Judi Moylan’s valedictory speech and her history of Australia’s boat people policy

The Hon Judi Moylan MP June 2013 How does one summarize 20 years in Parliament whilst doing justice to all those who have been so pivotal to that service? I have been deeply touched by the extraordinary generosity at every turn by a host of people too numerous to name individually. No member could have been better supported and I wish the same good fortune for the new candidate for Pearce Christian Porter. My family has been a tower of strength. My staff, past and present, particularly my Personal Assistant, Jana Allan, Electorate Officers Anne Bagot, Simon Hall, Janie Brown and Jess Laidman have been superb. Kirsten Mardardy memorably guided […]

Security storm surrounds convicted Egyptian asylum seeker

by Kevin Rennie Source: Global Voices Online June 11, 2013 Accusations of ‘jihadist terrorism’ against an Egyptian asylum seeker have fuelled political brawling in the lead up to Australia’s election on 14 September 2013. Sayed Abdellatif was kept in low security detention for nearly a year despite an Interpol red alert for convictions during the Mubarak regime in 1999. The Opposition parties’ election promises include turning back refugee boats and increasing funding to the intelligence and security agencies. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has responded by setting up an internal inquiryinto the apparent security failure. Stories abound about alleged terrorist Sayed Ahmed Maksoud Abdellatif. Some involve accusations of involvement with al-Qaida funding. Others present […]

Bishop v Indonesian Ambassador Kesoema. Who said what and who is lying?

What the Indonesian Ambassador said about Coalition’s turn-back-boats policy: Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema said Indonesia would welcome Tony Abbott or whoever leads Australia after the September election. But he said asylum seeker boats should be turned back to other countries, not to Indonesia. “Indonesia is a transit country and also the victim of this situation. I think it’s not possible for the coalition to say that it has to go back to Indonesia because Indonesia is not the origin country of these people,” he told reporters in Canberra on Friday. “No such collaboration will happen between Indonesia and Australia (to) bring back the people to Indonesia.” The opposition has long […]

Abbott-v-truth on ‘illegals’

By Tony Yegles April 24, 2013 Leigh Sales won a Walkley Award for her interview with Mr Abbott on the 730 Report in August 2012. Part of this interview dealt with the issue of using the term “illegal” when referring to asylum seekers. Below is a quick reminder. LEIGH SALES: Why have you referred repeatedly to illegal asylum boats coming to Australia? Do you accept that that’s illegal and that seeking asylum by any means is legal? TONY ABBOTT: Most of the people who are coming to Australia by boat have passed through several countries on the way and if they simply wanted asylum they could have claimed that in […]

Abbott’s fear and loathing advertising for his ‘trust me’ election campaign

Is this the road Tony Abbott has chosen to travel to get voters to trust him? Blast from past: Lindsay leaflet scandal in 2007 And now… Bendigo and Eden Monaro pamphlet Western Sydney letter-box drop Luke Mansillo deconstruction Liberal Party misinformation targets low educated anti-migrant Labor Party identifiers in Western Sydney Western Australia billboard https://twitter.com/TonyAbbottMHR/status/326168786598248448 Please send us your nominations for Tony’s ‘trust me with your fear’ advertising. Update 1: Federal Election 2010 Liberal Party Ad says: Real Action Immigration. Stop Illegals now. The Liberals

Morrison’s brick wall on how he’ll stop the boats

By Peter Clarke March 26, 2013 Yesterday, we published a detailed de-construction of an interview between the ABC 730’s Leigh Sales and Prime Minister Julia Gillard. It was a critique of Sales for what we opined were her inadequate interview techniques in that specific context and of Julia Gillard for her blatant refusal to answer questions and her use of media training 101 avoidance techniques to manipulate media interviews. Neither came out of that encounter with much credit, least of all the PM. Here in the comments section and on Twitter the responses have been vigorous and varied. A very worthwhile discussion is still flowing online. As always, partisan passions appear […]

Roaring at the man drilling tattoos into my sensitivities

By Nancy Cato March 3, 2013 At my usual early hour on a sunny Melbourne Saturday, I pushed back the covers along with the urge to go back to sleep and wondered why I felt discomforted. I’m a happy soul, usually. And then I remembered; the images of Scott Morrison’s many interviews the day before on his pea-sized understanding of the asylum seeker debate were drilling tattoos onto my sensitivities. Before I had much chance to let my brain catch up to my outstretched hand. I’d sent out this message via Twitter for all to see: Your words @ScottMorrisonMP have punctured my skin, entered my bloodstream & sadly for you, […]

Refugees tell @latingle how they would change our policy and practice

By Jane Cattermole March 5, 2013 I recently attended the Perth Writer’s Festival and heard heard refugees tell their own stories and describe the mistrust and bitterness they felt from some Australians. Laura Tingle moderated the forum on ‘Refugees: Where do they come from?’ and the panel was: Robin de Crespigny, Author of The People Smuggler and winner of the 25th Human Rights Award for Literature Kooshyar Karimi, Refugee, Author of I Confess: Revelations in Exile and General Practitioner Carina Hoang, Refugee, Author of Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus and a Special Representative of Australia for UNHCR Robin’s book tells the true story of Ali Al Jenabi, who fled Saddam […]

Please let us stay

By Ursula Nolks March 4, 2013 EDITORS NOTE: Thorsten, son of Ursula and Frank Nolks, rang me yesterday about the impending deportation of his parents on Wednesday after more than 30 years in Australia. Their lives changed course when Thorsten wanted to get married in 2008, because it was discovered his parents had changed their last name after arriving in Australia on a tourist visa. Tell your story and I will run it, I said. Ursula got to work and here is her account, followed by extracts from Ursula’s and Frank’s 2011 letter to the immigration minister. The family’s Senator, Trish Crossin, wrote to the minister on their behalf, and […]

The new terrorists

By Margo Kingston November 22, 2001 Source: Webdiary EDITORS NOTE: I was going to write a piece about Morrison’s play this week to trap Gillard in Western Sydney with his asylum seeker ambush when I realised I already had, more than a decade ago. Looks like Abbott is copying his political father’s playbook to win the 2001 election. * Reading Frank Devine’s column in Monday’s Australian, it hit me that the vicious cycle of demonisation of “the other” had reached its illogical conclusion. There was not a skerrick of a suggestion that terrorists were among the boat people until after September 11. Suddenly, without evidence, the link was made – by […]