The rebadging of the Australian customs and border protection service as the Australian border force illustrates a phenomenon that’s been apparent for some time – the entwining of refugee policy with the war on terror.
Kelvin Davis, a NZ Labour MP who is visiting Australian detention centres, says many of those awaiting deportation are guilty of only petty offences
The federal government has secretly flown a pregnant refugee out of Australia to escape a court injunction, chartering a jet to fly her back to Nauru and the detention centre where she was raped.
“Your government does what with refugee children?” was the subtext of the discreet email from my friend, an American paediatric ethicist. “Thought you might be interested.”
This week the Liberal Party and Labor Party ganged up (again) to legislate for “cashless welfare card trials” aka another patronising, paternalistic and ideologically driven attempt to manage the lives – and money – of people living under the poverty line.
It was around 2001 when migrant panic in Australia shifted from “Asians” to Muslims. By now the transition is so complete that it is easy, not to mention convenient, for many to forget how intense and politicised the hostility to new arrivals from China, Vietnam and elsewhere became.
The Nauruan justice minister has said police are considering charging a sexual assault complainant with making a false statement after the government faced widespread criticism for releasing the woman’s name and graphic details of her allegations. In a combative statement issued on Thursday, David Adeang claimed the woman had not … Continue reading
Social Services Minister Christian Porter is on the hunt for savings in his new portfolio, hinting spending cuts on carer and disability payments may be needed to get the budget back to surplus. In comments that echo his predecessor, Scott Morrison, Mr Porter told Alan Jones on Sky News … Continue reading
The Nauruan police force has seized phones and laptops from Save the Children staff and other contractors in an attempt to hunt down journalists’ sources at the Australian run detention centre. On Saturday police officers executed a search warrant at one of the administration blocks in RPC1 and took personal … Continue reading
Love in the Time of Indefinite Detention – starring Primrose Sprinkles as Dr Guinevere Bravely-Friande and Lance Fudbuggler as token love interest Nurse Hottington Source: Doctor, I love you. And I want to get the kiddies out of immigration detention | First Dog on the Moon | Comment is free … Continue reading