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I am ashamed to be Australian.

I decided to become a photojournalist to help refugees tell their stories, and to show their plight.  I was stunned by the lack of compassion and the outright racism I saw in my countrymen.  I was angry as only a … Continue reading

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JOHN NIEUWENHUYSEN. Rising hostility to refugee movement.

  The inspiring poem by Emma Lazarus carved on the Statue of Liberty clearly reflects the ethos and caring spirit of a bygone era: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse … Continue reading

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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. What the major parties ignored in the election?

  The election seemed more about avoiding some key issues than a contest of values and ideas. Because so many key issues such as refugees were avoided, it is not surprising that so many voters, about one third, turned their … Continue reading

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FRANK BRENNAN. Asylum policies and the election.

The following is an extract from a speech by Frank Brennan at the Yass Catholic Parish Pot Luck Dinner on Saturday 28 May 2016. The full text of the speech is in the link below. John Menadue

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Peter Hughes, Arja Keski-Nummi and John Menadue. Part 2. Refugee Policy

A repost from 26/05/15 Part 2: Refugee Policy  2.1 Overview The current and future global environment for irregular migration is extremely challenging. Many more people are on the move globally to gain protection from persecution, security from conflict or greater … Continue reading

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Bruce Duncan. Australia’s moral crisis: shipping babies and families off to Nauru

How has it come to this, that the Australian government is poised to send back 37 babies, 54 children and their families – 267 in all – into the traumatic conditions of Nauru? Only a few years ago many Australians … Continue reading

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Peter Day. The Lucky Country

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,  We’ll toil with hearts and hands To make this Commonwealth of ours Renowned of all the lands. For those who’ve come across the seas, We’ve boundless plains to share. With courage let us all combine … Continue reading

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