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 […]

Try stopping the bleeding hearts: @burgewords #CreatingWaves

There’s no use beating around the bush: The Abbott Government has stopped the boats. I am arts columnist for No Fibs, and I probably should be writing about the Arts. However, like many artists in Australia at the moment, I am experiencing plenty of distractions of the political kind. I find it difficult to focus on creative expression while we have thousands of innocent people locked up in Australian detention centres, their images and stories used very creatively as propaganda to prevent others following in boats from Indonesia. When I come up for air from my writing schedule, I see a nation in a state of fear. Fear about money, […]

Why ‘inadvertent incursion’ won’t wash: @adropex analyses Sovereign Borders inquiry

By Lesley Howard  @adropex On January 17, 2014, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, reported that Australian vessels had entered Indonesian territorial waters during operations conducted in association with Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB). On January 21, 2014, terms of reference were given for an internal review to be conducted by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and the Australian Defense Force (ADF) into these incursions. On February 19, 2014, the review found that Australian ships had violated Indonesian territorial waters six times between December 1, 2013, and January 20, 2014, as part of border security operations. However “each incursion was inadvertent and occurred as a result of miscalculation of Indonesian maritime boundaries […]

Margo’s Twitter report on death and injury at Manus Island, Australia’s Heart of Darkness

[clear] Videos by David Marler @Qldaah By Margo Kingston  @margokingston1 23 February 2014 [View the story “Margo’s Twitter report on death and injury at Manus Island, Australia’s Heart of Darkness” on Storify]

Operation Sovereign Borders: an @adropex fact check

By Lesley Howard @adropex 21st February 2014 No matter what you think of the ALP or the LNP policy on asylum seekers, regardless of whether you voted for this government or not, the riots, the violence and social unrest, the fear, the death and the injuries happened on our watch. Ours. Us. Australia. Australia is a signatory to the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, a United Nations multilateral treaty that defines the rights of individuals seeking asylum and the responsibilities of nations that provide asylum. No matter our individual view as to whether the ‘transferees’, ‘asylum seekers’ or ‘refugees’ should be settled in Australia, no matter our personal politics, once […]

Tomorrow when the war began: Australia’s ‘national emergency’

By Noely Neate 25 July 2013 Source: Yathink.com.au It’s not the movie, the wonderful Tomorrow series written by John Marsden where Australia was invaded but we never knew or were told who invaded us.  Today’s coalition press conference was a bit like that – we are being invaded by a group of faceless people who we need to take military action against. After Julie Bishop’s, Scott Morrison’s and Mr Abbott’s form in recent times regarding international relations with our neighbours we can only hope that much of this advice is invisible too and this plan never gets off the ground.  Basically the scare-mongering and fear hyperbole has hit critical mass in this […]