Archive for 'Refugees'
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.
This Wednesday Jon Stanhope is speaking out against Australia’s refugee disgrace at 6:30pm in the Manning Clark Centre at the ANU. Stanhope, the former Labor Chief Minister of the ACT, recently called on Labor politicians to repudiate their party’s support for punitive refugee policies, saying: “I challenge any senior members of Shadow Cabinet such as Tanya Plibersek, Anthony Albanese and Andrew Leigh to look me in the eye and tell me that these policies reflect what the Labor Party stands for.”
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.
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.
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.
Meryl Antica talked recently to an asylum seeker about his life. This is his story.
This is powerful investigative reporting from the ABC’s Four Corners on the Manus ‘solution’. Watch this 45 minutes of sheer hell about what our Governments do to asylum seekers. Here is the link to the Four Corners report.
‘Just following orders’ sums up the bigwigs in the Department of Immigration and ‘Border Protection’ in charge of implementing the government’s racist and reactionary asylum seeker policy perfectly. Here is my challenge to them. Threaten me with punitive action.