Australia’s Everlasting Shame

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Breaking news in the ongoing drama surrounding the former Australian-run Immigration Processing Centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea – the abandonment of the asylum seekers and refugees by the Commonwealth of Australia is simply appalling and will be to Australia’s everlasting shame. #bringthemhere PNG troops storm Manus Island to ‘force out’ refugees Papua New […]

The Perversion of Patriotism

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Slowly catching up on some reading, and came across the article below from the Editors of America. It’s well worthy reading if only for its last paragraph: Patriotism is gratitude for and pride in the gifts of one’s nation, not an assertion of a nation’s indefectibility or destined greatness. That, in fact, is idolatry. The Editors: […]

Challenging the Status Quo of Privilege

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A very powerful contribution in Eureka Street from Kate Galloway asking a question that seems to be ignored the whole citizenship debacle plaguing the Australian parliament: the real intention of the exclusion of ‘foreigners’ envisaged by the framers of Australia’s Constitution was to target who? Galloway argues, cogently I believe, that the whole drama that has […]

The Pacific’s Bully?

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Not being satisfied with bullying asylum seekers and genuine refugees, the Australian government, in the person of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, likes to throw Australia’s weight around with other sovereign nations as well, i.e. Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand, when said sovereign nations simply choose to not follow Australia’s hard line […]