Australia's piracy on the high seas

Australia’s piracy on the high seas

“Many of the asylum seekers facing return to Sri Lanka are likely to have valid protection claims. Historically, 90 percent of Sri Lankan boat arrivals to Australia have been found to be refugees. In 2012-13, during which time the number of boat arrivals from Sri Lanka increased significantly, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) reported a 52 percent final grant rate of protection visas for Sri Lankans arriving ...

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Craig Thomson, the ALP and sleaze

Craig Thomson, the ALP and sleaze

My apologies for not following through with my promise to make my next post about Miles Jordana, Howard’s fall-guy. I’m still waiting for a former colleague on the issue and some further and better particulars from overseas. I anticipate this in the next few days. We are finalising the petition and resolving a few technical hiccoughs and hope that the petition will be up in the next 48 hours. In ...

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Yindjibarndi update: Veneration or desecration?

Yindjibarndi update: Veneration or desecration?

“I’m really starting to understand how the Aborigines feel … this country has to stop stealing other people’s land!” (‘Daryl Kerrigan’, The Castle) I was having a chuckle a few nights ago watching a re-run of this Australian classic film. They say there are only seven original stories in the world and we all know a good story requires drama and conflict. The story of the Yindjibarndi people versus the ...

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Fortescue's True Yindjibarndi Story

Fortescue’s True Yindjibarndi Story

Attack is the best form of defence. The people of Yindjibarndi have been doing just that, with the video of the March 16 meeting proving to a be an international success, going viral and spreading word of their impending fate farther than they could have hoped. Social media has truly come to the fore for this outback population. Seeking to put their side of the story forward, Fortescue Metals Group ...

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An update: Is Native Title worth the paper it's written on?

An update: Is Native Title worth the paper it’s written on?

Following is the text of an press release from the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation regarding the relocation of the video of the March 16 meeting. PRESS RELEASE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION Roebourne, WA 13 APRIL 2011 Vimeo forced to delete “FMG’s Great Native Title Swindle” video after legal threats from FMG and CEO Andrew Forrest A video exposing the interference of Fortescue Metals Group and its CEO Andrew Forrest at an illegitimate, FMG-sponsored ...

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Australian Federal Police Complicity in the Torture and Killing of Mr. Yawan Wayeni

Australian Federal Police Complicity in the Torture and Killing of Mr. Yawan Wayeni

“In working with Indonesian agencies you can get tension between the responsibility you think you owe to your own citizens … and the conduct of some Indonesian agencies that are not up to our standard,” he said. ”We make representations we think we should and condemn human rights abuses.” Mr. Richardson, The former head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation as reported in The Age on October 19, 2010. ...

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Aripaea Salmon - his own words

Aripaea Salmon – his own words

In the previous post, ‘Thou shall not fall into the chasm of disobeying the rule of law‘, technical difficulties were encountered in incorporating the interview by Dr. Susan Merrell. This has now been rectified. Listen to what he has to say. ...

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Your vote, your voice, make it count

Your vote, your voice, make it count

Like I said last time, I’m annoyed. Pissed, to be exact. Excuse the vent, but I’m utterly disgusted in the attitudes that are so blatantly expressed by some people in the Australian community. Take this recent comment on the website Causes, posted on the page “I support Aboriginal Australia and I vote”: It would be humourous if it wasn’t so sad. If ever you needed an example of what spurs ...

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Mr Commissioner Hypocrisy doesn’t equal integrity

Mr Commissioner Hypocrisy doesn’t equal integrity

As part of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Additional estimates for 2006–2007, held in February 2007, Senator Evans put the following question on notice to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: Mick Keelty has also branded the Solomons Government as either corrupt or incompetent (see SMH -Police Mission to Solomons at Risk of Collapse 10/02/07). Does the Government have any ...

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Sieg Heil Oz

Sieg Heil Oz

Sieg Heil is a German phrase which literally means “Hail Victory.” During the Nazi era, it was a common chant at political rallies. When meeting someone, it was customary in Nazi Germany to give the Hitler salute and say the words “Heil Hitler”. “Sieg Heil” was reserved for mass meetings such as the ones at Nuremberg where “Sieg Heil” was shouted in unison by thousand, not dissimilar to the ...

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Mamdouh Habib, the AFP and Australia’s ‘Democracy’

Mamdouh Habib, the AFP and Australia’s ‘Democracy’

On 16 May 2008, the United Nations Committee against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment issued its Concluding Observations on Australia. They included 27 recommendations concerning Australia’s compliance with its obligations under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Before I go into any specifics, it is worth considering for a moment what torture aims to achieve. Generally, states and ...

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Engagement or colonisation, what should Australia’s role in the Pacific be?

Engagement or colonisation, what should Australia’s role in the Pacific be?

When I started Blak and Black, on the advice of my good friend the Rev. Pat, my purpose was to bring to the attention of as wide an audience as I could the true nature and extent of racism in Australia. What I didn’t realise at the time was how far Australia’s neo-colonial racist concepts had spread beyond our borders. Over the last few months I have been contacted by ...

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The many shades of racism

The many shades of racism

As promised, I’m handing over the commentary on blakandblack.com to some people who have helped me collect statements for my proposed application to the United Nations. Mick ‘volunteered’ to be first. He is a former union organiser and fifth generation resident of Bourke, a town in the far west of New South Wales, which has seen its fair share of racial tensions over the years. Mick is married to an ...

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Is the Deputy Sheriff totin’ a gun too big for his britches?

Is the Deputy Sheriff totin’ a gun too big for his britches?

The following statement was issued by Julian Moti QC in New Delhi, India in August 2006 in response to a media inquiry from Chris Merritt (Legal Affairs Editor of The Australian). At the time Mr Moti issued this statement neither he nor the Solomon Islands Government were aware that a warrant for his arrest had been secretly issued in breach of Queensland’s Justices Act, as Mr Moti QC was nowhere within the issuing magistrate’s ...

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Some support from the inside

Some support from the inside

Following are two comments I received today in reference to my most recent article The ALP and AFP corruption. I have included them as a separate article, because they support the statements I have been making about the extent of racism and corruption in the public service in Canberra. Blondcat is the sobriquet used by a former collegue from my public service days. Claire is also a former colleague, who has ...

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When will enough be enough?

When will enough be enough?

Class action on police ‘torture’ screams the headline from The Canberra Times on Christmas Eve. The newspaper reports that Mark Barrow, Solicitor from Ken Cush & Associates, a Canberra based law firm, has filed on behalf of eight clients in the ACT Supreme Court alleging that the Commonwealth of Australia and two former Australian Federal Police officers violated his client’s human rights and committed acts of torture against them while ...

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Public service and moral responsibility

Public service and moral responsibility

In my previous post I spoke about to the Théâtre de l’Absurde which is a term coined by Martin Esslin for the work of a number of playwrights, working in Europe in the 1950s and 1960s. The term is derived from a short story written by Albert Camus, the Myth of Sisyphus. In his Myth of Sisyphus, written in 1942, Camus defined the human situation as basically meaningless and absurd. ...

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Another tragedy another lie!

Another tragedy another lie!

The Australian Government must now be facing a huge moral dilemma following the tragedy still unfolding on Christmas Island. The dilemma is a simple one: is the Gillard Government going to give the Australian people and indeed the world the truth, or are we going to be fed more political spin and lies? Given that the opposition, probably for its own short term political point scoring, has rejected a bi-partisan committee ...

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‘The Aboriginal Mother’ a poem by Eliza Hamilton Dunlop

‘The Aboriginal Mother’ a poem by Eliza Hamilton Dunlop

Eliza Hamilton Dunlop was a European migrant of Irish extraction who tried to give Indigenous Australians a ‘voice’ during a time when we were all but silenced. ‘The Aboriginal Mother’ was written in response to the Myall Creek massacre, in which some thirty unarmed Indigenous men, women and children were shot and slashed to death by stockmen on a remote property in northern New South Wales in June 1838.The poem ...

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Death and Complicity in the Collective Age

Death and Complicity in the Collective Age

We live in a morally flawed world, one full of regrets and reapproaches. Some of the things we regret, or for which we are reapproached, we bring about intentionally and on our own. But our lives are increasingly complicated by regrettable things brought about through our associations with other people or with the social, economic, and political institutions in which we live our lives and make our livings. Try as ...

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