Refugees

Australia & NZ, Racism, Refugees

Refugee Crisis: Close the camps, bring them here!

Refugee Crisis: Close the camps, bring them here!

Australia has created a humanitarian catastrophe in its refugee detention centres. In the past week alone a desperate refugee burned himself alive on Nauru, a woman reportedly 8 months pregnant attempted suicide and refugees have been infected with the Zika virus. Also this week the supreme court of Papua New Guinea […]

Australia & NZ, Refugees

Refugees: Let them stay!

Refugees: Let them stay!

The plight of refugees fleeing deadly conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere has generated huge sympathy across the world. In Australia, tens of thousands of people joined demonstrations and vigils to put pressure on the government to accept 12,000 more refugees from Syria. This must be seen as a […]

Australia & NZ, Racism, Refugees

Refugees, border protection and the nationalist myth

Refugees, border protection and the nationalist myth

The plight of refugees fleeing deadly conflict in the Middle East has generated huge sympathy across the world. In many countries huge demonstrations of ordinary people have demanded governments act to support and resettle these refugees. In Australia, tens of thousands of people joined demonstrations and vigils to put pressure […]

Australia & NZ, Racism, Refugees

Refugee detention centres are inhumane, but profitable

Refugee detention centres are inhumane, but profitable

The hypocrisy of our government The harrowing images of 3-year-old refugee Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach have shaken the world. Alongside his father and brother, Aylan fled the northern Syrian city of Kobane attempting to find refuge in Europe. Aylan, his brother and his father are just […]

Australia & NZ, Racism, Refugees

Border Force back down

Border Force back down

In late August the Abbott Government’s Australian Border Force announced it would be stopping people on the streets of Melbourne’s CBD and checking their visa status. ‘Operation Fortitude’ would involve the Border Force ‘speaking with any individuals we cross paths with,’ a departmental media release claimed. The Border Force regional […]