Politicians ignore questions about detention of #refugees: @JulianBurnside reports

Barnaby Joyce. Photo: Bidgee Wikimedia

Note: This piece previously published on Julian Burnside’s website: http://www.julianburnside.com.au/politicians-ignore-questions-about-detention-of-refugees/ It is a miserable thing to report, but our politicians who inflict unspeakable misery on refugees are apparently not willing to explain themselves. An Australian citizen recently wrote to six Federal MPs asking a couple of very simple questions.  Each letter was less than a […]

#Aid, push factors and people smuggling #OnWaterGate – @mary_sayed comments

Refugee camp, Myanmar

The latest low to which the Australian Government – current and previous – has sunk in order to push refugees out of sight and out of mind has made headline news. The major parties’ blind determination to treat refugees as inhumanely as possible seems to know no bounds. We are now refusing to allow boats […]

By hook or by crook – The #CashForTurnbacks scandal: @Qldaah #auspol

By Hook Or By Crook - The #CashForTurnbacks scandal.

Live blog of the media reports on the “cash for turnbacks” crisis. Check back regularly for updates.   (Jump to comments section) Introduction. (August 6, 2015) – Saving lives. (July 20, 2015)  – AFP essential priority. (June 24, 2015)  – Senate inquiry to launch. (June 20, 2015)  – Counter allegations. (June 19, 2015)  – Justifying […]

John #MalcolmFraser AC 22nd Prime Minister of #auspol: @Jansant tribute

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser (@MalcolmFraser12) has left the building, and it feels empty without him. The man who had once torn Australia apart, became a voice of reason, decency and compassion in a sea of gutter level race fuelled political strategy. A child of the squattocracy, that in the end, was the reasoned and […]

Torture report makes @IntlCrimCourt action against @TonyAbbottMHR’s #auspol likely: @jansant reports

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On Monday, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, released a report (below) that found Australia in violation of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). The report found multiple violations and identified the systematic nature resulting from government policy. Juan Mendez, is a survivor of […]

Wilkie and Barns turn up #refugees heat on Abbott with “comprehensive brief” to ICC. @Jansant reports

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Andrew Wilkie MP (@WilkieMP) and human rights advocate and lawyer Greg Barns (@BarnsGreg) have followed up their letter to The International Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) in The Hague (ICC) of last October with a “comprehensive brief on this matter”. The full brief is published below. The ICC is currently also considering a submission (with additional information) […]

When has the suspension of the rule of law ever been a win for humanity? asks Fr Rod Bower @FrBower

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A version of this piece first appeared on Anglican Parish of Gosford Facebook page. There is a great evil being perpetrated in the name of the Australian people and up until this point in time, with the compliance of the majority. That popular amenability must now quickly become a minority if Australia is not to […]

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

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser

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 […]

Alleged abuse against #refugees outside ICC jurisdiction: @jansant reports

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has declined “further analysis” of evidence included in a submission authored by Tracie Aylmer, alleging atrocities against refugees committed by members of the Australian government. The ICC said in a letter (below) dated Thursday, September 18: “the allegations appear to fall outside the jurisdiction of the Court”. […]

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

Photo: DIBC images (Source: Wikimedia Commons).

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, […]