The price of Australia’s war on asylum

New Matilda, September 9 2014. Read the original here. So often, since the Tampa, we’ve asked, what next? What will the next asylum outrage be that the Australian government finds it necessary to justify? Last week, Hamid Kehazaei’s death from septicaemia after a foot infection became the latest answer. Another sacrifice to the idols of… Continue reading The price of Australia’s war on asylum

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

No news from Manus

New Matilda, January 14, 2013. Read the original here. Since December, the Immigration department has increasingly censored refugees’ ability to communicate with the outside world. Its petty and vindictive restrictions on this basic freedom are likely to deepen the ongoing mental health crisis within detention, both offshore and domestically. On Sunday, three Iraqi men made… Continue reading No news from Manus