Tag Archive | refugee

The Return to Rudd: a turn for the worse on asylum seeker policy?

Originally posted on Castan Centre for Human Rights Law :
The night of Wednesday 26th of June was full of surprises. We got an old/new Prime Minister in Kevin Rudd, found out that our first female Prime Minister was quitting politics, and learned what the Foreign Minister Bob Carr thinks of refugees and our international obligations…

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What goes around comes around

She stared at the man standing in front of her. He was older than she remembered from his photos in the media all those years ago. Then, so was she. “I need to get out of Australia,” he croaked. “They are trying to kill me.” “How did you find me?” “People speak of you.” She […]

What is persecution?

It is generally accepted that to be an asylum seeker and then accepted as a refugee, one must be fleeing persecution. With all the discussion of exactly what constitutes an asylum seeker/refugee of late, it is appropriate to look at the definition of persecution. In 1951, persecution for the purposes of being granted refugee status was […]


I read two articles relating to asylum seekers today. The first by Jonathan Green on ABC’s The Drum, titled Australia’s political heartland: hate, fear, prejudice. The other article was the complete opposite: Violent asylum seekers out on the streets, says insider, published in The Age. The truth is probably somewhere in between. I have no doubt the […]

Happy Anniversary to us but what of Ranjini

Today is our third wedding anniversary. As it is mid-week and we have things like footy team photos and a student free day at Miss O 1′s school, we aren’t out celebrating. However WE are TOGETHER. I was reminded today of another couple who are not together.  Ranjini and her husband. I have written about […]

If human rights is not something you think about, I invite to read Dr George Venturini

Dr Venturni has an impressive legal bio. He has started a new series of articles on Independent Australia looking at “the history and reasons for Australia’s current unfair and illegal refugee policy”. I invite you to click on the picture below and read Dr Venturini’s excellent article.

Live export or asylum seekers?

I’m really not ready to write about the 4 Corners program which so graphically revealed the conditions on Manus Island and Nauru, the concentration camp conditions we are sending asylum seekers into, including children. However, as I watched the Twitter feed later in the week, I spotted this tweet: I have no reason to question […]

ASIO and DIAC and indefinite detention

Andrew Zammit is a Research Fellow at the Global Terrorism Research Centre (Monash University).  Today he published an article,  What do ASIO’s adverse security assessments of refugees actually mean? about the adverse ASIO security assessments that currently lead to indefinite detention of asylum seekers/refugees. I have written about one such refugee, Ranjini, on this site previously.  Earlier […]

Morrison’s moral panic episode overshadows ASRC work

Scott Morrison proudly, it seems, made his major contribution to heightening the levels of moral panic in the community in relation to asylum seekers. While I have read many articles today, which I will share below, I am taking the words from his press release on his web site, http://www.scottmorrison.com.au/info/pressrelease.aspx?id=1083 A requirement to consult and notify […]

Indefinite detention: where does YOUR MP stand?

Letters for Ranjini has initiated a campaign to establish where each of our representatives stand on the question of indefinite detention of asylum seekers receiving an adverse security assessment from ASIO. As this is an election year, let’s find out the thoughts of those who wish to represent us. Do we agree with them? You […]


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