A certain literature – and to that, a good deal of ghastly celluloid – has been produced on the subject. All are, in essence, in violation of the United Nations Refugee Convention. No mention on the right to asylum is ever made; nor to the right not to be prejudiced against as an asylum seeker in terms of means of arrival. And that’s merely the start. In gazing at these amateurish compilations of self-entitled guff, one is left with the conclusion that no one involved in this process has ever consulted a human rights manual, let alone familiarised themselves with the hideous post-Second World War period. There was a time when the term Displaced Person was not entirely revolting.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the hardened advertising man of the government, has retreated into something he knows best: the shallow, bucket swilling call of the advert. This is interesting in a way: the same man condemned his opponents for doing something similar when they got on the anti-refugee video show. When Labor, then in government, introduced material to justify its “PNG solution” in July 2013, Morrison claimed that the party was “ramraiding the taxpayer’s ATM”. The then coalition opposition snortingly dismissed the effort by Labor as “propaganda”.
Shortened memories prevail. A two-minute video message is now ambling its way through 10 countries, though it will have to be translated, however accurately, on its crooked journey. “Make no mistake, if you attempt to come to Australia illegally by boat, you will not succeed.” Spare your pennies, insists Morrison. “So do not waste your money or risk your life, or anyone else’s life, for nothing.” Such is the awareness of a person who has never had to consider the throbbing, genuine feeling human rights conjures up in the breast of the oppressed.
The fact is it’s not just an Indigenous Problem it’s Australia wide. Where conditions of systemic and severe inequality are seen these problems tend to follow. Ice has become the scourge of rural Australia. Problems are visible and exacerbated where the circumstances have been historically Intergenerational yes. But while the dysfunction is immediate and recognizable but is falsely defined as Indigenous and just historical the immediate context of inequality and opportunity denied. The systemic nature and growing trend of behaviours despite colour is denied and individuals and culture so easily blamed.
Yes , Social and internalised aspects of racist psychology is absorbed in our total Australian Culture which has been stuck in a colonial time warp that dates back 200 years and no matter race, colour, or ethnicity we are all living it and see it as the norm. However if one looks at our urban enviroment today one might think white folk are becoming more and more Aboriginal. Living rough like in Broome white folk can bee seen everywhere. However as yet not noticably intergenerational.Thats not colour or culture thats inequality, poverty and an inability to stop being sucked down materially.
This isn’t an individual battle that can be won by a few good men this is an integrated battle that recognizes our system need radical change and the accomanying Culture that has trapped us all. It’s a fight for equality and opportunity a can that keeps getting kicked down the road rather than dealt with as our problem. It’s why Broome hasn’t changed but got worse as has Melbourne’s white mob. (ODT)
Findings by State Coroner Ros Fogliani following an inquest into the suicides – including two in Broome – of 13 Indigenous children and young people in the Kimberley released last week laid bare the “urgent need to understand the deep inequalities giving rise to the current poor state of wellbeing of Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region”.
The Coroner referred to the “tragic events” as having been shaped by the “crushing effects of intergenerational trauma and poverty upon entire communities”.
You don’t have to look far to see it for yourself.
But you do have to get off your backside.
In 2016 the Panama Papers listed the names of High Wealth Companies and persons holding secret offshore accounts used to launder money and evade tax. Hundreds of Australians came to light in this revelation and all heavy hitters. World leaders fell and politicians resined journalists killed because of this an the LNP government promised a plan for transparency would be put in place. They have abandoned their promise some have denied it ever existed who lobbied to abandon this promise? Who runs this country? (ODT)
Despite explicit promises, Treasury says there was never any commitment to establish beneficial ownership register
Australia, what happened to you? How did we become so cruel and hardhearted?
Earlier in the show, when McNeil and Qunun are holed up in Qunun’s barricaded Bangkok airport hotel room – after Thai officials have cancelled her visa to force her home to what she claims is certain death from her family – she finds that her Australian Immigration profile account is strangely shut down.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister David Coleman and Border Force have very serious allegations to answer in relation to this. Unsurprisingly, they did not respond to requests for answers.
But they need to.
Things have become so downright psychopathic in Australia’s border protection regime that we are now in extremis in breaking the basic rules of civilised democracy willy-nilly. All for some profoundly misconceived idea that our electorate will be ruled by fear, fright and division.
For the Coalition, it is all about winning, not governing, just winning. Christopher Pyne has said as much. “Politics is trapped in a self-obsessed and panic-prone spiral that is damaging Parliament’s ability to work for the good of voters.” That is code for not being able to get anything of substance done.
He also explained (finally), some of the thinking inside the party room meeting that saw Malcolm Turnbull sacked.
David Wroe in Sunday’s Sydney Morning Herald wrote, “Opening up on last year’s leadership turmoil, Mr Pyne also said Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was “electorally unpopular” outside his home state of Queensland and would have damaged the Liberal Party’s chances of winning the federal election had he been installed as leader.”
One suspects that’s all the Liberal party thinks about….It’s all about winning. Not governing, just winning. Let government take care of itself. Any idiot can govern, but better us idiots than some other idiots.
But here’s the kicker. Never underestimate the ability of the electorate to fall for their rhetoric and vote against its own best interests. For a party devoid of policies and effective leadership, a negative campaign by the Coalition is all they have and for them, as lazy as they are, it’s the path of least resistance, one in which they have form. Remember the ‘debt and deficit’ farce?
But, the results can be devastating for an Opposition. Take note! The election is not won, until it’s won.
The Abbott government cut 117 mill from the Indigenous affairs budget. The NT conservative government redirected fund out and away from The budget allocated for Aboriginal affairs. The media run aggreesive campaigns claiming the dysfunction in Aboriginal communities is of their own making. Andrew Bolt insists Aboriginal Culture is to blame. Completely counter to the findings here (ODT)
In four of the cases, the person who killed themselves had done so not long after a relative had also killed themselves.
Fogliani said that trauma, grief and premature death are experienced at “disturbingly high rates” in Aboriginal communities, and there was a growing preparedness in government and the community to accept that “colonisation had severe and deleterious impacts upon this ancient and traditional culture”.
The coroner handed down 42 recommendations relating to alcohol restrictions for the Kimberley; programs for diagnosing, treating and educating on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder; better mental health and suicide prevention programs and facilites; and ensuring that the Indigenous population is consulted in the development of programs, and brought in to help enact them.
She made those recommendations due to a consistent theme of the inquest that Indigenous people often felt that these decisions were made for them, rather than with them.
Fogliani also said that better mental health services and suicide prevention strategies could have saved the 13.
“The deaths of the 13 children and young persons the subject of this Inquest were all preventable.”
Scott Morrison refuses to accept the fundamentals of Medicine and The Hippocratic Oath that binds Doctors and their profession. The Conservatives actually have made it clear that they don’t trust doctors and an unqualified Minister is in a better position to make life or death decisions. Peter Dutton is in that position at present (ODT
In Australia “the benchmark for transferring someone to hospital for appendicitis is not if you’re convinced they have appendicitis, but if there’s a possibility they have appendicitis,” said Dr Phatarfod.
“Many of the cases that go to hospital don’t have it, but it’s better than them rupturing an appendix at home or in a shopping centre where you could have a potentially fatal outcome,” she explained.
In 2014 24-year-old Hamid Khazaei died after contracting an infection in his leg on Manus Island. He presented with flu-like symptoms and was transferred to a Port Moresby hospital three days later, where he had a series of cardiac arrests. The next day he was transferred to Brisbane, but died a week later.
Emergency treatment and an independant Panel is what the Christians define as compassion > Doctors can’t be trusted because their Hippocratic Oath was counter to National Security which has resulted in death and delivered mental illness in greater proportion that 1200 drownings out of 50,000 boat arrivals. We haven’t the figures to hand because the current government has made it a secret punishable by jail.
The Labor leader is likely to insist on changes that would tighten ministerial discretion. The bill currently gives two doctors the ability to demand refugees on Nauru and Manus Island be brought to Australia for treatment, but gives the immigration minister the ability to require an independent panel review the medical assessment, as well as the authority to overrule any evacuation on security grounds.
Apparently Doctors get in the way of politics medicine mental illness is no excuse for being accused and unable to stand trial or even be judged. Incarceration at the governments pleasure is what keeps us safe. Mentally ill are kept on Manus for over 5years and children only released before an election and what was legislated a secret got out. Is this another example of why doctors can’t be trusted? (ODT
Justin Walker has been in prison in Darwin for over six years without a sentence.
At least 13 people are in NT prisons because they have been found unfit to stand trial or not guilty by reason of mental impairment
A criminal lawyer says they are in prison because there is nowhere else for them to go
He says some clients plead guilty to avoid indefinite detention
His family is afraid he will not come out alive.
The NT Attorney-General’s office is under fire for allowing mentally ill or disabled people to languish inside already overcrowded prisons for years, simply because there are no other places to put them.
The Territory Government’s handling of indefinite detention for people with a cognitive, psychiatric or physical impairment often leaves individuals locked up for years with no conviction.
Mr Walker, 36, is one of at least 13 people currently in the custody of the NT Correctional Services Commissioner after being found unfit to stand trial or found not guilty by reason of mental impairment.
LNP says no to safe schools and the socialization of our children to accept diversity. Tony Abbott declared his sister a poor role model for her kids. His daughter disagreed guess in his eyes he was the poor socializer (ODT)
Simona Castricum has been spat on, sexually assaulted and mocked on public transport.
The architect and Melbourne University academic, who is transgender, now uses Uber pools or drives whenever possible, to avoid the abuse on Melbourne’s trains and trams.
“I’ve had some of the worst things happen to me on public transport and railway stations,” she said.
“Everything from sexual assault to verbal abuse to being spat on … and being intimidated by people who are too disgusted to sit down next me, so they get up and move.”
No error on the part of the ADF but imagine that same remark said if a bomb were targeted in retaliation in Australia. Looking for love in all the wrong places Australia. When the Party elected to govern us is so divided the sound of excuses from the ADF and all other heads of Institutions rings hollow. Banking directors the Water Board the Energy sector all sing to the same tune “it’s not our fault we did no wrong” (ODT)
ADF officials believe between six and 18 civilians may have been killed, based on estimates of population density
A local man told the ABC the number of civilians killed was 35, including his brother and other family members
Air Marshal Mel Hupfield said the air crew made “no error” in the June 2017 mission
In Aurukun, northern Queensland, locals are hiding from police out of fear they will be arrested for not paying their power bills.
In a market that many banks are unwilling to lend to, the locals turn to payday lenders, consumer leases and quick cash schemes to get themselves out of debt, only to find themselves in a deeper hole than when they started.
Targeted by shonks and shysters, the community in Cape York is one of many Indigenous communities where the number of scams targeting the Aboriginal population have more than doubled since 2016.
Is there a day on the calendar that draws as much debate as January 26? While a large proportion of Australians celebrate this as Australia Day, there is a growing number who refuse to celebrate what they refer to as ‘Invasion Day’. On January 26, 1788 the Union Jack was raised on our shores, and Aboriginal ownership of the land was usurped.
The call to change the date of Australia Day from January 26 has been growing louder each year, to one where all Australians could feel included. January 26 does not offer this to the First Australians. The obvious choice espoused by many is January 1, which celebrates our federation in 1901. But history reminds us that this is as equally insulting to the First Australians as January 26.
The crisis on the Lower Darling, which has seen up to 1 million fish die, is largely due to the decisions by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority on instructions from the New South Wales government, a report by the Australia Institute finds.
It says the reasons for those decisions appear to be about building the case for the new Broken Hill pipeline and the Menindee Lakes project, which will see the lakes shrink and “save” water by reducing evaporation.
“It is clear what has caused the Darling River fish kill – mismanagement and repeated policy failure,” said Maryanne Slattery, senior water researcher with the Australia Institute. “To blame the fish kill on the drought is a cop-out, it is because water releases were made from the lakes when this simply shouldn’t have happened.
“It’s time to stop passing the buck.
A cotton farmer has pleaded guilty to illegally pumping water from the Murray-Darling Basin, after he was charged following an ABC Four Corners investigation.
Radicalisation camps, fight clubs, hate campaigns and covert plans to infiltrate major political parties — this is the landscape for the far right in Australia today.
Some groups, like the Antipodean Resistance, don’t shy away from the Nazi label, with swastikas, Sieg Heil salutes and posters calling for the extermination of Australia’s Jews.
Others — including the Australia First Party, the United Patriots Front, the New Guard — don’t outwardly identify with Nazism but have doctrines littered with fascist ideas.
You don’t get this for manslaughter his crime he arrived without papers in the land of a “fair go” (ODT)
A man who has spent the last nine years in immigration detention is seeking his freedom in the High Court, with a case that challenges one of the court’s most controversial decisions in recent decades. If successful, his case could curb, or even bring an end to, Australia’s internationally criticised system of indefinite detention.
Said Imasi, who believes he is 29, arrived in Australia in January 2010 without a passport or identity documents. In the nine years he has been detained since, Australia has never been able to ascertain his identity.
In short, the Government’s offshore detention policy makes no rational sense and therefore we must look at the political reasons for its existence. It then becomes clear that asylum seekers are simply being used for political gain and are political prisoners of the Australian Government.
Are Australians satisfied with innocent people being imprisoned in their name? Is this what we want in a government? If the Government thought Australians did not want them to put asylum seekers in offshore detention, then they wouldn’t, since their reasons for doing so are purely political. Therefore, we should ask ourselves whether we want to let the Government continue believing that this is what Australians want, effectively sending a message to the world that we are a racist country? Do we want to live in a society that collectively abuses the human rights of asylum seekers?
The St Kilda rally isn’t an aberration. It is the natural conclusion of the moral and intellectual collapse of Australian conservatism.
Scott Morrison deserves some praise. It’s not often a half-hearted condemnation of neo-Nazis deserves plaudits, but achievement is relative – among Australian conservatives, unequivocal criticism of the far right now puts you well ahead of the pack. That’s about the lowest bar that you can set, but rather than stepping over it, much of the commentariat takes it as an invitation to a limbo contest. The same people always claiming that “everything is racist now” seem to have decided that nothing is, not even Roman salutes.
This is why Scott Morrison can attack the gestures on display on the weekend, but he can’t attack the sentiments: because they’re shared by people on his front bench. “I have repeatedly asked of the crime-plagued Sudanese in particular: who let them in?” asked Andrew Bolt, and that’s the loudest voice on the Australian right.
It’s true that not every local conservative is like this. But the exceptions are marginal, or powerless, or paralysed, or can’t seem to wrest the megaphone away from the bigoted.
The left-wing caricature of the right-wing is that their ideas are just a series of shoddy disguises for sexism, racism and homophobia, that conservatism is the natural home of “homophobic, anti-women, climate-change deniers”, to quote the federal minister for women, Kelly O’Dwyer.
Who can say, here, that this wrong, when so many are determined to prove it? Where else, in the English-speaking world, is still having controversies over Sambo drawings in the 21st century? If recent years are anything to go by, the difference between the right and the far-right in Australia isn’t some ideological gulf. Too often, it’s what people are willing to say after they’ve had two beers.
So excuse my cynicism when Scott Morrison took to Twitter to tell us “I thank Vic police for their efforts dealing with the ugly racial protests we saw in St Kilda yesterday. Intolerance does not make Australia stronger. Australia is the most successful migrant country in the world. This has been achieved by showing respect for each other, our laws and values and maintaining sensible immigration policies. Let’s keep it that way, it makes Australia stronger.”
Far from being strong on national security, you are jeopardising it by alienating and marginalising groups in our society.
You unleashed the hounds, Scott and you did it for cynical political advantage. And now we are reaping what you sowed.
If you care about a safe Australia, we must send this mob of shit-stirrers packing. Get back under your rock and let decent people work together for all Australians.
Australia lead the world in abandoning the Christian mission Howard and Abbott were to blame. They lead us to war and didn’t welcome peace. (ODT)
While religious communities continue to assist with resettlement of asylum-seekers through faith-based nonprofits and individual congregations, there are signs that some white Christians no longer support this mission.
By The Conversation
Almost three years after making the promise, the Coalition government has made no progress in establishing a register designed to crack down on multinational tax avoidance.
After the publication of the Panama Papers revealed how some of the world’s wealthiest companies and people were using a law firm to minimise their tax responsibilities, and following a similar move in the UK, the Australian government agreed to establish a public registry of beneficial ownership of shell companies.
The register would be designed to expose the shell companies and allow tax authorities to scrutinise who exactly owned each part of a business.
Kelly O’Dwyer confirmed the move in April 2016, saying it would “improve transparency” and would mean the public and authorities would know “who ultimately controls the company”, making it easier to “disrupt illicit financial flows” and “much, much harder to engage in tax avoidance”.
But since then, the register has stalled. Inquiries on the register’s status to O’Dwyer’s office were referred to the assistant treasurer Stuart Robert’s office, which then passed them to the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, who sent the inquiry back to Robert’s office.
What being “taken care of” means to our Home Minister Peter Dutton and his efficient Department (ODT)
Hazara woman Narges, who is at risk of hearing loss and cerebral abscesses, says she was handcuffed en route to appointment which was cancelled
Tony Abbott was called the “Pivot of the Pacific” he turned his back because he thought he’d rather be the “Pillock” and was an excellent one.(ODT)
Media generated racism and collective punishment isn’t this a case of vilification against the media and the local council? (ODT)
Richard Di Natale continues his criticism of Barry O’Sullivan in the Senate
Senator O’Sullivan, David Leyonhjelm and Fraser Anning walk out during his speech
It comes after Senator Di Natale called Senator O’Sullivan a “pig” while defending Sarah Hanson-Young
Australia is the only Commonwealth country never to make a treaty with its indigenous peoples. Why has it proven so difficult? Kathy Marks looks at the vast challenges in Victoria alone – a state that is working towards a national first.
Julian Assange’s sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship.
The government says it has been bringing kids from Nauru to Australia for a while, yet it is still fighting court cases to stop this happening.
In the meantime alt-Right Politics and Media like News Corp who have a fundamental disbelief in human rights and equal opportunity rail against Aid. Their stance is anti -Semetic in that didn’t the Jews simply bring to mind the notion of a fair go something alt-Conservatives Fox Sky and Murdoch’s Companies deny? (ODT)
“China is committed to friendship and common interests and we put the greater good before our own interests,” he said.
“To some people, I would say this: rather than pointing fingers at other’s contributions it is better to take the efforts to do more things that will benefit the Pacific island states.”
Mr Wang said all countries, including China and PNG, had a right to development and to “seize the opportunities” that come with it.
“If that is realised, it will make this world more harmonious and more peaceful.
“So China’s development poses no threat to anyone.”
He went on to say that “any attempts to block the development of developing countries” such as China and PNG would “represent a most severe injustice” and would leave a “disgraceful chapter in history”.
China is investing billions of dollars of infrastructure into Papua New Guinea
China’s Foreign Minister insists the funding comes with no strings attached
He says the two countries are committed to taking bilateral relations “to a new height”
What is behind Morrison and Dutton’s refusal to show even a semblance of humanity? Sacrificing the lives of children to appeal to the racist voters in marginal seats is inexcusable. There is no moral high ground in torturing innocent people to prevent others from boarding boats. “Groupthink” is a plausible explanation for why it has taken so long for moderate Coalition party members to break ranks. The psychological theory known as “cognitive dissonance” partly explains the warped justification for ongoing detention.
But nothing explains the sheer callousness and cruelty displayed by the likes of Morrison and Dutton who have right before them the evidence that Operation Sovereign Borders secured Australian waters, and equally so, that indefinite detention is causing catastrophic harm.
There are only two conclusions to be drawn. Dutton, and Morrison alike, are so incapable of absorbing irrefutable fact, so oblivious to bluntly delivered information, and so manifestly inadequate at assessing matters of significant public interest, they are not fit to hold office.
Or they are simply the meanest politicians Australia has ever seen.
In supporting One Nation’s Senator Pauline Hanson’s toxic bilge that it’s “okay to be white”, the facile but dangerous Morrison Government deserves to lose not only today’s Wentworth by-election, but also the pending Federal election.
They are unworthy of our vote. They are unworthy of Australia. We are surely capable of better. No longer can we tolerate what is being said and done in our name by these belligerently racist and desperate buffoons, who shamelessly lie, cheat and steal from us by masquerading as a government.
These online people didn’t get my meaning, clearly. I wanted to be elsewhere because in a place like Berlin I am not an Aboriginal person living under the unique circumstance of Australian racism. I state I’m Aboriginal overseas and people don’t tend to erase my history, they don’t deny my humanity and they don’t criminalise me. They tend to be interested and respectful. I’m not on the back foot, continually having to prove that racism exists, that Indigenous people experience the brunt of it via being the displaced traditional owners and that our lives matter.
Over the last few years, the small island state has insisted on controlling the journalistic pool. A conspicuous target here has been the ABC itself, which was banned from entering the country to cover the Pacific Islands Forum in September. In a government statement posted in July, “It should be noted that no representative from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation will be granted a visa to enter Nauru under any circumstances.”
Elevated to the levels of high secrecy under the term Operation Sovereign Borders, “operational details” in dealing with boat arrivals, as they are termed, have been a matter of clandestine value. The degrees of control have also extended to covering camp conditions, a matter policed by such brutish little laws such as the Australian Border Force Act 2015 (Cth). Under that bit of legislative nastiness, those who obtain “protected information” in the course of their employment in the border force apparatus can be punished for two years for disclosing such information except to authorised personnel.
Prior to the passage of the ABFA, the Australian government made it its business to hound a number of Save the Children employees working in the Nauru Regional Processing centre. Their sin had been to disclose information on the lamentable conditions in the centre.
The levels of media management regarding reporting on the conditions in Nauru has been extreme. Amnesty International has called this a veritable “wall of secrecy”, designed to conceal “a system of deliberate abuse”. The Nauru government has periodically limited access by journalists to the island, a process made craftier by the hefty visa application fee. In 2014, the non-refundable fee of $200 jumped to $8000.
HERE’S ANOTHER BETTER IDEA TO CELEBRATE
Let’s celebrate this – that First Nations people are the world’s longest continuous culture and people. Recent dating of the earliest known archaeological sites on the Australian continent – using thermo-luminescence and other modern dating techniques – have pushed back the date for Aboriginal presence in Australia to at least 40,000 years. Some of the evidence points to dates over 60,000 years old.
But this would go against every white, western, christian principle the LNP stand for. And we have to consider our new ‘Envoy’ who’s been appointed to shape the future of this longest continuous culture. Tony said – no one was here before Cook arrived- so let’s just white wash history shall we guys? He wants to ban the schools from teaching their language and have all the Aboriginal kids ‘think in English’ … good one Tones.
Creationists don’t believe in evolution either our world was created on Invasion Day and all our children should be taught that particularly Indigenous Australians according to our envoy who says they don’t exist. (ODT)
“Australia Day is our national day. That is the day that Australia’s history changed and it should be a day to recognise all Australians, from our first to our most recent. I don’t think engaging in this sort of indulgent self-loathing…actually makes our country stronger,” the Prime Minister told the Nine Network on Tuesday.
“He said it was important to acknowledge the “deep scars” of Australian colonial history but did not want Australia Day dragged down.”
Germany doesn’t feel any remorse acknowledging the atrocities of WW2 in fact every child is taught that in primary school whether German or not and the nation feels stronger for it why doesn’t Australia feel the need to do the same? (ODT)
A 12-YEAR-OLD CHILD is gravely ill. She is self-harming and making repeated attempts to end her own life. She is being refused medical treatment.
If this was happening in Australia, there would be outrage.
But this scenario is unfolding on Nauru — the “invisible” land where people who have committed no crime, even innocent children, are sent by Australia to be imprisoned and forgotten.
“Where illegal Au Pairs are made legal and legal Asylum Seekers are made Illegal…the land of the FAIR GO” (ODT)
For the past month, Nima has been bedridden with severe depression and trauma. He has recently stopped talking and eating, communicating only with his fingers. The one-bedroom house he shares on Nauru with his partner, Ashkan, is always dark. His eyes can no longer tolerate light. “He is lying on a bed like a corpse,” Ashkan, a Kurdish refugee, told me last week. “Too sick even to go to toilet himself.”
I wrote about Ashkan and Nima a year ago, for The Monthly. The two men have been on Nauru for more than five years. Both have been recognised as refugees. Nima fled Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, but instead of securing asylum in Australia he found himself on Nauru, where homosexuality is also illegal. He and Ashkan, who met on Nauru, have experienced harassment and homophobic attacks. They have both attempted suicide and live virtually imprisoned within their home.
Nima was suicidal before the Australian-United States refugee deal was announced. Briefly, it pulled him out of depression. But the deal has not changed his circumstances. “When we were in Iran, we lived under [President] Ahmadinejad,” Nima has told me. “When we fled Iran to come to Australia, we encountered Tony Abbott and then – what’s his name? – Scott Morrison, and, after, Peter Dutton. They told us to send us to America and now face Donald Trump. They play like a toy with us. We are human being, like every everyone else, we have also hope but they killed our hope, they took our lives, made us gone mad, made us sick and made us mental.”
“Calls to kick her butt, expel her, send her to reducation programs along with her parents, or even remove her from her family tells us it’s Spring Time For Hitler once again. (ODT)
This week, nine-year-old Queensland school girl, Harper Nielsen, was threatened with suspension by her school for refusing to sing the Australian national anthem. The heated and at time preposterous reaction to the story adds fuel to a question that has been lingering in public debate for a while now: is Australian nationalism on the rise?
When 9 year olds show their ability to think those politicians that don’t come racing in to the media space and declare beatings need be legalized (ODT)
Politicians are roasting an Australian nine-year-old after she refused to stand for the national anthem. They are now calling for grade 4 student Harper Nielsen, who says the anthem is racist, to be kicked out of school.
Harper, who goes to Kenmore South State School in Queensland, told Nine News that she chose to sit during the national anthem. She was given detention last week over her refusal to join her classmates in standing.