UQ Students today building the Palm Sunday rally for #Refugees rights. ...



Image:  ‏@TheCaneToadTrot [16/3/16]





Which lifeguards will help rescue refugees who wash up on Indonesian beaches after they have been pushed away and/or abandoned by the Australian Navy?





@Simonlewisaus - Director of Lifesaving St Kilda SLC [10/3/16]:  Honoured to be invited to train and help NZ lifeguards change the world.





@Simonlewisaus [16/3/16]:  That's a shame.. @TurnbullMalcolm





‏@cpcatrambone [16/3/16]:  @moas_asia crew USA,Malta,Spain,Russia,Ukraine, Georgia,Myanmar,Thailand,Australia, UK,Ireland,Philippines,Austria  




Canberra Times [17/6/15]:


... The Kanak was shifting on the reef, and he was worried they would be cast adrift with no food or fuel.

Most of the 65 asylum seekers from Myanmar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka [52 are registered as refugees] were already swimming ashore, but Mr Kayuran had stayed on board with his pregnant wife V. Nadhiya, and a handful of other women and young children.

The women were crying with fear. They tried to call for help but couldn't go outside because the ship was tilting sideways.

The Navy warship HMAS Wollongong and an Australian customs trip had transferred the asylum seekers onto two small boats, which they say was woefully inadequate.

"All we had was a small chocolate and water," Mr Kayuran said.

"It was not enough. If we had been stranded on an uninhabited island we would have died."





Senator Hanson-Young once again wastes her unedited, nationally broadcast platform by giving herself a wedgie

Senate Hansard [16/3/16]:

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (14:16): My question today is to the minister representing the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General, Senator Brandis. Attorney-General, today, represented here in the chamber and, of course, around the building, are hundreds of grandmothers from around Australia. They have gathered in this place to lobby your government around the treatment of—

Senator Ian Macdonald: Why didn't they do this when Labor had 2,000 locked up?

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: I will take that interjection, Mr President, and suggest that the senator might want to behave a little better in front of the grandmothers!

Honourable senators interjecting—

The PRESIDENT: Order! On both sides! Get to your question, Senator Hanson-Young.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Attorney-General, there are nearly 100 children in Australia right now who are waiting in fear of being deported back to detention in Nauru. They wake up every day with the fear of being put on a plane. Will you resist sending them and instead let them stay in Australia?

Senator BRANDIS (Queensland—Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:18): Thank you, Senator Hanson-Young, and can I acknowledge the presence of so many Australian citizens who have come to parliament today and who have taken an interest in this important issue.

Can I say to them, through you, Mr President, in reply to Senator Hanson-Young that today there are 34 children in detention—34. During the period of the Labor government 8,000 children were held in detention at one time or another—a figure that peaked in July 2013 at 1,992 in that month. One thousand, nine hundred and ninety-two children were held in detention in July 2013 of the 8,000 who passed through the detention network during the period of the Labor government.

And you, Senator Hanson-Young, chastise this government for a policy failure. If you want to see a policy failure, I suggest, Senator Hanson-Young, that you consider the 8,000 children who were in detention during the six years of the Labor government; that you consider the more than 1,200 people—many of them children—who drowned as a result of that policy failure and compare that to the 34 children, many of them babies, who are in detention now. The story of this government is that the record number of children held in detention inherited from the previous Labor government has reduced and reduced and reduced to the point where today the case load has been almost reduced to nil.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (14:20): Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. I remind the minister of the Prime Minister's statement that 'one child in detention is one child too many'. There are hundreds of children who are currently on Nauru, held in indefinite detention. Will the Attorney-General please explain to the grandmothers here today how long the children currently on Nauru will remain there?

Senator BRANDIS (Queensland—Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:20): Senator Hanson-Young, I did try to explain to you last month when the High Court handed down its decision in which the offshore detention regime was challenged unsuccessfully that a majority of the judges of the High Court concluded as a matter of fact and as a matter of law that the detention arrangements in Nauru are not conducted by the Australian government. That is not a matter—

Senator Di Natale interjecting—

Senator BRANDIS: Senator Di Natale, you may scoff at the decision of the High Court but we on this side of the chamber respect the decisions of the High Court. It is a fact, Senator Di Natale that a majority of the justices—four of the seven—decided as a matter of fact and as a matter of law that the Australian government does not conduct the offshore arrangements in Nauru. We are responsible for 34—that is the case load within the Australian system.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (14:21): Mr President, I ask a further supplementary question. Given the Attorney-General's last response—

Senator Conroy: Are you already testing out what a government frontbench seat feels like?

Senator Di Natale: Have you got one for me?

The PRESIDENT: Order! Senator Hanson-Young, commence your question again.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Thank you. Given the Attorney-General's last response, could the Attorney-General please clarify if he believes the children on Nauru are simply not his concern, not his worry and that he just does not care?

Senator BRANDIS (Queensland—Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:22): Senator Hanson-Young I was trying to explain to you—

Senator Ian Macdonald: Why are you so racist about Nauru?

Senator BRANDIS: in as simple terms as possible that we have had this matter tested—

The PRESIDENT: Excuse me, Attorney-General. Senator Macdonald, you will need to withdraw that remark.

Senator Ian Macdonald: I withdraw.

The PRESIDENT: Thank you, Senator Macdonald.

Senator BRANDIS: Senator Hanson-Young, I was trying to explain to you that this issue that you raise was tested, argued and finally determined by the High Court last month. A majority of the judges—four of the seven—reached the conclusion, as a matter of fact and as a matter of law, that I have referred you to. In relation to what Australia is responsible for, Australia is responsible for and has been responsible for, in the life of the coalition government, dealing with the legacy caseload inherited from the Labor Party, under whose administration 8,000 children passed through the detention network in six years, a number that peaked at 1,992. There remain only 34.





The Pacific Islands Forum says it would only send an election observer team to Nauru if the island's government requested it.

This comes after two former presidents of Nauru called for observers to be sent immediately in the wake of controversial changes to voting legislation. ... [RNZI - 16/3/16]





UK government defeated in Lords over immigration detention time limit [BBC - 15/3/16]





Gordonvale man remanded in custody over deaths of wife, mother-in-law [ABC - 16/3/16]





Gold Coast man to face trial accused of murdering 27yo Southport neighbour [ABC - 16/3/16]



Weapons stash found in crashed car in Bonogin [MYGC – 16/3/16]





Arrest of OMCG member with drug and burglary offences, Moggill [QPS Media - 16/3/16]





Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last!  The Queensland government is a step closer to granting global resources giant Adani a mining lease for its $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine in the state's Galilee Basin.

State Development Minister Anthony Lynham told parliament on Wednesday that Adani had reached an agreement with all landholders and his department was awaiting confirmation that the agreement could be filed.

"Once that occurs I will be able to consider the application for the mining leases in the same way as for any other project," Dr Lynham said. [Yahoo - 16/3/16]






A Queensland man charged with animal cruelty over the greyhound live baiting scandal has had his charge dropped. ... [ABC - 16/3/16]





Half of all disability deaths in care over the past six years potentially could have been avoided, Queensland's public health advocate has found in a damning review. ... [Brisbane Times - 16/3/16]




M1 ranked second most dangerous Queensland road according to RACQ survey [MYGC - 16/3/16]




Cyclist hospitalised after being hit by car, Southport [MYGC - 16/3/16]




Police have charged a 35-year-old Noosaville man following a fatal traffic incident that occurred at Doonan last night.

It will be alleged just after 6pm, a utility and a bicycle collided on Eumundi Noosa Road.

The 42-year-old male bicycle rider was pronounced deceased at the scene. ... [QPS Media - 15/3/16]





An electrician has died while working at a unit in Yokine.

The man, believed to be aged in his 30s, was in the roof space of the Drysden Street unit when he was electrocuted late this afternoon.

Energy Safety and WorkSafe are investigating. [West Australian - 15/3/16]






US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper visits Australia [ABC - 16/3/16]




Participatory democracy




‏@simone [15/3/16]:   Pro democracy activists disrupt WA parliament over its anti-protest laws ...





Chevron Island [15/3/16]







New Zealand could become one of the first developed countries to scrap benefits and introduce a basic citizens’ income.

Leader of the opposition Andrew Little said his Labour party was considering the idea as part of proposals to combat the "possibility of higher structural unemployment". 

Citizens’ income, also known as Universal Basic Income (UBI), involves a basic, unconditional, fixed payment made to every person in the country by the state in lieu of benefits. ... [Independent - 15/3/16]




Coalition and Labor knock back Greens call to ditch income management [Media Release - 16/3/16]





What's Murdoch up to? --->  News that a key member of the Labor Party’s Friends-of-Israel [Australia Israel Labor Dialogue] group, Mary Easson, is also a lobbyist for a subsidiary of the giant Israeli arms manufacturer, Elbit, has again put the spotlight on NSW Labor’s position on Palestine, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said. ... [Media Release - 16/3/16]






... Mr Brough said people should be encouraged to leave some communities and some tiny settlements with fewer than 10 people should be shut down. ... [Yahoo - 16/3/16]





Today the Labor Party again supported the Abbott/Turnbull Liberal government's Mandatory Data Retention Scheme, despite the spiralling cost and expanding scope, the Australian Greens said.

The ALP has again joined with the Government to vote down a Greens Senate motion calling for the scheme to be abandoned.  ... [Media Release - 16/3/16]





Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior welcomes visitors in Yokohama [Japan Today - 16/3/16]








Indonesian security forces have killed two ethnic Uighur Chinese belonging to a militant network led by the country's most wanted man, police said on Wednesday. ... [Channel News Asia - 16/3/16]





A 1978 speech delivered by Pol Pot in which he proclaimed that “not one seed” of the Vietnamese population remained inside Cambodia illustrated a “successful completion of genocide” against the group, an expert witness told the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Tuesday. ... [Cambodia Daily - 16/3/16]








Australian Federal Police investigates Tabcorp's Cambodian payment [Sydney Morning Herald - 15/3/16]







The body of a 19 year old boy who went missing last week, was found on Monday in Trincomalee said the local police.

The youth, identified as Murugathas Harithas, from Varothaya town, was last seen by his father on Friday morning when he left to cut Palmyrah tree branches.

Murugathas did not return home that night, prompting his father to file a complaint with Uppuveli police.

 His body was found in the hill region by by the Varothaya Amman temple. [Tamil Guardian - 15/3/16]





US student Otto Warmbier given hard labour in North Korea [BBC - 16/3/16]





Ecuador expresses concern to UK Foreign Office over Julian Assange case [Daily Mail - 16/3/16]





Bahrain detains activist Zainab al-Khawaja and her one-year-old son [Guardian - 15/3/16]





Bahrain's interior minister announced Monday the deportation of a number of Lebanese it accused of belonging to, or supporting Hezbollah, the latest move in an escalating row between Lebanon and the Gulf. ... [Daily Star - 14/3/16]



Congo police arrest 18 pro-democracy activists: UN [Reuters – 15/3/16]





The international community must hold Israel accountable for the deaths of 10-year-old Palestinian boy, Yassin Abu Khoussa, and his six-year-old sister Issra, who were both killed by fragments from a missile fired by an Israeli aircraft which hit near their home in Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza.

Jamal Dajani, Director of Strategic Communications & Media for Prime Minister Hamdallah said that Israel continues to act above the law and murder children. ... [PNN - 15/3/16]





A Palestinian man from Qalandiya refugee camp on Tuesday succumbed to wounds he sustained two weeks earlier during a ferocious Israeli raid into the camp that left another Palestinian dead and at least 11 others wounded.

The family of 24-year-old Nahid Fawzi Imteir told Ma'an he had passed away in Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem. Imteir was shot and fatally wounded on March 1 when large numbers of Israeli forces stormed the refugee camp near Ramallah in order to extract two soldiers.

The Israeli army did not explain why the two soldiers entered the camp, although Israeli media reports suggested they entered accidentally after getting lost. ... [Maan - 15/3/16]






Israel seizes 234 hectares of land in West Bank [Al Jazeera - 15/3/16]





Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon agreed today to increased cooperation in the cyber domain to enhance their nations’ cyber defense capabilities, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. ... [US Department of Defense - 14/3/16]





@AliAbunimah [15/3/16]:   I'm so grateful to every person who stood up for free speech. Delighted that I just received my visa for Australia. See you Down Under!





Billionaire donor using British Council to combat Israel boycott [Electronic Intifada - 14/3/16]





Deadly bomb blast hits bus in Pakistan [Al Jazeera - 16/3/16]





A coroner has called on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to improve safety after the death of five British servicemen in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. ... [BBC - 15/3/16]





A girl, who tried to rescue her father from being abducted, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province on Tuesday, residents and officials said.

Hamidullah, a resident of Sangarkhel village, said “gunmen tried to abduct our villager, Ghulam Dastagir, from his house this morning.”

A daughter of Dastagir entered a physical clash with the armed men to rescue her father, but she was shot dead. ... [Pajhwok - 15/3/16]




The new Afghan Government, formed through a power-sharing agreement, must manage its difficult transition in 2016 by overcoming political, economic and security challenges, the top United Nations official in that country told the Security Council today, as the 15-nation body extended the UN mission there for another year.  ... [UN Media Release - 15/3/16]






Saudi warplanes attacked a crowded marketplace in the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah today, killing at least 41 people, all of them civilians, and wounding scores of others.

Local officials say many of the wounded are severely so, and are not expected to survive.

The attacks centered on an outdoor marketplace and a nearby restaurant, and overwhelmed two nearby hospitals with the number of casualties. ... [Antiwar.com - 15/3/16]





Somali al Shabaab fighters have seized a small port in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, the latest sign of a resurgence in activity by the Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa nation. ... [Reuters - 15/3/16]





UK denies plan to send troops to Libya [Guardian - 16/3/16]





Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s political and media adviser says it is now time for the US to pressure Turkey and Saudi Arabia to stop supporting Takfiri militants wreaking havoc in the country. 

Bouthaina Shaaban made the remarks during an interview with the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen television channel on Tuesday, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that "the main part" of the Russian forces would start to withdraw from Syria. ... [Press TV - 16/3/16]




Bombs continue raining down upon Syria and Iraq




US Department of Defense [15/3/16]:

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Fighter aircraft conducted three strikes near Hawl, destroying seven ISIL fighting positions.

Strikes in Iraq

Rocket artillery and attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 14 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

-- Near Huwayjah, a strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Hit, four strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL improvised weapons factory, destroying four ISIL fighting positions and suppressing an ISIL rocket position.

-- Near Kirkuk, two strikes destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Mosul, four strikes struck an ISIL training camp and two ISIL improvised explosive device factories and destroyed four ISIL assembly areas.

-- Near Qayyarah, a strike destroyed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two large ISIL tactical units.







Preparations have ended for a new group of Russian warplanes to leave Syria for Russia, the press service and information department of the Russian Defense Ministry reports.

It said a new group of planes of the Russian Aerospace Troops was ready for redeployment from Syrian Hmeimim airbase to Russian airfields. [TASS - 16/3/16







@pmarsupia [15/3/16]:  Imagina para los sirios q huyen de la guerra entrar en un país que no conocen y encontrate con esto.






@pmarsupia [15/3/16]:  Esos estaban en un lado de la calle y estos del otro







@pmarsupia [15/3/16]:  El ejército emboscando a los refugiados en cuanto llegaron al primer pueblo macedonio





Thousands of refugees stream into Macedonia after escaping Greece camp [Telegraph - 15/3/16]





Several Spanish journalists were arrested by police in Macedonia on Monday after following a refugee march to cross a river near the village of Idomeni, media outlets reported.

Alberto Sicilia who writes for Público and reports for La Sexta TV, Mikel Konate, Mariano Bura-tini, Javier Bauluz, the editor of Periodismo Humano and Ane Irazabal, a reporter for Basque TV ETB, were detained.

Reuters reported "around 30" journalists who had been following the migrants had been arrested in total, including a Reuters photographer.

Sunday Times EU correspondent Bojan Pancevski reported 800 migrants and 37 journalists had been arrested.

La Sexta said its team would be expelled to Greece after being fined and banned from re-entering Macedonia for one year.

They have not been charged with a crime. [The Spain Report - 14/3/16]





‏How many refugee boats did the Australian "Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ..." Navy push back and/or abandon in the last 24 hours?  ---->  @ItalianNavy [15/3/16]:   #SAR #MarinaMilitare Nave Grecale ha trasbordato i migranti soccorsi su Nave Vega che arriverà domani ad Augusta





‏@guardiacostiera [14/3/16]:   #Egeo, Motovedetta CP292 #GuardiaCostiera italiana ha da poco concluso il salvataggio di 13 #migranti, tutti uomini, su un gommone a Kos






‏@guardiacostiera [13/3/16]:   #Egeo, acque antistanti Samos: motovedetta CP322 #GuardiaCostiera soccorre gommone con 15 #migranti (tra cui 4 donne e 5 minori)






... Shadjareh [Massoud Shadjareh, the head of Islamic Human Rights Commission]: Both the military and pro-democracy movements have been against recognizing the Myanmar Muslims as equal citizens and Aung San Suu Kyi herself when she was asked regarding Myanmar Muslims she actually said that they are not part of the society and they are external people and they are not citizens and I think the problem is that there seems to be a sort of bonding between the army and the pro-democracy and the Muslims are the sacrificial land for it and unfortunately what is happening is that their plight, their right, their equal citizenship is the price that has been paid for bonding these groups together and we really don’t see any move forward as regard as the justice regarding the Myanmar Muslims and their right to become equal citizens and be protected of such.  ...  Myanmar:  Rohingya Muslims abandoned to own fate [Press TV - 15/3/16]





 "You shut up!  You just shut up!":   Queensland politician from pro-detention, pro-torture ALP calls for selective release of refugee



Plibersek: People coming to Australia by boat should not expect to be accepted into our refugee & humanitarian intake ...  


 "tweeted" by ‏@ABCNews24 [30/9/15]



Queensland Parliament Hansard [15/3/16]:



Hon. MC BAILEY (Yeerongpilly—ALP) (Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply) (10.13 pm): As I speak here tonight, a courageous young woman, a constituent in my electorate of Yeerongpilly, Ms Mojgan Shamsalilpoor, is sitting imprisoned in a detention centre in Darwin. Mojgan has done nothing wrong. In fact, she has done quite the opposite. She has shown great courage and tenacity over many years given the hand she was dealt in life, yet she is a prisoner with no prospect of release. Why is she in prison? Mojgan is a refugee who fled Iran under extraordinarily difficult circumstances. While I do not intend to detail here the specifics, I can assure the parliament that Mojgan is not an economic refugee. Mojgan fled because her basic human rights were violated and she cannot go back to Iran. No compassionate country or person should make her do that.

She arrived by boat in 2012 and applied for a bridging visa in early 2013. Her application was rejected and she was placed in community detention in 2014. Mojgan enrolled at Yeronga State High School in 2015 and, despite initial language difficulties, progressed so quickly that she graduated in less than 12 months, at the end of last year. This is despite her being removed forcibly from the school 12 weeks before the end of semester, in August 2015, to Darwin, where she continued her studies in detention, supported by the teachers of the Yeronga State High School community who visited her in detention with materials and kept teaching her. Mojgan is respected and loved by her school community, who have embraced her and supported her all the way, publicly and practically. Her fellow students, her teachers and the school community have rallied behind her, wanting her to be allowed to stay permanently in Australia as they know who she is.

She has married a permanent Australian resident, Milad Jaffari, who also arrived by boat and was allowed to stay. He will be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship in July this year. Mojgan applied to the federal government to be allowed to stay in Australia. Her application for a partnership visa has been rejected, leaving her two options: to stay here imprisoned indefinitely or to return to Iran, where her safety cannot be guaranteed. Mojgan has no choice. She cannot return to Iran. Milad cannot return to Iran either, due to his safety not being guaranteed. She now faces indefinite incarceration in Australia, a country we revere for freedom and liberty. Why? Because she stood up for herself. She fled oppression. She risked everything to escape people who did not respect her basic human rights.

As Mojgan's state member of parliament I appeal to the federal minister for immigration, Peter Dutton, to review her case and for him to establish a way to grant her permission to stay permanently in Australia. Mojgan's case is unresolved and will remain unresolved unless the minister can look at the matter in detail. I sincerely appeal to Minister Dutton to look into this case and to grant justice to Mojgan.

Mr Bleijie interjected.

Mr BAILEY: Mojgan is suffering in detention. She is a young woman who has been imprisoned for seven months and is stuck with no way of returning to freedom, with no prospect of release. I understand that the federal government has just met with the Iranian foreign minister and agreed for Iranian refugees to not have to return to Iran.

Mr Bleijie interjected.

Mr BAILEY: This is the time for the minister to review Mojgan's case and to free her and grant her permanent residency in Australia, to reunite her with her husband, to reunite her with her friends, to reunite her with her tremendous community, who will not give up—

Mr SPEAKER: Thank you, Minister.

Mr BAILEY: They will not give up, Mr Speaker, until justice is done.

Mr Bleijie interjected.

Mr BAILEY: You shut up! You just shut up!

Mr SPEAKER: Minister, I have given you a reasonable degree of latitude.

Mr BLEIJIE: Mr Speaker, I rise to a point of order. The minister just told me to shut up. I am personally offended. I ask him to withdraw those comments.

Mr SPEAKER: Minister, I ask you to withdraw, please.

Mr BAILEY: I withdraw, Mr Speaker. Shame on you!

Mr Bleijie interjected.





Only a fraud or a fool remains in a party whose policy they disagree with.  How does Mark Bailey MP reconcile purported concern for a refugee with his party's cruel and inhumane policy? 




Asylum seeker amnesty motion proposed by Greens voted down by Coalition and ALP [ABC - 4/2/16]




Labor will be supporting this legislation because it is our policy.  "Opposition" Leader, Bill Shorten speaking on the Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015  [House of Representatives Hansard - 24/6/15]




ALP helps Coalition lock in offshore detention [ABC - 24/6/15]





Why haven't The Age followed up on their 28 December 2015 "It's time to set the refugees free" editorial with journalism that directly challenges the "deterrence" myth?



... We have some asylum seekers, but that’s pretty much stopped.

We have stopped the boats with our policies, which are regarded as cruel by many people.

But I have to say again, our policy on border protection is harsh, but it has been absolutely demonstrated that it is better than any other alternative. ...



Israel and Australia: A conversation with Turnbull [Jewish Journal - 25/8/15]




 Shorten: Offshore regional processing is an important part of defeating the crime gangs. #auspol #asylumseekers


Image:   ‏@ABCNews24 [4/2/16]





 ... Claims made as to the effectiveness of deterrence strategies are largely ideological and not based on empirical research. ...



There's no evidence that asylum seeker deterrence policy works [The Conversation - 24/7/12]:


... Policies of deterrence have become the “common sense” approach when it comes to what should be done about asylum seekers – both in terms of stopping the boats and in terms of saving lives.

The problem is that both these assumptions are largely unjustifiable based on the evidence.

 Deterring irregular border crossings does not necessarily decrease border related deaths.

Evidence suggests in some contexts deterrence can simply displace deaths to another site, or changes the demographics of who dies.

In the US, research has found a relationship between deterrence policies and an increased number of border deaths.


As a criminologist, the idea that an illicit market, such as people smuggling, can be dealt with through enforcement-related strategies and broad deterrent messages has serious limitations.

Historically, the most effective approaches to reducing illicit markets have been found through regulatory measures and harm minimisation approaches, not deterrence.

There is simply not enough evidence that deterrence works to justify the expense and potential harm of its implementation.


Tanya "I'd be worse" Plibersek uses LNP Dorothy Dixer to confirm ALP's cruel, inhumane refugee policy

No opposition to treating refugees like human trash as Kids Out "advocates" head to Canberra for photo ops with ALP politicians.

House of Representatives Hansard [15/3/16]:

Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (14:51): My question is to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. Will the minister please update the House about the impact of the government's successful border protection policies have had on the number of children in immigration detention? Will the minister also explain any alternative policies?

Mr DUTTON (Dickson—Minister for Immigration and Border Protection) (14:51): I thank the member for Petrie most sincerely for the question and for the interest he has in these matters of making sure that we can get kids out of detention, because nobody wants to see anybody in detention, particularly children. I am very proud to be able to report to the House today the number of children in detention—children who came off boats to try and settle in this country—is now down to 34. That is a significant achievement. I have repeated to the House on a number of occasions that we want to get that number down to zero, and I am determined that we will get it down to zero. Not only do we want to stop the boats but we want to make sure that we can get children out of detention as quickly as possible.

It has not always been this successful in this country in terms of border protection policy. When the Labor Party was in government, a couple of people who are sitting on the opposition front bench now were prominent ministers in the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years. If Mr Shorten was elected at the next election, they would be prominent ministers in a Shorten government. I think it is important to point out a couple of the records of members opposite. The member for McMahon, the shadow Treasurer who has now come up with this disastrous negative gearing policy which is going to drive down housing prices and drive rents up, is the Chevy Chase of this parliament, let me tell you. Everything he touches turns to dirt. He is the Clark Griswold—he presides over every policy disaster. Whether it is in government or in opposition, he is a disaster. Let me read out his record. There were 25,000 people who arrived illegally by boat when he was the immigration minister. Almost 400 boats arrived on his watch, over 4,000 children were taken into detention and six detention centres had to open when he was the minister for immigration.

Since we have been in government—as I have said to this House before—we have had no successful boat arrivals since I have been the minister in this portfolio. We have had no deaths at sea. The number of children in detention, as I say, is now down to 34. Bearing in mind that he was solely responsible for the children in detention, 4,000 under his watch went into detention. Eight thousand in total went into detention.

Ms Plibersek: Why did you vote against the Malaysia Solution?

The SPEAKER: The member for Sydney!

Mr DUTTON: They presided over 17 new detention centres opening in total. We have presided over 13 closing.

Ms Plibersek: What about Malaysia? You never answer that.

The SPEAKER: The member for Sydney will cease interjecting.

Mr DUTTON: We have a very serious threat when it comes to border protection because people smugglers are still putting people on boats. People still want to come to this country illegally. The government have been absolutely resolute in our stance in relation to this area of public policy—that is, we are not going to allow people to drown at sea; we are not going to allow boats to restart. But, if Mr Shorten is elected at the next election, rest assured that people, like the man coming to the dispatch box now— (Time expired)




@AmyAlexSmith - Executive Directory, Fortify Rights [15/3/16]:   The adventure starts! Heading south to join @moas_asia mission. Follow for updates! #ProtectionAtSea #Rohingya 





Family sues private-prison operator over deaths at immigrant-only facilities [The Nation - 15/3/16]:


... Garay was 41 when he died on June 28, 2014, shackled to his bed in Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas.

The cause, according to the neurologist who examined him there, was a stroke he’d suffered two days earlier and 40 miles away, in Big Spring Correctional Center.

The facility is operated by the Geo Group and its medical subcontractor, Correct Care Solutions (CCS). ...





16 March 2016