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Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
You can prove my 2 ex-comrades wrong by donating to my blog En Passant at BSB: 062914 Account: 1067 5257, the Commonwealth Bank in Tuggeranong, ACT. More... (12)

My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)



Archive for 'Refugees'

Letter from a refugee

This is my story……… In 2014, during the incident that happened my throat was cut by a local guard.


The best photo of a pro-asylum seeker protest

If this is how authorities treat Australian parents and their babies, imagine what happens behind closed doors to parents and kids in Australia’s gulags on Manus Island and Nauru.

Is there a Broad Spectrum cure for the disease that is Transfield?

As to your name change to Broadspectrum, asylum seekers and refugees are not some bacteria infecting the body politic. That is a label more appropriately applied to the xenophobic and racist Liberal and Labor Parties. Asylum seekers are human beings who need our compassion, not incarceration and brutalisation.

When Tony Abbott gets to heaven

After Tony Abbott’s Margaret Thatcher memorial lecture to the Europeans on how to better abuse asylum seekers, and the wonderful response he got from the thoroughly reactionary UKIP and its leader, Nigel Farage, words are beyond me. This cartoon captures it perfectly.

Male authority figure in Australia doesn’t believe rape victim – how unusual

Just another case of a male authority figure not believing a raped woman. Unusual eh?

Close down Australia’s cities to save Abyan?

The one tactic the refugee movement hasn’t tried to date, apart from activists undertaking essentially stand alone actions, is arguing for and then trying to mobilise the thousands who turn out to rallies around a specific call for civil disobedience. My suggestion is that the left begin agitating to occupy the centre of the capital cities until Abyan is bought back to Australia for medical treatment and try to build just such a movement in the next week.

Abyan: abuse upon abuse

On Friday evening the Turnbull government chartered a plane and sent Abyan* – a raped, pregnant 23 year old refugee – back to Nauru, without receiving medical care.1

Nauru: the horrific war on refugee women

With news coming through that Immigration Minister Peter Dutton today said that ‘the federal government would not be “blackmailed” into allowing pregnant asylum seekers at Nauru’s detention centre into Australia for medical treatment’, I revisited Ian Rintoul’s article on the war on refugee women on Nauru. Writing a week ago in the magazine of the revolutionary socialist organisation Solidarity, Ian says, among other things:

‘The shocking ABC 7.30 story highlighted just two rapes of Somali women. There are many more. Women freed to live in the community are now the victims of a reign of terror supported by the policies of the Australian and Nauruan governments. There were serious illusions that new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would at least modify offshore processing—but the gloss is quickly wearing off… Nauru is not even a gilded cage—it is a house of horrors. Both Manus and Nauru must be closed.’

To read the whole article click here.

Doctors refuse to send children back to detention

‘Doctors at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital refused to discharge an asylum seeker and her child because the immigration department would have sent them back to detention at the expense of their health.’

Syria, Iraq and the movement of refugees: International Socialist Tendency

This is a research paper by Christine Buchholz (Die Linke member of parliament) and Frank Renken, translated by Ben Windsor and published on 21 September.

They say in part:

‘Nonetheless, it is the forces at the bottom of society, and not the top, that a left-wing politics must orientate on.

‘Ultimately it is only a revival of the democratic mass movements in the region that can offer a way towards peace and social justice.’

To read the whole article click here.