland youth prison review unable to rule out ‘systemic’ mistreatment | Australia news | The Guardian

Independent inquiry, which was limited to a small number of ‘particularly distressing’ cases, prompts sweeping overhaul by government Source: Queensland youth prison review unable to rule out ‘systemic’ mistreatment | Australia news | The Guardian

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Australia must end ‘fiction’ it does not control Nauru and Manus centres, Senate inquiry finds | Australia news | The Guardian

Government has duty of care to asylum seekers and refugees held in offshore processing, senators say, after investigation sparked by the Nauru files Source: Australia must end ‘fiction’ it does not control Nauru and Manus centres, Senate inquiry finds | … Continue reading

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Day to Day Politics: Australian values, fair dinkum. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Friday 21 April 2017 1 As a true blue Australian citizen I was perplexed with yesterday’s joint press conference between the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to announce changes to citizenship laws. In fact, I … Continue reading

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Australian values? Government uses citizenship as mechanism for exclusion

We should be encouraging permanent residents to commit to Australia, not finding more ways to exclude them. Source: Australian values? Government uses citizenship as mechanism for exclusion

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The Damned – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This morning I read this tweet from Fairfax journo Ross Gittins: My first thought was, a new kind of human being has emerged. One without empathy. This is why we don’t care anymore. Our species is devolving. For someone who … Continue reading

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Sustained gunfire breaks out at Manus Island detention centre

Violence erupted when a local tried to shut down a soccer game involving detainees. Source: Sustained gunfire breaks out at Manus Island detention centre

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Indigenous suicide prevention in the Digital Age – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Judith Crispin Aboriginal Australians are dying. Needlessly. We are losing three Aboriginal people a week to suicide, from a population that is just over half a million, and an Indigenous person is four times more likely to take their own … Continue reading

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‘I don’t understand how such a place became normal in the Australian psyche’

To my dear students, as of this month, I have resigned from my teaching position at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre after nearly three years teaching you. Source: ‘I don’t understand how such a place became normal in the … Continue reading

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Australia bars visit by Palestinian prisoner of conscience | The Electronic Intifada

Public “may react adversely” to views of Bassem Tamimi, immigration department claims. Source: Australia bars visit by Palestinian prisoner of conscience | The Electronic Intifada

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What was the White Australia Policy, and how does it still affect us now? | NITV

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly claimed that Australia is the world’s most successful multicultural nation. While the sentiment has bipartisan support today, for more than half a century after Federation Australia boasted not of multiculturalism, but of its monoculture. Source: What … Continue reading

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Visa of Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi revoked hours before travel to Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Immigration Department refuses to comment on exactly why it blocked the visa of a prominent Palestinian activist, but argues it has a responsibility to protect the community from abuse or danger. Source: Visa of Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi revoked … Continue reading

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The banality of Peter: Is Dutton the new Adolf Eichmann?

A comparative study of two notoriously zealous immigration specialists. Source: The banality of Peter: Is Dutton the new Adolf Eichmann?

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Australian foreign aid cuts under fire: ‘Australia is not taking its place in the world’ Danish former PM says

The former prime minister of Denmark says Australia is failing to take its place in the world and the country’s paltry foreign aid contributions have made it less influential on the world stage. Source: Australian foreign aid cuts under fire: … Continue reading

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United Nations ‘appalled’ at Indigenous youth detention and living conditions

Indigenous Australians are living in “appalling” conditions and young Aborigines in detention are “essentially being punished for being poor”, the United Nations has declared in a scathing report. Source: United Nations ‘appalled’ at Indigenous youth detention and living conditions

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New TV series Little J & Big Cuz explores Indigenous culture, country and language | NITV

“The huge pink sun sets behind silvery clouds. Time to go, Nanna tells them. Feet scrunch through desert dirt heading for home.” Mark Coles Smith paused to smile at the excited group of 65 young Indigenous and non-Indigenous children, who … Continue reading

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Multicultural Australia: yet … still fearful of ‘others’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By ‘Outsider’ Part One … Multicultural Australia: Malcolm Turnbull’s camouflage Part Two … Multicultural Australia: but still we debate “We know that the detention centres we have built on our continent, on Nauru and on Manus Island, are not places … Continue reading

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Nine years after the Apology: We said sorry … but are we really?

Nine years after acknowledging ills of the past, the fight is continuing for Indigenous Australians. Source: Nine years after the Apology: We said sorry … but are we really?

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What happened at Normanton | NITV

The year is 1960. Harper Lee publishes a then unknown book called ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. In Dublin, a mother names her newborn son Paul David Hewson (he’s now better known as Bono). And Americans tune in to watch the … Continue reading

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Remembering Indigenous leader Jack Patten | NITV

[sbsondemand video=”908001859933″] “We ask for ordinary citizen rights, and full equality with white Australians.” These were the words once spoken by renowned orator and political organiser Jack Patten. He had a natural ability to engage his audiences, speaking passionately about the rights … Continue reading

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Australia to release report on ‘racist’ juvenile abuse | Australia News | Al Jazeera

The Australian government is due to release its final report into alleged mistreatment of indigenous children in prisons in the Northern Territory. Source: Australia to release report on ‘racist’ juvenile abuse | Australia News | Al Jazeera

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Amending the Racial Discrimination Act: Making bigotry great again!

The unpopular proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act are likely to fail, just like the Turnbull Government. Source: Amending the Racial Discrimination Act: Making bigotry great again!

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We Need The Freedom To Offend So This Ridiculous Law Must Go! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Freedom of speech, I have heard recently, is a near-sacred concept and it includes the freedom to offend, insult and humiliate. While 18C has been fixed up and “made stronger” by changing those terms to “harass”, there remains a law … Continue reading

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Australia again denounced for treatment of First Australians as UN investigates | NITV

Australia came under fresh criticism over its treatment of its Indigenous population on Tuesday as a UN investigator examined the impact of a government takeover of remote communities and as Canberra pushes its bid to join the UN Human Rights … Continue reading

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Indigenous sexual health programs to be cut without any evaluation | NITV

Two sexual health prevention programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are being defunded by the government without any consultation or evaluation of their success, a senate estimates hearing has heard. The Department of Health confirmed the Northern Territory AIDS … Continue reading

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Shocking Close the Gap report shows need for new relationship between black and white Australians

The bottom line is that far too many Aboriginal people feel excluded, disrespected, disempowered and discriminated against. Source: Shocking Close the Gap report shows need for new relationship between black and white Australians

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The Human Zoo: Documentary sheds light on stolen Aboriginal people ‘treated as animals’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An historical documentary will shed light on a relatively unknown aspect of Australia’s colonisation where Aboriginal people were stolen, stripped and exhibited as attractions in a human zoo. Source: The Human Zoo: Documentary sheds light on stolen Aboriginal people ‘treated … Continue reading

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A Heavily Pregnant Refugee On Nauru Could Go Into Spontaneous Labour And Die If She Isn’t Evacuated To Australia, Doctors Say – BuzzFeed News

“Playing with people’s lives like this is just unconscionable.” Source: A Heavily Pregnant Refugee On Nauru Could Go Into Spontaneous Labour And Die If She Isn’t Evacuated To Australia, Doctors Say – BuzzFeed News

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Australia Day / Invasion Day debate: #ChangeTheDate — but not right now

For those who enjoy celebrating Australia Day on the date of Indigenous dispossession, Natalie Cromb says: enjoy your day, but know change is coming. Source: Australia Day / Invasion Day debate: #ChangeTheDate — but not right now

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Utopia? Kathleen Ngale is 85 years-old and living in conditions I can only describe as hell | Marcus Waters | Opinion | The Guardian| Andrew Bolt thinks she’s overpaid

Four years after the John Pilger film lifted the lid on outback communities, what has changed? The horrors are still with us Source: Utopia? Kathleen Ngale is 85 years-old and living in conditions I can only describe as hell | … Continue reading

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How many Arabs have we killed?

If we engage in illegal military incursions, shouldn’t we document the loss of life, asks Kellie Tranter. Source: How many Arabs have we killed?

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‘Fallen well short’ of standards: Audit slams Immigration Department over Nauru and Manus Island contracts

Billions of taxpayer dollars were handed to the private contractors running Australia’s offshore detention centres without adequate authorisation or value-for-money assessments, the Commonwealth auditor has found. Source: ‘Fallen well short’ of standards: Audit slams Immigration Department over Nauru and Manus … Continue reading

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Middle East: Australia distances itself from Paris peace conference concluding statement – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia distances itself from the concluding statement of the Middle East Peace conference in Paris, where countries met to try to revive the stalled peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. Source: Middle East: Australia distances itself from Paris peace conference … Continue reading

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Air raid targeting IS militant kills up to 30 civilians in Iraq’s Mosul, residents

Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul said up to 30 civilians were killed in an air strike on a district held by Islamic State this week. Source: Air raid targeting IS militant kills up to 30 civilians in Iraq’s … Continue reading

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Manus Island: Australia’s dirty little secret

It’s time to end our dirty little secret Source: Manus Island: Australia’s dirty little secret

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Manus: Australia cannot wash asylum seeker blood off its hands

The lengths the Turnbull Government goes to to hide the sheer level of barbarity of Manus proves Australia recognises its guilt. Source: Manus: Australia cannot wash asylum seeker blood off its hands

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Indonesia suspends all military cooperation with Australia, reportedly over ‘insulting’ training material – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Indonesia suspends all military cooperation with Australia over allegedly insulting training material on display at a Special Forces base in Perth. Source: Indonesia suspends all military cooperation with Australia, reportedly over ‘insulting’ training material – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Syrian refugees selling their organs on the black market to get to Europe: experts – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Syrian refugees are so desperate for money and passage to Europe, they are selling their organs on the black market, according to some experts. Source: Syrian refugees selling their organs on the black market to get to Europe: experts – … Continue reading

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‘Bashed’ asylum seekers on Manus Island ‘deserved what they got’: PNG minister

Manus Island MP Ronny Knight has declared that two asylum seekers who say they were bashed by police and PNG immigration officials on New Year’s Eve “deserved what they got”. Source: ‘Bashed’ asylum seekers on Manus Island ‘deserved what they … Continue reading

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Cory Bernardi and George Christensen to attend dinner for anti-Islam group

Two of the Coalition’s leading conservatives have been named as “special guests” at a $150-per-head dinner being held by anti-Islamic group, the Q Society of Australia. Source: Cory Bernardi and George Christensen to attend dinner for anti-Islam group

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Manus Island asylum seekers bashed on New Year’s Eve, refugee advocates say – Bashed and denied medical attention. What do you think Peter Dutton’s response was? None of our business a truly Christian one at Xmas.

Two asylum seekers on Manus Island assaulted by PNG police and immigration officers on New Year’s Eve are yet to receive medical treatment, refugee advocates say. Manus Island asylum seekers bashed on New Year’s Eve, refugee advocates say – ABC … Continue reading

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Refugee pleaded with doctors on Manus Island for help before his death | Australia news | The Guardian

Detainees’ letter claims medical staff ignored months of escalating complaints before Faysal Ishak Ahmed collapsed Source: Refugee pleaded with doctors on Manus Island for help before his death | Australia news | The Guardian

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Manus Island detainees rebel against guards after death of refugee | Australia news | The Guardian

Inmates ‘kicked the officers and staff out in a serious way’ for a night of protest, says Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani Source: Manus Island detainees rebel against guards after death of refugee | Australia news | The Guardian

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Why did Faysal die? The questions Mr Dutton has to answer

The detainees on Manus Island began to fear the worst when Border Force officials began asking if anyone had contact details for a young v. Source: Why did Faysal die? The questions Mr Dutton has to answer

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Yes, Virginia, there is a solution to Australia’s asylum-seeker problem | The Monthly

A year or so ago I met with a very senior official in the Turnbull government’s Border Force. We discussed the fact that the lives of 32,000 people who had sought asylum after July 2013 were slowly being destroyed despite … Continue reading

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Reshuffle chatter | The Monthly

Some of them just love to make a spectacle of themselves. They love to be the centre of attention [and] the best way to be the centre of attention is to be making things difficult for the government. As good … Continue reading

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‘Koala bears and kangaroos … [and] torture islands’: Australia is an icon of the far-right in Europe’s refugee crisis

Andreas Tölke, a German fashionista, threw open his Armani couch, the city of Hamburg opened up its schools, and Berlin turned department stores into shelters for thousands of families. Source: ‘Koala bears and kangaroos … [and] torture islands’: Australia is … Continue reading

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Australia’s shame: Some communities have 600 times the national suicide rate

Nearly one in three of the nation’s child suicides (5-17 years of age) are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Source: Australia’s shame: Some communities have 600 times the national suicide rate

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Scientists Confirm Great Barrier Reef Coral Die-Off Is Worst On Record – BuzzFeed News

In one huge section of the reef, more than two-thirds of corals are dead. Source: Scientists Confirm Great Barrier Reef Coral Die-Off Is Worst On Record – BuzzFeed News

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#DefineAboriginal: Pauline Hanson’s ‘no definition to Aboriginal’ comment sparks sharing of racism stories – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Indigenous people share personal stories of racism, after Pauline Hanson says there is no definition of Aboriginal. Source: #DefineAboriginal: Pauline Hanson’s ‘no definition to Aboriginal’ comment sparks sharing of racism stories – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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South Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa to avoid crime –

Desperate mothers believe it is safer for their children to go to Africa. Source: South Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa to avoid crime – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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