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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?
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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)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Scott Morrison should stop the ‘terrorism’ witch-hunt

A refugee advocate has called for the Opposition Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison to end his “terrorism” witch-hunt, and for the government to instigate the leaking of information by Australian Federal Police.

“Morrison is a victim of misinformation selectively released by the Australian Federal Police. But Scott Morrison is now guilty of peddling the same misinformation. In the process, he is victimising an innocent man; someone who has been framed by an Egyptian Mubarak-era military court,” said Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition.

“The government should announce an immediate investigation into the AFP and the immigration department to determine which officers have been responsible for leaking misinformation to the media and to Opposition politicians,” said Rintoul.

“Claims that ‘a convicted murderer’ has been held in low security immigration facilities are simply not true. This asylum seeker has never been convicted of murder or any specific terrorism charges. That much is clear from transcripts of the original trial. The only charge that is still outstanding against him is that he was a member of a jihadist organisation, and that charge is the subject of appeal.

“Amnesty and other human rights organizations condemned the conduct of the trial when it occurred in 1999. And have continued to condemn it. Since the fall of the Mubarak dictatorship, many of those wrongly convicted in the 1999 trial have been acquitted,” said Rintoul.

A 1999 statement from the international office of Amnesty International is available at this link expressing its concerns at the conduct of trial. (Other documents, including recent statement from Egyptian Military Prosecutor are available on request from the Refugee Action Coalition. Their facebook site is here.)

“Scott Morrison’s vendetta against ASIO and the Labor government is leading to a ‘trial by media’ of an Egyptian asylum seeker whose claims for protection have still not been considered by the immigration department. That is the real crime in this situation– and the Labor government should rectify that immediately. The Immigration Department hasn’t ever considered community release for this asylum seeker. Yet, his claims for protection grow stronger by the day.”

Like all posts on this site, comments (see the link under the heading) close after 7 days. I have posted this from the Refugee Action Committee because it exposes the lies about the Egyptian asylum seeker. Its defence of ASIO and go lightly approach on Labor is highly problematic in my view.



Comment from Ross
Time June 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Scott Morrison used to be a 2GB pin up boy devoted to the demonisation of most Muslims.

What most is the West don’t realise is that our real oppressors exist in our own Govt and the Corporatocracy that controls it.

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