Topic archives: refugees

Dutton fundamentally misunderstands the ‘plight’ of white farmers in South Africa

March 15, 2018 26

White farmers in South Africa have been pretty bemused by Peter Dutton's recent comments. Here's why.

Latest changes to detention centre protocols provoke hunger strikes, heartache

January 17, 2018 7

New restrictions on visitation to Australian detention centres seem needlessly cruel. Rebekah Holt investigates the results of such measures and asks why they're deemed necessary in the first place.

Loewenstein: Manus protest is failing, so let’s talk about a boycott of Australia

November 13, 2017 12

Industries like sporting and tourism could be turned into tools for fighting indefinite incarceration.

Razer: our empathy will not save the souls on Manus

November 7, 2017 43

The horror story unfolding on Manus Island is due to a democracy deficit not an "empathy deficit".

Crikey Worm: ‘Paradise Papers’ largest leak in history

November 6, 2017

Good morning, early birds. The largest leak in history has implicated the rich and famous in a hidden network of shadowy tax accounting. Plus, the two Coalition parties fall to infighting over the task of appointing a new Senate president. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Meet the Rohingya of western Sydney, remote witnesses to a pogrom

September 22, 2017 1

Since violence against their friends and family in Myanmar erupted in late August, Lakemba's Rohingya community has convulsed as loved ones disappear.

Will a visit from Pope Francis compel Aung San Suu Kyi to act?

September 19, 2017 2

Suu Kyi needs to find a way to end her galling stasis on the Rohingya. Just maybe, Pope Francis can help her.

Government cynically seeks asylum from the judiciary when it comes to refugees

August 29, 2017 22

The government's recent announcement that the few asylum seekers on Australian soil will have their support cut off seems needlessly cruel. But it is actually part of a considered plan to avoid judicial responsibility.

Why is the government kicking asylum seekers out of their homes?

August 28, 2017 22

The government has announced it will stop providing welfare to asylum seekers living in Australia for medical treatment. But how many such people are there, how did they get here in the first place, and is the move really about preventing a court challenge?

Rundle: Manus Island is a catastrophe five years in the making

August 1, 2017 19

Whatever our failures in other initiatives, we are world-standard in the production and calibration of cruelty and fear.