The policy of separating families is a critical issue that transcends political ideology and partisanship. Here is a statement on this issue from Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., the Director of the Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Debunking the Myths
31 August 2015 – Read the Senate Report on Nauru here
ACTU Refugee Policy 2015: A Fair Go For All – Asylum Seekers and Refugees – A Rights Based Approach
Asylum Insight has published a comprehensive update of background information on asylum policy in Australia. This content is updated annually to reflect recent changes in how Australia receives asylum seekers. The background information is presented in four main sections:
- Evolution of asylum policy in Australia
- Asylum policy in Australia today
- Protection obligations under Australian law
- Seeking asylum in Australia – Policy in practice
In late winter 2001, the crew of the Norwegian tanker the Tampa pulled more than 400 refugees out of a fishing boat that was sinking off the north-west coast of Australia. The refugees demanded to be taken to Christmas Island. As the captain complied, the Australian authorities radioed. They threatened to seize his ship and throw him in prison if he entered Australian waters. The order had come from the very top.
Then I Came by Boat: Human Rights Arts Film Festival audience award winner – short film
- And this is a link to PEN June Quarterly
- There is a poem about asylum seeker children on page 11.
- New book – “Our Beautiful Voices” that brings together the voices of many asylum-seekers writing from detention camps in Australia as part of the Our Beautiful Names project that was an exhibition of work organised by Janet Galbraith in Castlemaine in March.
Our Beautiful Voices: A response – Arnold Zable
These poems are heartbreaking, driven by our pleas, as one poet puts it. They emerge from the living hell of detention, wrought from suffering and hard-won experience. They cover a vast field of emotion: longing for homeland, the pain of separation, the yearning for a loved-ones presence. They contain images of brutal pasts compounded by a brutal present. Yet, somehow, there are fleeting moments of hope and reflection, meditations on the beauty of nature, expressions of gratitude for those who have reached out beyond the wire to help them. Together they form a collective cry for compassion and humanity, written by young detainees whose lives are being broken. To write such poems is, of itself, an act of defiance, and a desperate affirmation of hope and purpose. In reading them, we are infused with wonder that such words can emerge from such dark places. They compel us to do everything we can to reach out, to connect, and to fight against this gross violation of human rights.