Category: public support for Government Refugee Policy

Refugees who could be us

“There has been a vigorous public debate about whether the photo of Aylan’s drowned body should be shown by news organizations. But the real atrocity isn’t the photo but the death itself — and our ongoing moral failure to save…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

What Will It Take To Change Australia’s Mind About Asylum Seekers? An Interview With Julian Burnside

By Eleanor Gordon-Smith, 24/4/2015 Here is a matter of fact: thirteen years ago in Maribyrnong Detention Centre, an eleven-year-old girl hanged herself with her bedsheet. Her family found her and cut down her strangling body, and she was taken to…

Australia’s dark secret is killing our soul says Tim Winton

This speech is well worth the effort of reading in full at http://m.theage.com.au/comment/tim-wintons-palm-sunday-plea-start-the-soulsearching-australia-20150329-1ma5so.touch.html Significant extracts: We hide this dirty secret at a terrible cost to ourselves as individuals and as a community. What secret are we hiding? Well, it’s awkward, and…

Australia: where we are being systematically conditioned into accepting the cruel treatment of others as necessary and inevitable

Truthout, 18 March As conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere pushed the number of refugees to 13 million last year, the international community is struggling to shoulder the humanitarian responsibility of protecting those fleeing violence and persecution in their…