Want to know about immigration detention? Then sue for negligence | Richard Ackland

There are numerous individual common lawsuits alleging mistreatment and negligence of asylum seekers on the part of the government and its agents. However, public interest lawyer at Maurice Blackburn, Lizzie O’Shea, says there’s no “silver bullet” in the armoury of remedies available to asylum seekers and refugees.O’Shea is concentrating on … Continue reading

Malcolm Turnbull’s Love Of Free Speech Just Another Right-Wing Scam

By Michael Brull You know a Liberal is lying when his lips are moving about a basic human freedom, writes Michael Brull. When a right-winger in Australia invokes their concern for freedom of speech, check your pockets. It is probably a scam. The invocation of those types of principles is … Continue reading

Asylum seekers distressed as Facebook blocked in Nauru

The Nauru government has blocked access to Facebook under the guise of a crackdown on online pornography, a opposition MP says.The government of the tiny Pacific island has directed the country’s only internet service provider “to start blocking applicable websites” as part of a new ban on “internet sites that … Continue reading

Former candidate Prabowo urged Indonesian President to indefinitely postpone Bali nine executions

Military strongman and former presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto urged Indonesian President Joko Widodo to indefinitely delay the executions of 10 drug felons, including Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, days before they were shot.Fadli Zon, a senior official from Mr Prabowo’s Gerindra party, said he delivered a letter to Mr Joko … Continue reading

Robb launches bogus TPP attack – MacroBusiness

By Leith van Onselen Australia’s Trade Minister, Andrew Robb, appeared on ABC’s The Business on Wednesday night (extract above) and delivered the following serve to opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement: “The criticism [of the TPP] is largely coming from some long standing opponents of trade. They’ve been … Continue reading

Hard line on refugees undermines principled opposition to execution

Yesterday morning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the “unprecedented step” of recalling Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia. He also suspended all ministerial contact in response to the executions of Australian citizens Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Australia has undertaken “an international commitment to abolish the death penalty” as a signatory to … Continue reading

Indonesian President Widodo under corrupt thumb of Megawati

By Peter Hartcher Sydney Morning Herald Indonesia’s president is in a position of weakness. Pathetic weakness.Joko Widodo, who took power just six months ago with stratospheric approval ratings, should have been feted when he appeared before his party’s national congress earlier this month.Instead, he was humiliated. As he sat in … Continue reading

‘Am I being executed?’ Brazilian killed by Indonesia unaware until end, says priest

Priest who counselled Rodrigo Gularte – who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – says he tried in vain for three days to explain to the inmate he was about to die A Brazilian man executed by firing squad along with seven other prisoners in Indonesia on … Continue reading