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

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