Disruptive Protest And Freedom Of Speech: A User’s Guide

New Matilda, March 19 2015. Read the original here. When are protesters justified in disrupting a public event? Can they legitimately do so in the name of freedom of speech? What aspects of the context change the rights and wrongs of a disruption? These kinds of questions are among the most delicate, complicated and important… Continue reading Disruptive Protest And Freedom Of Speech: A User’s Guide

There’s no evidence to prove asylum seeker advocates ‘coach’ how to self harm – because we don’t

The Guardian, July 14 2014. Read the original here. A new culprit has emerged in the human rights catastrophe of Australian asylum policy: refugee advocates themselves. Since Friday, The Australian’s Paige Taylor has reported unsubstantiated allegations against asylum-seeker advocates, specifically my colleague at the Refugee Action Coalition, Ian Rintoul. Taylor has reported false allegations by… Continue reading There’s no evidence to prove asylum seeker advocates ‘coach’ how to self harm – because we don’t

The struggle for refugee rights can be won

Speech given at the Sydney March in March rally, March 2014 New Matilda, August 17 2014. Read the original here. I’d like to begin by acknowledging that we’re meeting on the ancient land of the Gadigal people — land that was never ceded. There’s a clear link between Australia’s dispossession of indigenous people and its… Continue reading The struggle for refugee rights can be won

Writing letters of protest won’t change Australia’s refugee policy

The Guardian, Friday 21 February 2014. Read the original here. Regardless of who was directly behind this week’s horrifying attacks on asylum seekers in Manus, the ultimate responsibility lies with Australia’s bipartisan refugee policy. As a result, many people are agonising over how to play a role in ending Australia’s escalating violence against refugees. In… Continue reading Writing letters of protest won’t change Australia’s refugee policy

Academics should boycott international conferences in the US until Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ is lifted

Wildcat Dispatches, 17 February 2017. Read the original here. Earlier this week, I signed a call for a boycott of international academic conferences in the US until Trump’s “Muslim ban” is lifted. Over five thousand other academics have done the same, and the move has been widely reported. However, not everyone thinks that a boycott… Continue reading Academics should boycott international conferences in the US until Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ is lifted