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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?
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)

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)



Further evidence of Manus Island horror


Refugee Rights Action Network WA (RRAN) activists writing in Red Flag have pieced together the following harrowing account of events taking place on Manus Island.


The following account has been put together from multiple sources that various Refugee Rights Action Network activists have complied after collating a multitude of communications our activists have received over the last few days directly from asylum seekers and staff based on the island. This contests many of the claims by the Australian government.

Asylum seekers have been staging peaceful protests at least twice daily for over two weeks at the centre. Protests turned violent starting on Sunday the 16 February. The asylum seekers had a meeting at two o’clock in the afternoon with Australian Immigration, PNG Government, the Salvation Army and G4S staff.

Several asylum seekers have reported that a pack of dogs were used as security during the meeting. Although it is not uncommon to use dogs as security in the Pacific, they have especially strong connotations of control and hostility for people from the Middle East.

The meeting was meant to answer questions about their visa processing, and questions raised at a previous meeting on the 5 February. Asylum seekers had demanded a substantive response to their questions.

There was significant ambiguity in answering questions and strong implications that processing hadn’t started, nor any clear answers about resettlement.

Some asylum seekers have reported they were told they would not be resettled in Papua New Guinea. Others have said they were told they may be resettled in PNG, but it would certainly not happen in the foreseeable future.

The asylum seekers revealed that they discussed the results of the meeting within their respective communities in the internment camp and decided to start a peaceful protest at around 6pm that night. As near as can be determined, all the different ethnic groups were in agreement on a protest that evening.

The PNG locals – both staff working in the centre and people living in the vicinity of the camp – started to throw stones over the fence into Mike, Foxtrot and Oscar compounds.

Some of the asylum seekers in Oscar compound escaped through a hole in the fence between Oscar and Mike compounds and went into the jungle. Eight of them were arrested and beaten by the local people before being taken to IHMS (the medical service providers). Two asylum seekers were transferred to Lorengau hospital later in the night.

The guys in Foxtrot compound broke the fences between Foxtrot and Mike compounds and moved into Mike compound.

Following this, the “PNG Special Forces” became involved and the asylum seekers from Foxtrot compound in Mike were forced back into Foxtrot and everything was calm again until 8pm.

At 8pm, the local PNG G4S and other locals attacked Oscar and Mike compounds. They entered Oscar compound and started beating asylum seekers with what has been described by the asylum seekers as “swords and bats”, which other sources have called “hunting knives”. Around 15 people were wounded at this time. They received wounds in the forms of cuts to their neck, shoulders, thighs, back and head. They were taken to IHMS for treatment of their wounds.

The locals couldn’t enter Mike compound, so they started throwing stones at asylum seekers from three sides of the fence. At least four people were hit on their head, shoulders and feet by stones. It was reported to RRAN that these locals even managed to hit and injure an Australian G4S officer with a stone thrown over the fence. The asylum seekers had no stones inside the centre to retaliate with. They were stuck inside the compound whilst being attacked.

It was reported by staff in the centre and asylum seekers that the guards had been inside the compounds over the previous week and had cleared out all the stones and all objects that could be used as projectiles.

RRAN also heard reports that staff had moved beds into a central location prior to the conflict, which is where asylum seekers were later treated.

The guys in Foxtrot compound again wanted to go to Mike compound to assist those injured in that compound, but Special Forces interfered and forced them back.

In Mike compound, the locals and PNG G4S staff weren’t allowed back into the centre or the compounds. The asylum seekers began to clean the compounds and reported that they “were even running the internet and phones”.

The asylum seekers report that staff placed “containers” or “iron boxes” at the gates “so no one can escape”.

The following day, Monday the 17th, it was again reported that there were no staff inside the centre. It appears as though all Australian staff were evacuated to a “safe” area (Australian Navy vessels). The asylum seekers were left to fend for themselves. This is a similar scenario to that reported in October when the local Police Special Forces Unit (locally known as the “mobile squad” or “death squad”) and PNG military personnel stationed on the island engaged in a pitched battle outside the perimeter fence of the internment camp with rifles, semi-automatic guns, swords, hunting knives and rocks.

The locals are reported as “breaching” the fence in Mike compound and the asylum seekers all ran into Foxtrot compound. The locals turned off the power and raided the compounds attacking all clients.

They pulled them out of bed and pulled them from under beds. They found people hiding in cupboards. The asylum seekers in Foxtrot compound were hiding under the containers and were then dragged out and beaten.

Three people were shot but are still alive. Australian workers on the island report that people had serious injuries such as broken legs, arms, stab wounds and wounds to the head from rocks. Advocates heard gunshots ringing in the background of phone calls with asylum seekers on Monday.

Asylum seekers reported that the locals used white weapons and bush knives. Unconfirmed reports stated that at this time G4S guards were holding two Iranian asylum seekers in a headlock position whilst simultaneously holding knives. At some point, the asylum seekers started “bleeding profusely” from the neck. There has been no suggestion that G4S intentionally wounded the asylum seekers, although that was certainly the result.

One supervisor tried to help the asylum seekers escape the locals by allowing them to re-enter the compound through a side gate. He was then subjected to the attack by having stones thrown at him. The people inside Oscar tried to defend him by throwing stones back at the locals, but were also surging the gate to escape together. Police then intervened.

One asylum seeker is dead from a head wound after being struck by a rock.



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Comment from philip
Time February 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm

There are more than 1 side to a story, how do we know yours is true.

Comment from philip
Time February 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm

If you look at the photos of the rioters you clearly see some of the so called refugees with covering over part of there face, this is what a criminal does so they won’t be identified.

I doubt anyone being attacked by people is going to stop and think OH I better cover my face so they don’t recognize me.

Also to me this indicates they started the whole thing, they knew what they were going to commit a crime so covered there face.

Comment from Byon
Time February 22, 2014 at 9:07 am

It is time for a serious Boycott Disinvestment and Sanctions campaign against the criminal Australian state.

Comment from John
Time February 22, 2014 at 9:08 pm

I have thought about that.

Comment from John
Time February 22, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Oh, conclusive proof that just happens to fit your narrow views eh philip? And of course completely wrong, but don’t let truth get in the way of your racist and xenophobic prejudices.

Comment from Kay
Time February 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

Same old John reaction – anyone who disagrees with him is automatically “racist and xenophobic”! This is a very lazy way to argue with an alternative view – whatever that alternative view may be.

Comment from John
Time February 23, 2014 at 10:05 am

How can one argue with or discuss alternative ideas with those whose ideas are racist and yet they deny this reality? Impossible. I don’t support these concentration camps; you do. Nothing to discuss.

Comment from Kay
Time February 23, 2014 at 11:25 am

The only “reality” in your mind is your own views. There is nothing to support your so-called “reality”. How exactly can I be racist if I support an increase in humanitarian intake – these refugees would come mainly from Africa.

Comment from John
Time February 23, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Ah, Kay of the ‘I’m not a racist but’ excuse …. Locking up mainly dark skinned people in concentration camps, demonising them, brutalising them, killing them, all for electoral advantage obviously isn’t racist. Nor are the crowds who are cheering on or joining in Australia’s version of Kristallnacht. You stick with your delusions Kay.

Comment from Kay
Time February 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

John, what a load of total bullshit! You just prefer rich asylum seekers over poor refugees! I prefer to help those in UN refugee camps who don’t have the money to pay airfares and people smugglers!

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