Tag Archive | refugee

Should we send a woman pregnant with twins to Nauru?

Edit October 20: Since this and many other articles were published, Morrison has come out strongly denying there are any pregnant women with twins on Nauru. I note he does not say there never were: Despite this, Mr Morrison used the once-weekly briefing to admonish assembled journalists for misreporting asylum seeker issues, including the widely […]

So now we dump people on third world countries

Papua New Guinea. What is the definition of a third world country? A friend of mine, who has a different view to my view on the question of asylum seekers, pronounced today that third world, as a definition, is a cold war construct. Had anyone else said this, I would have simply suggested they get their arse […]

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…

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 […]

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.

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 […]


Imogen Bailey is a woman on a mission.  Imogen participated in Go Back Where You Came From Series II and aside from being a very busy woman working on her career, she is passionate about the question of children in mandatory detention and dedicates her time to campaigning to try to get the message to […]

SBS: Go Back Where You Came From

Tonight I snapped a selection of Tweets during the screening of Go Back Where You Came From, the second series on SBS. A trailer follows. Both speak for themselves. WATCH IT!

Where are the REAL Liberals?

I received a phone call the other day from the Liberal Party asking if I was happy with my membership.  I haven’t been as active a member as I’d like, or planned to be, but anyone who follows us knows why!  There are not enough hours in the day at the moment.  That doesn’t mean […]