A certain oxygen thief is a national disgrace, . As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis elsewhere, on any current sociopolitical issue.
Media Circus: Island prisons
Disgusted. As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis elsewhere, on any current sociopolitical issue.
Media Circus: asylum seeker impasse
Everything about the way that our pundits are demonising boat-arriving asylum seekers while pumping out crocodile tears over drowned families is disingenuous,the way that most of our politicians are pandering to them is despicable, and the debate this week is framed around not even asking the right questions. Please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis elsewhere, on any current sociopolitical issue.
Lost for words: RIP asylum seekers
I simply can’t process this very well. Those poor, poor people.
Belated hooray for the High Court
About time that we had more accountability and transparency about our treatment of asylum seekers who are processed offshore; successive governments have been keeping them conveniently out of voters’ sight for far too long now, which allows all sorts of wild claims to be made about these mythical beings.
Of course, some voters prefer it that way, but I don’t think much of those voters’ worldview on good citizenship.
Femmostroppo Reader – October 23, 2010
Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed.What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.
The callous cruelty of mandatory detention of asylum seekers
On this day after a detained asylum seeker threw himself off a detention centre roof to his death rather than be deported back to persecution in Fiji, this terrible yet fantastic post from Pamela Curr at the Drum should be required reading for all Australians with a social conscience:
Elections and volunteering
what I’m particularly interested in is GetUp!’s call for volunteer activists to be part of GetTogethers aiming to coordinate local action within their electorates, focussing on 3 main issues for the 2010 Federal election
Threads of Doom and the lurch to the right
While my wonkish side is partly thrilled to see so many people critically engaged with public policy for once, for them to come to it from a place of disappointment, suspicion and resentment over a previous incomplete understanding of the system is far from ideal.
Asylum Seeker Fact Sheet and Myth Buster
Helen posted a link to a fact sheet from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in one of the LP comment threads. The fact sheet is in PDF format, making it un-indexable by search engines and inaccessible to some readers with disabilities, so I have transcribed it below.