Category: Operation Sovereign Borders

Australia’s Brutal Treatment of Migrants (sic)

Editorial Board, New York Times 3 September 2015 It is inexcusable that some find themselves today in situations that are more hopeless and degrading than the ones that prompted them to flee. Some European officials may be tempted to adopt…

One Positive To Take From The Labor Conference

New Matilda 2 August 2015   Max Chalmers believes that Michele O’Neill’s speech at the Labor Party Conference will resonate with many even though her position ‘never had a chance. Here is his summary   “I’m the leader of the…

Canberra Politicians split on boat turn-backs

28 July, Canberra Times Labor members of the ACT Assembly split on turning back asylum seeker boats  at the party’s national conference on the weekend, with Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Joy Burch backing Bill Shorten’s position on turnbacks, but Yvette Berry…

Witnesses to asylum seeker boat crossings

In 2013 Luke Mogelson and Joel Van Houdt pretended to be asylum seekers in order to experience travelling to Australia by boat seeking asylum. Because there have been so few accounts of what this journey is like I am republishing…

Major Refugee Groups Slam Boat Turn-Backs As Labor Mulls Policy Shift

By Max Chalmers, New Matilda The Refugee Council says an activist who spoke out in favour of turn-backs does not represent the views of those who work with refugees. Max Chalmers reports. The national umbrella organisations for refugee and asylum…

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…

Is Tony Abbott testing the Australian peoples’ appetite for tougher action on asylum seekers.

This article by Wendy Frew of BBC News focusses on the strategies and words Tony Abbott deploys in responding to accusations that his Government has done something that is, not only unlawful, but heinous. “Tony Abbott is using the oldest…

Australia sunk boat and turned back 65 people at sea, including a pregnant woman

Australian customs turned back 65 people, including a pregnant woman, after their boat reached Australian waters last Tuesday, according to an Indonesian police chief…. Fishermen spotted two boats floating near Landuti island in the West Rote district, 500 kilometres north-east of…