By Eva Cripps Torture is an evocative word. It conjures up images of shackles, chains, beatings, burnings, suffocation, and waterboarding. Almost everyone has watched a movie that incorporates some element of torture. Blind fold over face and knife to throat, submersion into a watery pit, a bucket full of scorpions. … Continue reading
Every now and then, you get to understand – even just for a moment – someone else’s point of view. You might have assumed you knew all about it, but it’s rare to feel it, to glimpse what life is like for another human being.At a forum organised by the … Continue reading
By Scott Burchill Governments contrive moral panics to consolidate domestic political support. An alleged “existential” foreign threat is particularly useful. It encourages the population to rally behind the leader, accept restrictions on their civil liberties and support higher levels of funding for the military and intelligence sectors.The veracity of the … Continue reading
By Stuart Rollo The government says we must be cruel to be kind, to help stop deaths at sea. If they’ve paid smugglers that myth will finally be left exposed, writes Stuart Rollo.
By Ben Eltham Australia’s primary health system is in chaos due to the bungled introduction of new Primary Health Networks. The cost? Up to $112 million plus hundreds of jobs. Ben Eltham explains in Part II of his special investigation.
By Ben Eltham As in immigration and the arts, ministerial control over the health budget looks set to greatly increase. Part one of a special look at health policy, by Ben Eltham.
Talking about refugees and asylum seekers in some circles can be a dubious endeavour. Before you know it, words like “illegals” and “queue jumpers” are ricocheting back at you, and you’re entangled in an angry debate.In some parts of Australia, the good ol’ welcome mat has yet to make it … Continue reading
A refugee is in hiding on Manus Island in fear of his life, after allegedly being tricked by Papua New Guinea immigration officials into making a newspaper advertisement promoting resettlement.Haider Khan told the ABC other refugees are furious with him and have threatened his life for appearing in a photograph … Continue reading
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