From across the spectrum, more than 60 organisations are urging AG George Brandis to ratify – bring into law – the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture. 15 Sept 2014
Cruel Australia hanged Tommy-types 200 years ago. Now, we imprison them in foetid cells on far-off islands, so that only sweet smells permeate our cocoons. 3 Aug 2014
Our government is breaking international law. It is ‘refouling’ (sending back into probable persecution) Sri Lankan asylum claimants. Please stop, says Louis Coutts: not in my name. 7 July 2014
CLA proposed refugee solutions, and expanded the investigation’s reporting scope, when appearing before the Manus Island Riot Death Inquiry at Parliament House. 17 June 2014
A refugee forum has heard first-hand from recent observers that conditions at the Manus Island detention centre are making some of the 1200 asylum seekers mentally ill. 7 June 2014.
It’s astonishing that Australia, broke and sinking to its scuppers, can afford to create a new paramilitary force…but then, it’s an idea well past its first time.
If legal, there’s no reason to keep hidden the government’s international law advice which permits Operation Sovereign Borders (aka Operation Son-of-a-Bitch). Why then the secrecy?
Refugee claimants continue to be pushed from physical and legal pillars to posts. The latest law change looks certain to end up in the High Court for final adjudication.
Refugees may have slowed to a trickle, but accountability at Estimates has died completely as secretly-priced Orange Roughie lifeboats wave the usual rules of public communications.
Sipping wine and debating pate, it’s easy to be cheesed off over “economic migrants”…but the reality for most refugees is vastly different and filled with fear, Louis Coutts writes.