Tag: LNP’s Shame

Twenty Years After the Tampa Affair, Australia’s Left Must Keep Standing Up for Refugees

In 2001, conservative prime minister John Howard demonized 433 refugees who had been rescued at sea. It inaugurated an era of racist, abusive policies toward asylum seekers in Australia — and a movement that fights in solidarity with refugees.

Source: Twenty Years After the Tampa Affair, Australia’s Left Must Keep Standing Up for Refugees

Is the ACCC protecting telco consumers or fattening up NBNCo for sale? – Michael West

ACCC and NBCo

Abbott’s Legacy and embarrasment  being dumped

Is the ACCC helping the Government get the best price for the sale of NBNCo? The competition regulators are doing consumers no favours hindering investment in new telco infrastructure. Who is looking after the interests of telco consumers? asks former NBNCo CTO Gary McLaren.

Source: Is the ACCC protecting telco consumers or fattening up NBNCo for sale? – Michael West

Alan Tudge ‘concerned’ about colonisation emphasis in proposed curriculum changes

Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge says he is concerned about some of the proposed changes to the national curriculum.

“Equally, that should not come at the expense of dishonouring our Western heritage, which has made us the liberal democracy that we are today. We have to get the balance right and I’m concerned that we haven’t in the draft that’s been put out.” Under the proposed changes, unveiled by the national curriculum authority on Thursday, children will be taught that First Nations’ people experienced British colonisation “as invasion and dispossession of land, sea and sky”. References to Australia’s “Christian heritage” were also removed out of the civics and citizenship syllabus in favour of terms such as secular and multi-faith.

Source: Alan Tudge ‘concerned’ about colonisation emphasis in proposed curriculum changes

Medecins Sans Frontieres Calls Situation On Nauru ‘Beyond Desperate’

PHNOM PENH, Oct 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has pulled its mental health workers off Nauru on government orders, the medical charity said on Wednesday, calling the situation of asylum seekers and refugees on the Pacific island “beyond desperate”.

MSF said international staff had left Nauru, where it was providing mental health care to locals, refugees and those seeking asylum. Australia sends people trying to reach its shores to an offshore processing centre there.

“MSF is deeply concerned for the health and wellbeing of its patients and describes the mental health situation of asylum seekers and refugees on the island as ‘beyond desperate,'” it said in a statement.

Medecins Sans Frontieres Calls Situation On Nauru ‘Beyond Desperate’