Human Rights

December 13, 2013

Nelson Mandela – The Death of An Extraordinary Man

I have a sense that we are witnessing the passing of an era, a consequence of the death of an extraordinary human being, someone who has shaped the consciences of […]
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 11, 2014

HUMAN SLAVERY AND TRAFFICKING IS UNACCEPTABLE WHETHER IT’S IN AUSTRALIA OR OVERSEAS!

“The world is outraged young girls are being trafficked and sold into slavery. It is a crime against humanity and is something no-one should ever tolerate” said Reverend Dr Lucy […]
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 […]
June 5, 2014

Outrage and sorrow at the punishment meted out for children locked up in detention.

Over a dozen of us Western Australians stood outside Federal Parliament today in Canberra, to protest at the 1034 children locked up in our name by our Government in breach […]
June 16, 2014

Australia’s Camps of Shame – our very own gulags

At least 20 asylum seekers including up to five babies together with their siblings and parents were transferred from the Adelaide Inverbrackie Detention Centre to Christmas Island at 3 am […]
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 […]