Men begging for death?




Women being punished with deliberate sexual violence and humiliation?







The following open letter was sent to Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

It was signed by 600 refugees who are currently indefinitely imprisoned in the detention centre pursuant to Australia’s ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’. ... [Critical Legal Thinking - 8/12/15]





Pleas from #ManusProtest ...


Image: @rranwa [16/1/15]




The great achievement of this movement was to send a message of freedom to people all around the globe.



Message from #Manus via @shanebazzi:


Hello dear Australians,

Thirsty Manus has been quenched after fourteen days.

To every single person who is concerned about human rights and freedom:

What you are reading is our message from Manus.  Manus is a place that has many similarities with Guantanamo prison.  As a matter of fact, it is known as Australian Guantanamo. 

More than nine hundred people, nine hundred champions, carried out the largest hunger strike in the history in order to inform the world about the oppressed sound of their innocence.

Today, 27th of January 2015, after more than fourteen days of struggle between oppressor and oppressed, between black and white, wrong and right, rich and poor, the hunger strike is ended  while it has indicated the willpower and determination of the oppressed people who had fled from persecutors of their countries and sought asylum in Australia.

But it is unfortunate that these days Australia does not bear signs of having commitment to human rights.

Australian people, what you were told about the situation of Manus Island by the Liberal government during these fourteen days was an absolute lie.  Similar to previous movements, this movement was also a peaceful one without any type of violence from our side. 

In order to solve problems, we strongly believe in negotiating principles. 

It is unbelievable that people from every walk of life and different civil societies such as High Court of Australia remain silent in regards to this cruelty in the name of national interest.  This unequal struggle has been finished today while the United Nations does not make any comments on this incident at all. 

The great achievement of this movement was to send a message of freedom to people all around the globe. 

A message of freedom which has been only a dream and a desire for us so far, however, we are hoping to celebrate the fulfilment of our deisre in the not too distant future with the assistance of Australian people, human rights organisations, lawyers, journalists, refugee advocates, reporters, politicians, various political parties including The Greens, Nationals, Palmer United, Labor, and at last, those members of Liberal party who still care about humanity and are concerned about the future of Australia.

At the end I would like to express my gratitutde to those people, either in Asutralia or other parts of the world, who commiserate with us and who support us in different ways during this period.  In fact, your support  gives us a lot of encouragement and develops our ability to continue our efforts in this rough and difficult path.

Viva freedom





Speak for me. #refugees #Manus image by crowcries


Image: ‏@creativecatjk [20/1/15]




... This asylum seeker, a previous victim of sexual assault and harassment inside the family camp, was visited by Wilson’s officials who confirmed the new rules that allow body searches.

A few days after the search and after she had made an official complaint, the Iranian asylum seeker told the Refugee Action Coalition, “I was very embarrassed and humiliated [by the searches].”

On 18 December, this woman was asked to provide a second statement to two Wilson’s investigators who refused to give her a copy of the statement, although one of them said he would report to ‘his boss in Sydney’.

Despite the official complaints, the search regime is still in place. At the second interview the Wilson official confirmed that there are new search rules and repeated that she must spread her legs and arms to be searched, and that if the guards believe you ‘have something’ they can conduct a body search.

“These instances of reported abuse on Nauru at the hands of Wilson guards are particularly shocking given the scale of abuse that has been uncovered and confirmed by previous Australian government and Senate inquiries. That a government contractor could put new search rules in place that allow for the continued abuse of vulnerable women on Nauru is inexcusable,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“It is impossible to describe the distress of the women who are subject to the demeaning and intrusive searches. It does amount to officially sanctioned sexual abuse. ... [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 21/12/15]






Free the Children NAURU [27/11/15]:


25.11.15 Connect told to refugees in Nauru : "we have new accommodation for you" when I went there I didn't have room

I lied on the street and Nauru police arected (arrested) me and 3 strong Nauruian men with force pushed me in the police car and they kept me in the jail, still I don't have room for live.

please help me just I need a room for live.

I asked Australian connect worker (her name is (deleted) and they left me alone and Nauru police arested me and they kept me in ...the jail and they left my belongs in the street, I need your help please. still I dont have any place for live.

I am not alone,we are 4 single ladies.

This morning 27.11.15 a protest started at RPC3 one man (Name deleted) climbed to the top of a crane

He was protesting about having another interview with Australian immigration because he has had many interview and he still doesn't know about his refugee statue .

he has a message to world : ( WORLD ,KIDS IN NAURU NEED YOUR HELP )






Pudding heads discuss terrorism and people smuggling, not human rights atrocities against refugees and West Papuan genocide [Guardian - 21/12/15]




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]





... Ready for the good life ...

Amateur Best [2013]




Heavy Apple falls darken Wall Street’s not-so-festive season [ - 21/12/15]





Chinese conglomerate Forise Holdings settles $65 million purchase of former Iluka site in Surfers Paradise [Business News Australia - 21/12/15]:



... Forise plans to create a signature retail and restaurant precinct within the development, targeting high-end retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Prada, as well as Michelin-star restaurant operators.

Forise, one of China's largest diversified financial holding companies, snared the Iluka site this year from interests associated with Goldman Sachs.

The development, which at 285 metres will arguably become the Gold Coast's tallest building behind Q1, obtained council approval in September. ...




City Pacific's Phil Sullivan and Steve McCormick face $65 million legal bill [Sydney Morning Herald - 21/12/15]









Australian shopping centre giant Westfield Corp. said Monday it has offloaded five US malls for US$1.1 billion as it continues its strategy of divesting non-core assets.

The company, one of the world's largest shopping centre operators, will use the proceeds to reduce debt exposure and help fund its US$11.4 billion development programme. ... [Yahoo - 21/12/15]




James Packer resigns from Crown board [ABC - 21/12/15]








Reduce Sunday penalty rates, says Productivity Commission [Sydney Morning Herald - 21/12/15]








Government to pay disabled workers 70% of back wages as class action ends [Guardian - 18/12/15]








At least 91 people were missing after a huge mound of mud and construction waste collapsed at a business park in southern China and buried 33 buildings in the country's latest industrial disaster. ... [Reuters - 21/12/15]




He was “someone to whom Australia owes protection obligations”.




But he was tortured to death because he came by boat.



Guardian [21/12/15]:


... In March this year, one of the men who came on the same boat with Chegeni to Australia died.

Omid Ali Avaz, a 29-year-old living in Brisbane on a bridging visa, committed suicide in his home – “died of unnatural causes” according to internal department emails.

Chegeni, by now in detention in Brisbane, formally requested to go to his friend’s funeral, and his case manager recommended he be allowed to attend.

By email, senior department staff rejected his request.

Then news reached Chegeni from Iran. His, sister, too, had died.

Chegeni appeared to grow increasingly desperate in detention.

Throughout his incarceration, Chegeni’s file is littered with client request forms, with his increasingly manic handwritten pleas scrawled across the page.

“Can I see may cais mangeir pleas. Tank you”, is a typical note.

His signature is scratched into the paper below each request.



I don't give a flying fuck if it is summer holidays - the ongoing silence from the political, media and human rights establishment about Australia no longer accepting refugees, shows how unconcerned they are by our status as a regional pariah.



Guardian [11/12/15]:

Secret federal government documents cast doubt over whether Australia told Indonesia and the United Nations about a retrospective ban on taking refugees from official channels.

In November last year Australia announced it would no longer accept refugees who applied for resettlement through the UN’S refugee agency in Indonesia.

The ban applied to anyone who registered with the UNHCR from 1 July 2014.

An undated draft talking point document, released by the department of immigration under freedom of information, suggests Jakarta and the UNHCR were not consulted before the changes were made public.

“It has always been our intention to discuss these measures with the government of Indonesia and the UNHCR before any announcement was made,” the talking points say.

It was regretted information about the measures had “entered the public domain before these discussions could take place”.

But another document said the Australian embassy in Jakarta briefed Indonesian officials in September and November last year before an official ministerial announcement on 18 November.

The department insists the first document was a draft and was not used.

According to the UNHCR, there were 11,186 refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia in December 2014.

The documents show the federal government cut the refugee intake – for those who were registered with the UNHCR before the deadline – to 450 in the 2014-15 financial year.

The figure was 150 fewer than the previous two years.

The documents blamed an increase in places allocated to Syrians and Iraqis from the Middle East for the cut in refugees in Indonesia.

“This measure is designed to reduce the movement of asylum seekers to Indonesia and encourage them to seek resettlement in countries of first asylum,” they say.

Australia accepted more refugees from Indonesia than any other resettlement nation. In 2013 New Zealand resettled 78 refugees, Sweden seven and the US five. More than 186 refugees were resettled by other countries last year.



Protected and unaccountable politicians who stop asylum seekers and refugees accessing protection don't care about "safe and legal labour mobility".


They want slaves.



Today I had the great pleasure to join Foreign Minister Julie Bishop MP, Ambassador-designate Joe Hockey, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, and many others at the launch of G'Day USA 2016. ... [US Ambassador John Berry via Julie Bishop - 16/12/15]








Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is meeting with her Indonesia counterpart Retno Marsudi for a series of bilateral talks.

Ms Bishop is also being joined by Defence Minister Marise Payne and Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu for the third joint meetings of the ministries. ... [ABC - 21/12/15]




Today we will travel to Indonesia for the Inaugural Indonesia-Australia Ministerial Council on Law and Security.

Indonesia is an important international partner for Australia on counter-terrorism, cyber security and international crime cooperation. ... [Attorney-General Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter Terrorism Media Release – 20/12/15]





Nauru minister risks manslaughter charge [RNZI - 21/12/15]:

A government minister in Nauru may be charged with manslaughter following a fatal road accident.

Batuki Haulangi was travelling on a motorbike with his wife, when they were struck from behind, allegedly by a speeding utility vehicle, driven by the Health Minister Valdon Dowiyogo.

Mr Haulangi died and his wife is in hospital in intensive care.

The accident is understood to have happened close to the government offices at Yaren.

Witnesses say the ambulance broke down on the way to the scene, causing a 45-minute delay. <---- Another benefit of hosting Australia's billion dollar refugee concentration camp.

Our source says the minister was taken directly from the scene to the police station and then bailed at court the next morning.



 Hypocrisy matters.



Stop defending sellouts and start holding them to account.



Image:  Lawrence Osborn [20/12/15]




Applecross residents are vowing to continue the fight against a new McDonald's outlet in their suburb after the State Administrative Tribunal on Friday overturned a government rejection of the controversial $4.6 million development.

Amid the disappointment expressed by Applecross activists, there was also bewilderment at how the state case unfolded. ... [WA Today - 20/12/15]




... It was the Mirror's great bond with its readers that was the envy of Fleet Street. ...



Breaking the Mirror: The Murdoch Effect [1997]:  



The British public were told that the new information technology, heralded by the Sun's move to Wapping, would bring greater variety of newspapers and a more diverse media.

But it produced a contracted press controlled by ever fewer proprietors.

John Pilger describes the downfall of his old paper and the all-pervasive influence of Rupert Murdoch.




As the Australian Greens appear to be capitulating to empire and the perpetuation of duopoly fascism, Spain's Podemos says early election results show the end of two-party politics [Reuters - 20/12/15]



21 December 2015