If you want to end Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy, YOU MUST target everyone who holds the key
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]
Costa A [4/3/17]:
Alright, I might change my mind after seeing the George Michael tribute float, but my heart goes this Mardi Gras to the "No Pride in Detention" marches.
These are queers marching to support all the queers in Manus/Nauru detention.
We chuck homosexuals fleeing homophobia in a place where homosexuality is illegal? Not good.
Last year they shouted stuff (the horror!) at Bill Shorten for supporting detention and caused a scandal.
Here's my comic for them.
Happy Mardi Gras!! xx
ALP and Shorten use strong arm tactics in attempt to silence No Pride in Detention float at 2016 Sydney Mardi Gras [Guardian - 7/3/16]
#MardiGras against mandatory detention - close the camps #MardiGras2017 @Gixibyte [4/3/17]
@Clintonswalk [4/3/17]: Hey all the bridge march this Wednesday on the 8th 10-11am please share on your page and come every one is welcome.
@JamilaHanan [3/3/17]: Excellent interview with @pwinn5 by @globaljourn re the #Rohingya following his meeting with refugees in #Bangladesh
Joint letter to UNHRC members re: human rights violations in Rakhine state [Rohingya Blogger - 3/3/17]
@AllRohingyaNow [4/3/17]: #Myanmar #Rohingya special rapporteur @YangheeLeeSKKU calls on business+investors to put human rights at forefront ...
Woodside 2016 Annual Report: Our significant footprint in Myanmar represents an organic, high-value growth opportunity [1/3/17]
The CEO of Australian company Woodside, Mr Peter Coleman, and Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Woodside's investment in Myanmar on 12 May 2015. Australian Embassy in Myanmar
As Myanmar and Islamabad are engaged in advanced negotiations to license-build the JF-17 Thunder, there is growing opposition within Pakistan regarding this agreement.
According to an article in Pakistan Today, the opposition over the agreement that could help markedly expand Myanmar's local defence industry comes in the light of alleged military force brutality against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, according to an article in Pakistan Today. ... [Yahoo - 3/3/17]
The US greenlighted Myanmar's latest military operation against the Rohingya - they have already "turned their back" ---> International actors this week have upped the ante of investigating potential crimes against humanity in Myanmar, also known as Burma. And they, in turn, have triggered questions about what role the United States might play in pursuing justice. ... [Pacific Standard - 3/3/17]
Protestors sign letter to give to President calling for answers to fates of their disappeared loved ones #Jaffna
Image: @TamilGuardian [4/3/17]
@TamilGuardian [4/3/17]: After persisting 5 members of families of disappeared protest are allowed inside to meet President #jaffna
@TamilGuardian [4/3/17]: Heartbreaking cries from an amma still looking for her son ...
@TamilGuardian [4/3/17]: At same time as disappearances protest, protest by youth over unemployment continues for 6th day in #jaffna
Indonesia will not back down from new rules requiring Freeport-McMoran to divest a majority stake in its local unit, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said, in a dispute over rights to the world's second-biggest copper mine.
Freeport's exports of copper concentrate from its Grasberg mine have been at a standstill since mid-January, when Indonesia introduced rules that are intended to improve revenues from its resources and create jobs.
The dispute has threatened to cut government revenues and unsettle business sentiment in Southeast Asia's biggest economy at a time when President Joko Widodo's reform agenda has been buffeted by political instability and social tensions surrounding gubernatorial elections in Jakarta.
The new rules require the U.S. company to give up its 1991 contract before it can resume exports of copper concentrate.
They also require that Freeport divest a 51 percent stake in its Indonesian unit, pay more taxes, and build a second copper smelter. ... [Reuters - 3/3/17]
Activists, church groups condemn oppression against West Papua [teleSUR - 1/3/17]
@AusBorderForce [4/3/17]: Our puppies had an air-mazing time exploring @Avalon_2017 ...
In pics: Australian International Aerospace and Defence Exposition [Xinhua - 4/3/17]
"USA OUT OF EVERYWHERE": Activists unravel banners at #WhiteHelmets mini-concert in grand central station in #NY ... @vicktop55 [3/3/17]
@AlexR_DC [3/3/17]: Anti-war activists disrupt #WhiteHelmets pop-up concert at Grand Central, accusing them of war propaganda
@wikileaks [27/2/17]: New book details attempts to topple Ecuador's president @MashiRafael during Hillary Clinton's reign
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 3/3/17] and Yemen.
@narrabyee [3/3/17]: Huge rally in Yemeni capital Sanaa this afternoon to denounce 2-year of US-backed Saudi war crimes in violation of all human laws.
These people are fascists --> Calais mayor bans food handouts to migrants [France 24 - 3/3/17]:
... Outcry after Calais mayor bans food handouts to migrants - France 24 Two local groups which help migrants in the area said they would go to court to fight the decision.
"We are not going to let these people, including lots of children, starve to death. They already live outside," Gael Manzi from the group Utopia 56 said, adding that 500 meals were distributed daily. ...
Libyan authorities don't "rescue" migrants. The EU pays and trains them to CAPTURE and DETAIN migrants as they flee [Yahoo - 3/3/17]:
The Libyan navy said it rescued 115 migrants Friday headed for Europe whose overloaded rubber boat was sinking off the coast near Tripoli, and that another 25 people were missing.
"We rescued 115 illegal immigrants, six of them women, all African nationals except for a Bangladeshi," navy spokesman General Ayoub Qassem told AFP.
Qassem said the survivors told of 140 passengers on board the boat that had run into problems on Thursday night after setting off from a beach east of the capital.
"Our search for the missing was unsuccessful," he said.
The navy and coastguard had responded to a distress call from the migrants aboard the boat that was "taking on water and about to sink", Qassem said. ...
@albertohrojas [3/3/17]: El @Europarl_EN vacío durante un debate sobre los 10.000 niños #refugiados desaparecidos en Europa. VERGONZOSO
Trump continues escalating Obama's suddenly unpopular anti-refugee "deterrence" policy [Reuters - 3/3/17]:
Women and children crossing together illegally into the United States could be separated by U.S. authorities under a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security, according to three government officials.
Part of the reason for the proposal is to deter mothers from migrating to the United States with their children, said the officials, who have been briefed on the proposal.
The policy shift would allow the government to keep parents in custody while they contest deportation or wait for asylum hearings.
Children would be put into protective custody with the Department of Health and Human Services, in the "least restrictive setting" until they can be taken into the care of a U.S. relative or state-sponsored guardian.
Currently, families contesting deportation or applying for asylum are generally released from detention quickly and allowed to remain in the United States until their cases are resolved. <-- THIS IS A BLATANT LIE.
A federal appeals court ruling bars prolonged child detention. ... <--- WHICH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IGNORED.
... Respondents in O’Connor’s report said that they faced the most difficult and traumatic experiences in the initial holding areas after border patrol agents took them in.
That’s where children are separated from parents.
The report indicated that the separation of family members caused the potential for trauma and mental anguish for parents who previously experienced the real possibility of kidnapping and murder of their children in their countries of origin.
Confinement in a detention facility also brought back memories for individuals who may have been trapped or in hiding from gang members.
And some mothers reported that their children would be taken away if they didn’t comply with ICE rules and demands or if they complained about mental health issues.
O’Connor also criticized private prison operators for making the detention of Central American women into an “economic incentive.”
The government has paid roughly $2 billion annually for private prison operators like The GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America to keep immigrants in detention.
“They are not refugees or immigrants — they are commodities,” O’Connor said.
“The government has a contract to fill a certain number of beds, so they’ve been ordered to release people, but they’re filling them back up with new people… Deterrence is not working. It’s an inhumane policy. People wouldn’t come here if there wasn’t awful things happening in their sending countries.” ... How immigration detention centres retraumatise women and children fleeing violence [Think Progress - 22/10/15]
There is no opposition, and the Australian media, academy, legal, medical and rights establishment have been corrupted by the "deterrence" lie.
Until THE PEOPLE demand and end to the BIPARTISAN anti-refugee policy, the atrocities will not end.
WHERE IS JUSTICE? AFTER THREE YEARS!
Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, June/July 2016
The ongoing silence of Australia's medical profession, AMA and health unions proves they don't care whether refugees imprisoned on Manus and Nauru live or die. ---> IHMS still shut down. Only accepting emergencies. Anything happens, IHMS & Aus immigration responsible. Scary situation
IHMS have been working illegaly in illegal prison. They're responsible for people dying in past 4yrs. IHMS manager must go to court
100s refugees in #Manus need medical care, IHMS shut down. what will happen to sick ppl? who's responsible? bloody business in this island @BehrouzBoochani [4/3/17]
Australian funded "health care" provider operating without registration in PNG [The National - 24/2/17]
Australian media's censorship of Nauru dengue outbreak continues as refugees fight for their lives in our offshore gulags [Marianas Variety - 2/3/17]
4 March 2017