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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)



It’s the Department of Immigration and ‘Border Protection’ which is offensive

According to SBS News, the Department of Immigration and ‘Border Protection’ – note the lie in its title and at its heart – has told Vanessa Powell, a refugee activist, to ‘remove an offensive remark’ on one of her facebook posts or they ‘will consider their options further.’

Vanessa didn’t make the remark but has removed the post.  Here we have a Department implementing the Government’s rotten refugee policies which are about criminalising, dehumanising, demonising and denigrating asylum seekers. They are carrying out a deeply offensive policy.

Not only that but to try to shut down critics of government policy is also deeply offensive to free speech and justice. It looks like the current free speech debate is really about free speech for rich white men.

It is also not surprising that the Department devotes its energies to hunting down Facebook critics rather than those who murdered Reza Berati on its watch and that of its Minister.

Here is what I wrote in the the most recent ‘Saturday’s socialist speak out‘ about the Department.

The human rights abuses of asylum seeker children on Nauru continue. All the Department of Immigration could say when questioned by the head of the Australian Human Rights Commission was that they were just implementing government policy (even if it did breach international human rights laws, principles and standards.)

This Nuremburg type defence of just following orders has particular resonance since Australia’s detention centres, both here and in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, are concentration camps.

‘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.

I look forward to disgruntled departmental employees posting on the first Free Speech Sunday on this blog next weekend about their bosses and the government’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers. But be warned. The last person to do this lost her job there.



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Comment from Carmen
Time April 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Perhaps ALL public servants could post their opinions the. They would ALL have to get sacked dnd the government would be inoperable… Just a thought.

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