Former Prime Minister @MalcolmFraser12 call for new #auspol party of values and decency. @Jansant reports

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has called on young people to organise and create a new political party based on values and decency. He made the call during an Asylum Seeker Resource Centre event at Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday night during a question and answer session. Earlier in a speech (below), Mr Fraser said of recent and current Australian government refugee policies: I thought we got to the bottom of the barrel a couple of years ago, people keep on getting a better, bigger, deeper barrel. Corinne Grant, the MC for the evening asked Mr Fraser: “If both major parties are racing to the bottom of the barrel, […]

Morrison and Abbott named in International Criminal Court submission on #refugees: @jansant reports

THE International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is currently considering a submission calling for an investigation into Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. The submission was officially accepted by the ICC on May 19, 2014, it names senior members of government. No Fibs has now seen the full submission, however, after advice from experienced investigators, we decided against publishing the document. The advice was publication could harm any possible future investigation. We have published the executive summary (below). The submission was prepared by lawyer and migration agent Tracie Aylmer, who also does volunteer work in a legal capacity. Tracie told No Fibs she prepared the submission to ensure international law […]

Are Australians struggling with cognitive dissonance over #asylumseekers? ASRC’s @jj_juliajacob comments

Cognitive Dissonance is a phrase introduced by psychologist Festinger in the late 1950s to describe the mental conflict or psychological discomfort a person feels when their beliefs and assumptions are contradicted by new information. Human nature is such that when dealing with mental discomfort, it chooses to do one or more of the following 3 things to reduce this internal tension or dissonance; Change the belief, attitude or behaviour completely Justify the belief or behaviour Actively ignore, deny or avoid information that contradicts the existing beliefs Here are some every day instances most of us can relate to. You go out with friends and end up having one too many […]