Although Papua New Guineans are seen to be taking this action there should be no mistake that this is the result of the Australian Government’s hard line on refugees and immigrants who arrived by boat seeking save haven. Instead they have been incarcerated for years. Australia is culpable and its actions regarding those arriving by sea are inexcusable and horrific. A shame on the nation.
The refugees on Manus have written a letter to some of the leaders of the free world (I have corrected a few spelling mistakes): To the Honourable: President Donald Trump, Prime Ministers Jacinda Ardern and Justin Trudeau and also humanitarian people of those countries We, refugees and asylum seekers in Manus Island detention, are writing to you to explain our terrible condition and also our request. The condition in here…
Read incident reports written by staff in Australia’s immigration detention centre on Nauru Source: The Nauru files: the lives of asylum seekers in detention detailed in a unique database – interactive | Australia news | The Guardian
Those who have made a life in Australia are forced to watch atrocities against Muslims in their homelands, while simultaneously fending off the bigotry of the anti-Islam movement here, writes Sarah Ali. Australia faces a problem. The election has seen the return of Pauline Hanson, who used the fear surrounding international terrorism to oversimplify complexMore Source: Hanson’s Rise A Double Insult For Australian Muslims – New Matilda
The implications of the term “smuggler” have taken a 180 degree turn in the 21st century – it has been reframed in the ubiquitous economic language of neoliberalism Source: When people smugglers were seen as heroes, and we welcomed the dispossessed | Miriam Cosic | Opinion | The Guardian
Grattan on Friday: The Manus issue intrudes on carefully crafted pre-election scripts Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra It is a shocking truth that, for the most part, the politicians are leaving their humanity at home as they debate the future of the men on Manus Island. They give little sense that they are talking about people who – whatever their particular motives in getting on boats – have been in…
Australians need to wake up and put PEOPLE, LIFE, WELL-BEING, INTEGRITY, & COMMUNITY firmly onto the political agenda. That is what our next election should have at its heart.
Drawings by children in Australia’s immigration detention centres include tearful self-portraits and depict longing for absent parents and pleas for help Source: ‘There’s no hope, there’s nothing’: drawings by children in immigration detention – video
Source: New Zealand Offers to Take Australia’s Unwanted Refugees – ABC News
The Border Force Act is intended to scare workers on Nauru and Manus Island into silence. It should never be a criminal offence to report a criminal offence Source: Why can’t we know what’s happening on Nauru and Manus Island? | Julian Burnside