asylum seekers

November 11, 2013

Australia, cruel and vindictive or generous and complacent?

When did Australia lose its generosity and become vindictive and cruel, and unable to see itself as others see it?  This is a very hard question to consider!  Julian Burnside, […]
January 26, 2014

Speaking of transparency and accountability

I continue to be alarmed and concerned at the lack of information that our Governments deems appropriate for us as its citizens, to be given over its treatment, in our […]
April 2, 2014

The Abuse and Misuse of Power in the Case of Asylum Seekers

I’ve been reflecting on the abuse and misuse of power including the danger of becoming so fixed on a particular purpose that an intentional blindness creeps in, and becomes, in […]
April 3, 2014

Australia’s loss of moral authority in the world

During last week, it emerged the Australian government has supported the PNG government’s attempts to shut down inquiries into the Manus Island detention centre led by Justice David Cannings of […]
May 27, 2014

Human Rights and Refugees

It is another sorry chapter in Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers that we have seen in recent days. There is a whiff of deliberate redemptive violence emerging in the current […]
July 7, 2014

A challenge to Australia’s current detention policies for asylum seekers

The launch of the new global strategy by the UN refugee agency on the 3rd July 2014 calls on all countries to move away from the detention of children among […]
August 7, 2014
Villawood Immigration Detention Centre

Asylum seekers and our national shame

Australia has become the subject of incredulity, pity and concern in its current treatment of asylum seekers and refugees and its total rejection of human rights and any claim to […]
December 1, 2014
No Human Being Is Illegal

Being Disturbers of the Peace

Martin Luther King talked about the need to raise the level of discomfort among people when injustice is being perpetrated to the point where the discomfort is so acute, people, […]
August 25, 2016

Unimaginable Cruelty and Blindness by Governments towards Asylum Seekers and Refugees – It’s time to stop!

The unimaginable cruelty and deliberate blindness of our governments in recent years to the conditions being faced by asylum seekers and refugees kept in offshore detention is vindictive and amounts […]