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Wednesday 26 October 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: writing to the wire

Kaylia Payne
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‘Poetry can break open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire’ – Adrienne Rich Writing to the Wire is a collection of poems about Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. Featuring poetry from academics, writers, refugee advocates and refugees themselves, it is a powerful look at our national identity, namely,…
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Tuesday 1 December 2015
Feminism News Politics

white lies? peter dutton’s white ribbon day tweet questioned

Eden Faithfull
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When politicians make fools of themselves on social media, it’s fair to say that it’s an almost pleasurable experience to survey the ensuing wrath from the comfort of our smartphones. It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for our Aussie pollies. We are able to look back in a kind of awe at the…
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Tuesday 6 October 2015
Featured

out of sight, out of mind: human rights abuses at Nauru’s immigration detention centre

Arabella Close
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Trigger warning: rape, sexual assault and harassment Last week footage surfaced of a Somali woman being found by police four hours after being raped. The woman was a detainee at Australia’s offshore detention centre on Nauru. (TW: The video in the link is very distressing to watch). A second woman at the centre has since…
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Wednesday 20 May 2015
Feminism News Politics World

news roundup: wednesday may 20, 2015

Sarah Iuliano
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  Counting Dead Women register reaches 38 women The number of Australian women killed by violence in 2015 has now reached 38, feminist social media organisation Destroy the Joint has reported. The figure is attributed to reports of a 68-year-old woman who died of a neck wound at her home, which police are treating as suspicious….
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Saturday 16 May 2015
News Politics World

news roundup: saturday may 16, 2015

Sarah Iuliano
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  Pregnant asylum seekers have difficulty accessing medical assistance on Nauru, Senate inquiry told Pregnant asylum seekers detained on Nauru are unable to walk long distances across the island to gain medical treatment, a Senate Inquiry into the Nauru processing centre’s conditions and circumstances has been told. Non-governmental organisation, Save the Children brought forth the…
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Tuesday 24 February 2015
Featured News Politics

reflections on the Human Rights Commission report into children in immigration detention

Jennifer Worthing
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The Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC) report, entitled The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2014), was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday 11 February. The report investigates the mental, emotional, and physical ramifications of mandatory detention, particularly on children. Reading this report, I was nothing short of horrified. The HRC’s investigation provides…
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Tuesday 25 February 2014
News Politics

in brief: refugee couple choose abortion over subjecting child to detention centre conditions

Tedi Bills
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The ABC has released a report stating that a pregnant Rohingyan refugee couple decided on an abortion rather than have their child face the conditions at the Nauru detention facility. Mamun and Silima Motiur arrived on Christmas Island in early December, and were quickly transferred to Nauru. A damning report issued by the United Nations…
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Monday 24 February 2014
Featured Politics

australian asylum seeker policies ‘an appeal to fear and racism’

Bridget Conway
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Another day, another story about asylum seekers that are not receiving humane treatment in Australian offshore detention centres. If you haven’t already heard the latest – here’s a round up: On Monday, 17th February, a riot broke out on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island detention centre, which has resulted in 62 injured asylum seekers and…
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Wednesday 19 February 2014
News Politics World

in brief: asylum seekers battle with guards on manus island

Matilda Mornane
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Thirty-five asylum seekers escaped from Manus Island detention centre on Sunday, after a violent clash with security forces. Following a meeting on Sunday evening, asylum seekers attempted to shatter windows and created weapons out of their beds and fencing, before fleeing the compound. The asylum seekers had been told by immigration officials that if they…
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Sunday 12 January 2014
Feminism News Politics

stop the tampons: a movement for women’s rights in detention

Ally Van Schilt
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Information regarding female asylum seekers’ conditions in Australian detention centres has recently come to public knowledge. In some of these centres, the women are forced to approach SERCO officers to ask for tampons or pads during their menstruation cycles, only to be given one or two at a time. Living in Australia and seeing Australian…
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Thursday 21 November 2013
News

in brief: unaccompanied asylum seeking minor sent to Nauru

Sarah Iuliano
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The Abbott government has possibly sent its first unaccompanied asylum seeking minor directly to Nauru under its new offshore processing policy. The girl, believed to be between 15 and 16 years old arrived at the island’s detention centre yesterday the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre reported. The ethnicity of the girl is yet to be identified…
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Friday 30 August 2013
Culture Featured News Opinion Politics World

‘just like you and i’: an account of my first visit to a detention centre

Louise Mapleston
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Image via Takver, Flickr Amongst the rife and wrangle preceding the Federal election in less than two weeks, the topic of refugees, ‘boat people’ and even ‘plane people’ has never received so much public attention since the Tampa incident in the harrowing Howard era. Former arbitrary water-cooler conversations at the office are being transformed into…
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Friday 26 July 2013
Featured Politics

refugees to suffer for the sake of votes

Toby Newton
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  With his announcement of Labor’s new refugee policy, PM Kevin Rudd has ensured that instead of doing away with ‘old politics’, his party continues to insist on fighting the coalition on its own turf. For the last decade, at least, the ALP has allowed the Liberal-Nationals to dominate the political discourse, dictate the agenda,…
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Friday 10 May 2013
News

in brief: more women and children seeking asylum in australia

Toby Newton
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New figures suggest that the proportion of families travelling to Australia by boat to seek asylum is increasing. The news comes as the federal government seeks to alleviate pressure on the overcrowded detention system by granting bridging visas to families. According to The Australian, approximately 40% of new asylum seekers are now coming as part…
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