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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)



Brutality thy name is the Australian government

Omid died because the Australian government locked him in a hellhole for seeking asylum. He died because the hospital facilities on Nauru are inadequate. He died because the Australian government took 24 hours to medivac him to Brisbane. Omid’s wife says he would be alive today if not for the delay. Now she is being held incommunicado in a Brisbane hotel by Border Force with no access to a lawyer.

All of this could have been avoided by the Australian government processing asylum seekers onshore. It could have been avoided by bringing the 100,000 asylum seekers in camps in Indonesia and Malaysia here for quick processing while in the community.

Who’s next indeed. ABC News is reporting that a second asylum seeker has set herself alight on Nauru. It appears she was snatched from Brisbane in the middle of the night by Border Force five days ago and sent back to Nauru. Will she too die because of the government’s actions in sending her back and now taking too long to bring her here from treatment?

The list of those dying in the gulags on Manus Island and Nauru is growing. From Reza to Omid, this is not some aberration. Neither is the mistreatment of rape victims, as a Guardian report shows. Rape victim S99 has been flown from Nauru to PNG for an abortion, despite the fact abortion is illegal in PNG.  This is being done to avoid bringing her back to Australia.

Death, murder, rape, depression, self harm, suicide, mental illness, these are the predictable consequences of the deliberately brutal strategies of this Government in its offshore gulags of Manus Island and Nauru.

The more who die or suicide the more successful, nudge nudge wink wink, the Government’s policy of brutality is. The tougher the better politically they, and Labor, believe.

This brutality is not an aberration. It is the consequence of the gulags. Close Manus and Nauru. Bring them here.

The industrial action by Lady Cilento Hospital nurses and doctors in refusing to allow baby Asha to be released into danger, and the community support this engendered, gives a glimpse of the class action that has the potential to smash the systemic brutality of the Liberals and Labor in government against asylum seekers and refugees.

If this were coupled with mass civil disobedience, for example shutting down the centre of Sydney and Melbourne, we could begin to build a fighting militant campaign to defend asylum seekers and refugees.



Comment from AlanR
Time May 3, 2016 at 5:24 pm

We may not have had a civil war on this land a.k.a. the American Civil War or seen wars such as Europe has, but by almighty whoever, my country certainly has gallons and buckets and litres of blood on its hands over only 2 issues – our treatment of indigenous people’s and now a small group of traumatised people fleeing for their lives begging for help. Stand proud Australia and be careful not to notice the blood or slip on it.

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