Abyan”, “Golestan”, “Nazanin”. These people are unknown to us, save for the single pseudonyms with which they’ve been appellated.Hamid Kehazaei’s name we at least know, even if we know little about the life he led before he came to be within the bailiwick of Australia’s offshore detention regime, under the … Continue reading
The First Dog on the Moon Institute proudly presents the Predatory Excellence Medal, the Abyan, the Valorous Dutton Button and more! Source: And now for the Border Force awards, celebrating cruelty, obfuscation and neglect | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian
Conservative governments would have us judge every group in society by its worst members unless, of course, you belong to the political class or their corporate partners.Muslims living in the Western world are facing suspicion and discrimination because of the action of a few militant fundamentalists. We are led to … Continue reading
I have said it before but it deserves repeating. Democracy is not failing us; it is we who fail democracy when we fail to actively engage with it. Democracy, as we practice it today, has lost its essential direction and has been usurped by a divisive creed full of vitriolic, … Continue reading
The ABC’s outgoing technology editor today claimed he had been “gagged” by the broadcaster from publishing further articles about the National Broadband Network, after several initial articles heavily criticised the Coalition’s Multi-Technology Mix model.
Mohammad Albederee at the Manus Island detention centre. Asylum seekers have swallowed insect repellent, bashed their heads on walls and doused their bodies with boiling water in a culture of self-harm in Australian detention centres that appears to have reached crisis point.
It’s disingenuous for the government to claim that the $650m they’re pulling out of the health system won’t affect patients – we’ll end up paying for it
Brough, Briggs and now Dutton: as if one Christmas turkey wasn’t enough.When the Turnbull government waited a month to dump ministers Mal Brough and Jamie Briggs in the silly season, Opposition leader-in-waiting Tanya Plibersek accused them of “taking out the trash” while no one noticed. If that was their strategy, … Continue reading
Two images, a few days apart, are proving hard for me to shake. The first came the day I flew to Port Moresby in September to cover what turned out to be Tony Abbott’s last international engagement as prime minister, the South Pacific Forum.After catching a taxi from our heavily … Continue reading
Exclusive: More than 700 pages of the Faili Kurd’s immigration department file show how he was trapped in a bureaucracy that did not care for him For a man who was stateless, who lived his life belonging to nowhere, the foothills of Kabir Kuh, the great mountain of western Iran, … Continue reading