Archive for 'Asylum seekers'
Independent socialist and A.C.T. Senate candidate John Passant today welcomed the failure of the Abbott government to forcibly deport asylum seek Wei Lin back to harm in China. He called on Labor’s Senate appointee in the ACT, Katy Gallagher, to denounce this attempted forced deportation and to support the fight for refugees and asylum seekers.
The Abbott government is in crisis so they’ll ramp up the attacks on their holy trinity – refugees, Aborigines and unions
The Coalition came to power delivering more of the same cuts as Labor, only worse. It too is incompetent. No amount of xenophobia about refugees, racism against Aborigines or lies about unions is going to save it at the next election.
Many voters retain a yearning for a social democratic Australia, an Australia of increasing living standards, better public health, public education and public transport, for jobs for all, an Australia which seriously addresses climate change and cares for those in need. That yearning for a better world, born of the exploitative capital/labour relationship and the wages system, is clashing with the needs of capital around the globe for good profit rates. The falling rate of profit in Europe and North America and the spread of the contagion to Asia and the Pacific will see the Australian economy worsen over the next few years.
The Abbott government’s response will be to ramp up its attacks on asylum seekers, refugees and unions as well as cutting social welfare and other spending, However this is a government of the walking dead. One push from unions and unionists could bury this zombie government right now.
Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says he ‘will not take moral lectures from Bill Shorten or Sarah Hanson-Young on border protection.’
Perhaps then he could try Jesus Christ for a change.
The ‘enemy’, the ‘other’ is supposedly both external and within. It is a common ploy of our rulers. Over white Australia’s history the threat has been variously the Chinese, the yellow peril, the Russians, the Germans, the Japanese, the Reds, immigrants, refugees and of course the founding ‘enemy’, Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. It unites ‘us’ all, boss and worker, against the other and helps the bosses set their agenda. That agenda includes the West’s terrorism worldwide to subdue the peoples of rebellious countries and impose the market for the benefit of Western capitalism.
Muslims in Australia today are, for the capitalist class and its politicians, the perfect other, the perfect target, the manufactured representation of both home-grown and overseas terror and terrorism.
They are the decoy for neoliberalism and the West’s permanent global war.
SERCO detention guards are not armed with guns but they are not the only guards with whom children in detention have to deal. Many of the others are armed with guns, batons, sprays and other pieces of equipment.
The image is courtesy of the Asylum Seeker Research Centre.
In 1939 the US turned back the boat the St Louis with 939 Jews on board. It went back to Europe. Estimates are that at least 250 of those Jews died in the Holocaust. It is the same logic that sees Australian ‘Border Protection’ Minister Scott Morrison return asylum seekers to the war criminals and human rights abusers in charge of Sri Lanka.
What can we do to stop this foul Government sending people back to death, torture, rape or imprisonment? We can’t wait two years to get rid of Abbott and his foul government, and then only to elect the ALP, another pack of refugee bashers. Maybe the time for mass civil disobedience is approaching. A little bit of civil disobedience is a small price for us to pay to help protect the lives of those fleeing war, execution, imprisonment, rape or torture and seeking our help. Stop the butchers in our Government now.
There will be an Emergency Peak Hour Protest for asylum seekers Canberra 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm Wednesday 9 July cnr Barry Drive and Northbourne Ave.
Tamil Refugee Council: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claim that Sri Lanka is ‘a society at peace’ is not just baseless but a deliberate lie, cynically presented to the Australian public for one reason: to support his indefensible, illegal policy of sending back Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka.