Category: Effect of refugee policy on us

The story behind the heartbreaking photo of refugee family shared by thousands

Kate Aubusson, The Age, 20 August 2015 https://refugeeaction.org/wp-admin/media-upload.php?post_id=2356&type=image&TB_iframe=1 [The sort of image that the Australian Government would rather we not see] It’s an image that sublimely captures the moment desperation gave way to joy for a refugee family who found sanctuary…

Call me illegal: The semantic struggle over seeking asylum in Australia

Ben Doherty, Thomson Reuters Fellow Trinity Term 2015 Abstract Since the arrival of the first post-colonial ‘boatpeople’ on Australian shores in 1976, the language used by governments and media to discuss those who arrive ‘irregularly’ by sea has changed dramatically.…

How much power is too much when dealing with asylum seekers

Gabrielle Appleby and Claire Higgins, The Age  Extract: The proposed Good Order Bill gives broad discretionary powers to private contractors working in Australian immigration detention centres for the use of force against detainees to protect the life, health or safety…

Time to Tell the Truth about offshore detention

Having worked as a counsellor in immigration detention for several years, for contractor International Health and Medical Services (IHMS), any discussions surrounding my former place of employment could very well be illegal after tomorrow, 1 July. This is because of…

A Mock Refugee Camp In A Sydney Suburb Is Showing People The Reality Of Seeking Asylum

By Baz Ruddick, 24/6/2015 Ignorance proliferates in a society that closes its eyes, and when government policy demonstrates a clear lack of compassion, ignorance is further exacerbated. While a large section of the population is passionate about the welfare of…

Melissa Parkes speaks up (from Hansard 24 June 2015)

Ms PARKE (Fremantle) (17:38): It would be an understatement to say I am uncomfortable with this bill. There have been so many steps on the way to getting to what is widely viewed as this debased point in the asylum…

Australia’s integrity: lost at sea says Susan Metcalfe

In this article, Susan Metcalfe argues that, the recent “alleged authorisation of cash payments to people smugglers during a recent boat turn-back operation, adds to a growing list of “unethical and damaging “by hook or by crook” asylum-seeker strategies adopted…

Children place themselves in ‘voluntary detention’ in solidarity

Over past few weeks students across Australia have been voluntarily putting themselves in detention at lunchtime. The ‘Detention for Detention’ action is in its 3rd year now. It aims to raise awareness about children suffering in detention—children placed there by…