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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)



STAND UP FOR REFUGEES – THERE IS A BETTER WAY: Rally in Garema Place, Canberra, 1pm Sunday 11 October


Rally in Garema Place, Canberra, 1pm Sunday 11 October

Australia now has a shameful record in dealing with asylum seekers and refugees. We are the only developed country to lock them up behind razor wire and to “outsource” their detention to other countries such as Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Contrary to our international obligations, we are the only country to discriminate against asylum seekers based on their means of arrival. Government policy is aimed at “deterring” asylum seekers from attempting to reach Australia. But what Australian policy has left them with is merely the choice of a different dangerous journey or a return to the places they fled fearing persecution.

There IS a much better alternative. It is a safer alternative for those seeking refuge. It is a much more humane alternative and it is a vastly cheaper one. We know it is a feasible alternative because Australia used many elements of it in dealing with the Indochinese refugee upsurge in the 1970s and 1980s.

Under that system Australia would eventually resettle well over 100,000 Indochinese refugees, the vast majority being processed in other countries such as Malaysia to which they had fled. They were then flown from there to Australia. There was no universal and mandatory detention of asylum seekers in Australia whatever their method of arrival.

We demand an end to mandatory detention of refugees and asylum seekers, and the closure of Manus Island and Nauru. We urge the Australian government to allow for the rapid processing of asylum applications in transit countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia and to increase our humanitarian intake significantly.

We call for Australia to increase its financial assistance to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to dramatically improve the appalling conditions which asylum seekers in transit countries face while waiting for processing of their applications. This would still be only a tiny fraction of the huge costs of offshore detention at the moment.

While the policy initially adopted in the 1970s was by no means perfect, it did provide a practical pathway for resettlement for many asylum seekers. We call on all ACT representatives in the Federal Parliament to commit themselves to policies such as these and to a return by our country to decency and fairness in dealing with these desperate people.

Organised by the Refugee Action Committee, Canberra For more information: |

The text above will be published in a paid advertisement in the Canberra Times on 3 October. If you would like to add your name as a signatory to this please reply by 29 September to with your name as you would like it to appear, and send a minimum of $20 to Refugee Action Committee, BSB 062 903, Acc.No. 1024 8069. Please include your name in



Comment from philip s
Time August 31, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Looks like you do not know what Israel is doing.

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