Scott Morrison has a lot to say about stopping boats carrying asylum seekers in general, but gives the public only bafflegab about the latest boat in particular.
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.
Refugees in indefinite detention on security grounds – secret criteria applied to secret evidence
Recommended reading: Ken Parish has a thorough, detailed post over at Club Troppo…
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:
Quote Of The Day: Julian Burnside
“at the current rate of arrivals it would take about 20 years to fill the MCG with boat people”
More language nitpicking
I’ve decided that from now on I will refer to “unauthorised immigrants” rather than be complicit in the framing of these people as “illegal”. There is a huge difference between unauthorised activities and illegal activities,
Severely injured asylum seekers and the right to privacy
As Aussies probably know, folks on a boat were rescued by the Navy up off Ashmore Reef this week, after their boat caught fire. The origin of the fire is a matter of some dispute. The Liberal (conservative) Premier of… Read More ›
It’s a start
The Howard refugee policy is going to be partially dismantled by the new Labor government. The detention centre on Nauru will be closed, and the refugees (a few from Myanmar and many from Sri Lanka) currently held there will have… Read More ›