immigration December 16, 2017

False Labor and the birth of Manus

Only voters can create accountability for the bipartisan disaster on Manus Island. But that will mean penalising politicians who are popular. For once, on Monday, Peter Dutton was telling the truth. He had started off lying, in fact lying about...

immigration November 11, 2017

Manus Island, dual citizenship and the postal result

The offer from the freshly minted New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, was genuine and in the name of not ignoring “the human face of what Australia is dealing with now”. The immediate focus was the humanitarian crisis unfolding in our name...

immigration July 8, 2017

Tony Abbott keeps up the fight

Malcolm Turnbull is in full international statesman mode, representing Australia’s interests on the world stage. He’s rubbing shoulders with heavy hitters at the G20 in Germany and he is on his way to London to see the Queen. Never has it been truer...

immigration July 22, 2017

Security and Malcolm Turnbull’s bluff

A bloke named Craig Morgan got his 15 minutes of fame this week. Barnaby Joyce identified him as the man who once knocked out his front teeth. “You remember his name?” the journalist at GQ magazine asked. “When someone removes your front teeth, you...

immigration June 17, 2017

Citizenship opportunism

The great English man of letters Samuel Johnson left the world a pithy aphorism on false patriotism. “Patriotism,” he opined, “is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” No one knows what prompted the thought but it has been applied unkindly ever since to...

religion June 10, 2017

Playing the blame game on terror attacks

The sheer magnitude of the terror atrocities in London and Manchester has spawned a dark mood in the community. Our politicians are sensing it but the reactions of some are increasingly dangerous to our survival as a liberal democratic society. At...

immigration June 3, 2017

The situation on Manus

My name is Imran Mohammad and I am a stateless Rohingya from Myanmar. I’m a refugee on Manus Island. There are many conflicting stories about our current situation. I believe that the public have the right to know clear information and I believe...

immigration April 22, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull crosses the line on 457 visas

“When the dogs are baying for blood or at your throat, there is one foolproof way to deal with them. You get a great big hunk of raw meat and you heave it as far as you can away from you.” The imagery and the wisdom is quintessential Paul Keating...

religion February 25, 2017

Yassmin Abdel-Magied and the Australian crucible

It doesn’t matter how moderate or modern or feminist or liberal or patriotic one is – if they are also proudly Muslim, they are a problem.

immigration February 4, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull caught out on donation and US deal

When asked why he wouldn’t reveal how much he had given, Turnbull’s answer was as opaque as it was shifty. On Channel Nine, Laurie Oakes accused him of ‘looking like a hypocrite’.

immigration February 4, 2017

Systematic racism, dehumanisation and Islamophobia

What we are seeing now is an almost global trend of privileged and powerful countries denying safety to those who need it.