Archive for 'Asylum seekers'
STAND UP FOR REFUGEES – THERE IS A BETTER WAY: Rally in Garema Place, Canberra, 1pm Sunday 11 October
We demand an end to mandatory detention of refugees and asylum seekers, and the closure of Manus Island and Nauru. We urge the Australian government to allow for the rapid processing of asylum applications in transit countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia and to increase our humanitarian intake significantly.
First it was Mojgan, then it was Melbourne. This is the real face of Australian Border Force.
The demonstration against Australian Border Force shows the way forward to beat back this deepening authoritarianism – protest, protest, protest. Do as those in Melbourne did. Occupy the centre of town. It is a lesson the refugee movement more generally and other movements like the equal marriage campaign could learn. On the streets to beat the new authoritarianism, defend the oppressed and win or win back our rights. The next time Border Force tries it on let’s bring out thousands against them.
This article from the Saturday paper captures that reality. It says among other things: ‘One woman lies catatonic in hospital after being raped and beaten. Another was raped and immolated. This is the world awaiting refugees released from detention on Nauru.’ To read the whole article click here. Nauru rapes: ‘There is a war […]
The photographer, Daniel Etter has now written about it in The Guardian. Click on this link. After taking this picture, I cared more about the people than the image An update: they made it to Germany. Great news.
Paul D’Amato in Socialist Worker US explains how capitalists use immigration laws and anti-immigrant bigotry to weaken the working class. The old IWW slogan was “an injury to one is an injury to all.” The only way the labor movement can improve the conditions for all is by raising the conditions of the most oppressed and exploited sections, not by scapegoating them.
Plus ca change. From the UK’s Daily Mail in the 1930s. Sound familiar?
“There seems to be a pattern of cover-up and perverting the course of justice on Manus Island. It is not only the alleged attackers in the recent incident who should be brought back to Manus Island,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. “We want the ex-pats identified at the time as being involved in the killing of Reza Barati to also be brought back to Manus Island so his murder can be properly investigated. For too long the Immigration department and detention centre managements have acted with impunity regarding the abuses and violence associated with the detention regime.”
The decision by Labor’s National Conference on Saturday not to ban turning back asylum seeker boats has shocked, outraged and upset many members and supporters. And so it should. It puts Labor on the same moral dung heap as the Liberals. I want to work with all those good activists who are or were in or near or supportive of the Labor Party and who are now reviewing their membership or support. Let’s work together in fighting for a better Australia here and now and in doing that learn the lessons flowing from this latest Labor leadership betrayal, not as a one off but as a consistent pattern. I am a member of Solidarity, one of those small revolutionary socialist groups. At least check us out here. Consider coming along to our Keep left Conference in Sydney on the weekend of Saturday 22 August and Sunday 23 August. Click here for details.
I think the alternative [to joining the Greens] is to build a left wing party based in the working class and on the struggles of today, both economic and political. Our final goal should be not like Labor or the Greens to manage capitalism but to win socialism, the democratic control of society so that production is to satisfy human need, not to make a profit. That is why I am proud to be a member of small socialist group Solidarity in Australia. So let me say to those good Labor Party members fighting for a better world against the Abbott Government and their own leadership, at least consider a socialist alternative like Solidarity. Join us on the streets and in the campaigns for refugees and asylum seekers.