Tag Archives: Nauru-and-Manus

MARK BEESON. Turnbull turns toady for Trump

Let’s hope it’s worth it. Malcolm Turnbull has sacrificed whatever remaining credibility he may still have had as a small ‘l’ liberal in a desperate effort to save his tawdry deal with the American government. What looked like a brilliant … Continue reading

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PHIL GLENDENNING. We Need To End Australia’s Refugee Shame. Now

  ‘Human beings are never a means to an end. They are an end in themselves’. Emmanuel Kant’s words in the seventeenth century echo down the centuries in stark contrast to Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru … Continue reading

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ROBERT MANNE. Oh, No Jim, No Jim, No Jim, No

                                     As readers of John Menadue’s blog might be aware, I believe that Australia ought, on the one hand, to find homes in … Continue reading

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PETER YOUNG. Unlike Jim Molan, We must not look away from the harm we are causing.

  Monday’s Q&A gave a good insight into the philosophy and principles behind Australia’s Sovereign Borders Policy as described by one of its chief architects Jim Molan. Most telling was his argument that the means of maintaining tight border control … Continue reading

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FRANK BRENNAN SJ. Being clear eyed and misty eyed about human rights and asylum seekers.

  On 5 October 2016, Frank Brennan gave the Fourth Notre Dame Social Justice Lecture. He said “It is time to see if we can design a way of getting the asylum seekers off Nauru and Manus Island in such … Continue reading

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FRANK BRENNAN SJ. The hypocrisy of it all is breath-taking.

As you listen to the self-satisfied, self-congratulatory observations of our Australian representatives at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants and at the Obama summit, just ask yourself what Messrs Turnbull and Dutton have done to provide a humane solution … Continue reading

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PARIS ARISTOTLE. Rescuing people on Nauru and Manus Island.

  Statement from the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, regarding people transferred by Australia to the refugee processing centres of Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

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JOHN MENADUE. On Nauru and Manus, we need leaders who will appeal to the better angels of our nature.

I was interviewed on 17 August by Andrew West, the presenter of the Religion & Ethics Report, Radio National, ABC. One thing I emphasised was the importance of leadership. If only Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten would shake hands on … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Tony Abbott now admits that he was wrong in opposing the Malaysian Arrangement.

  If only the Greens and many refugee advocates would also admit that they got it wrong. They allowed the perfect to become the enemy of the good. My strong conviction for several years is that the Malaysian Arrangement – … Continue reading

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FRANK BRENNAN. Time to defuse Nauru and Manus Island time bombs

On the weekend, I joined Robert Manne, Tim Costello and John Menadue in calling for an end to the limbo imposed on proven refugees on Nauru and Manus Island. I think this can be done while keeping the boats stopped. … Continue reading

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ARJA KESKI-NUMMI. Our Devil’s Island

  The Guardian recently ran a story regarding its Freedom Of Information request on boat turn backs, the subsequent denial of material, and its appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to review the FOI decision. At some point during … Continue reading

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ROBERT MANNE, FRANK BRENNAN, TIM COSTELLO & JOHN MENADUE. A solution to our refugee crisis

  This article was posted in today’s The Age. There are two powerful arguments about the plight of the refugees dying a slow death in the offshore processing centres Australia has established and which it maintains on Nauru and Manus … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Refugees and Asylum seekers-‘The only unforgivable sin is despair”

We can be proud of what we have done for refugees in the past but like many others I am ashamed that we have had a succession of leaders who have appealed to our most selfish and inhuman instincts. When … Continue reading

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David Isaacs. As bad as Guantanamo

If I liken the immigration detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island to the US facility on Guantanamo Bay, even passionate advocates for those seeking asylum such as human rights lawyer Julian Burnside dismiss my concerns: “Oh we’re not as … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The collapse of the Malaysian Arrangement has led to the depravity of Manus and Nauru.

Having done its best in Opposition to wreck the Malaysian Arrangement in 2011, the Turnbull government is now seeking the help of Malaysia over detainees in Manus and Nauru. For political cynicism, this is hard to beat. In May 2011, … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan. Border control gulags have had their time

What are the chances of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten agreeing by Christmas that it’s time to close the refugee processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island? Turnbull and Shorten already agree that the boats coming from Indonesia should be stopped. … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Why are we so cruel? The problem starts at the top.

The news out of Manus and particularly Nauru shows how callous we have become. It is not that we are always as cold-hearted as this. The response to the attacks on Adam Goodes and the murder of an AFL football … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. High Court decision on Tamil asylum seekers.

Chief Justice French and Justices Crennan, Gageler and Keane decided that the Maritime Powers Act did authorise a maritime officer to detain the plaintiff for the purpose of taking him, or causing him to be taken, to a place outside … Continue reading

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Malaysia, Manus, Nauru and offshore processing.

I have not always held the view that asylum seekers who come to Australia could be transferred and processed in another country. I changed my mind on that partly because of the rapid increase in boat arrivals after the Agreement … Continue reading

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Arja Keski-Nummi. They are us … and the language of war!

Why are we using the language and methods of war against civilians fleeing war and persecution?  Asylum seekers are not our enemies. Our real enemies are our complacency and a willingness to turn a blind eye to the spin we … Continue reading

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