immigration

religion December 12, 2020

Christchurch massacre: an Australian crime

Husna Ahmed was a wife and mother who migrated from Bangladesh to New Zealand, where she used to teach children and help to care for the elderly at her local mosque. When the Australian terrorist began to slaughter the fellow members of her...

immigration November 14, 2020

A letter from detention: Help before my soul is gone

I am a stateless, Kurdish Feyli. I was born on March 21, 1978, in Baghdad. I was almost two years old when Saddam Hussein killed my parents. One day Ba’ath soldiers took my parents from home and they never came back. This was when my sad life and...

immigration July 11, 2020

Ben Chifley’s legacy

While taking my young son on yet another visit to Canberra’s Questacon last year, I decided to walk him past a pair of statues of John Curtin and Ben Chifley. I wanted to explain how one of the men in those statues inspired the naming of the federal...

immigration May 23, 2020

Resettled refugees in Covid-19 lockdown

In 2018, my life changed forever. From being stateless, after seven years held in refugee detention, I became a permanent resident of the United States. The outcome is beyond words. Building trust in humanity was the most difficult part of my new...

immigration February 8, 2020

Christmas Island and the rise of mandatory detention

While most political observers were focused on the leadership machinations playing out in the ranks of the Nationals and Greens on Monday, Australia’s director of human biosecurity issued the dryly named Biosecurity (Human Health Response Zone) (...

immigration December 14, 2019

Australia should lead way on refugees

Next week, the first United Nations Global Refugee Forum will take place, where member states will try to co-ordinate a response to the largest global refugee crisis since World War II. It is the first step towards a necessary international...

immigration November 30, 2019

The importance of medevac

It’s hard to believe, but here we are again. The dying days of parliament for 2019 and we’re back in Canberra fighting for medical care for refugees. This time last year we were here too, lobbying to get the last remaining kids off Nauru, for the...

immigration September 21, 2019

Protecting the white body politic

This weekend, Donald Trump will welcome Scott Morrison to the White House with a state dinner – the first Australian leader to be so honoured since George W. Bush thanked his “deputy sheriff” John Howard back in 2006. It is a meeting of two leaders...

immigration September 14, 2019

From Manus Island to Port Moresby

As the government of Papua New Guinea has vowed to remove all refugees from Manus Island, most of us who have been detained there for almost seven years are being transported to Port Moresby. It is a big change for us: disturbing and disruptive in...

immigration September 7, 2019

Biloela showing community spirit

As I write, I am struggling to comprehend that Sri Lankan couple Priya and Nadesalingam and their Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharunicaa, continue to face an uncertain future. Meanwhile, back in Biloela, a traumatised town will be...

immigration September 7, 2019

Seeking mercy for Tamil family

When Labor leader Anthony Albanese flew into the Queensland town of Biloela midweek, the temperature was 31 degrees. But the heat was still far below that generated by the government’s determination to deport a Sri Lankan Tamil family who had called...