Tag: refugees

  • Government recruits dolphins to stop the sharks

    Government recruits dolphins to stop the sharks

    Matthew Baker [twitname]matthewjbaker07[/twitname] Following proclamations that the boats have been successfully stopped, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison are heading to Perth this week to solve Australia’s other national maritime crisis – shark attacks. An unnamed government source has told Tharunka that the two will meet with Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett,…

  • Something Happened: Why People Smugglers Are (Economic) Heroes

    Something Happened: Why People Smugglers Are (Economic) Heroes

    It’s always been an economic argument. Watching news columnists crow about the 180 degree turn the ALP has taken over offshore processing you’d think the Report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers was some kind of odious domesday book-esque document cataloguing the horrors of the human soul. Most of the findings are pretty bleak,…

  • Opinion: Seeking Shelter from the Refugee Storm

    The High Court of Australia has ruled Julia Gillard’s proposed ‘Malaysia swap deal’ unconstitutional and boat people continue to be smuggled into Australian waters. A local Auburn resident who has been caught up in the political refugee storm is left wondering, why all the fuss? Maya* sought refuge with her family eight years ago in…

  • Opinion: The Crime of Mandatory Detention and the Struggle for Refugee Rights

    The UNSW Anti-Racism Club welcomes the High Court’s decision to overturn the government’s racist Malaysian deal at the end of August. The 330 refugees awaiting deportation on Christmas Island had a brief moment of relief when the High Court passed down its decision. This decision is a tribute to the lawyers who took up the…

  • The Future of Asylum Seekers

    Henar Perales did not visit Villawood IDC in the capacity of Tharunka journalist. This article was written subsequent to her visit. For the past year Atash has been wishing he had stayed in Afghanistan, even if it meant getting killed by the Taliban like his father. There are two refugee aid workers at a table…