Update on legal situation re Manus Island Detention Centre

Ben Lomai is the lawyer representing the men on Manus at the PNG High Court. He is asking the Court to give directives to the Australian and PNG governments on the closure of the detention centre because it has been found to be illegal. His appeal for compensation also continues. Here is his message about what happened…

Make a Ripple on 2 July

Be a Voice for the Voiceless Saturday 2 July is a momentous day for all Australians. It will be a step forward or a step back for a humane and truly democratic Australia. Real democracy is where the government works for the welfare of all its citizens. Where business corporations, governments and media barons who control…

The Cry of a Voice in Isolation

One Boy’s Story  “In this small world of ours, every day, there is someone in this prison who loses a mother, a father, a sister, a brother, a daughter, a son.” “We knew, from when we took our first step on this island, that every minute would be diabolical and agonising . . . It…

The Manus asylum seeker case awaits our next government

Manus, Australia’s Responsibility OPINION By Greg Barns Posted Mon at 2:28pm PHOTO: The PNG Supreme Court case on the Manus Island detention centre is still playing out.(AAP: Eoin Blackwell, file photo) The PNG Supreme Court’s order to close the Manus Island detention centre will have serious flow-on effects for Australia, and could include millions in…

A Letter to God

When Paris was liberated at the end of World War 2 there a badly damaged statue of Jesus in the middle of the square in the centre of a large town.The figure had no arms. Someone had  hung a notice around the statue. It read ” I have no arms but yours”. Maybe we can read this…

Phone calls beyond a luxury

A Make a Ripple Week 3 Suggestion The 860 young men on Manus need help to be able to phone and talk with their families. A good system was set up some time ago and is working well at receiving donations of phone credit from Aussie supporters. But there are a lot of people there is…

Survival, a refugee teenager’s poem

Poem by an Hazara unaccompanied refugee minor who has been on Nauru about 3 years . Written November 2015. Survival I’m not, who I was before (Desire) changed my life I didn’t expect it, now I do Open minded but tired Experiences I paid more for than they worth Invited to battlefield by destiny Light enough…

Make a Ripple Week 2

Inviting you to commit to one action for a more humane refugee policy this week. Choose from these or create your own action: Prepare for Refugee Week and commit to at least one action to support refugees. In Canberra go to the Canberra Refugee Action Committee website to see what’s on offer. There’s a Refugee…

Abbas Alaboudi, Artist on Nauru

Abbas Alaboudi is a wonderful artist, and one of Australia’s political prisoners, detained for three years on Nauru. Abbas’s paintings powerfully convey the loneliness and hardship of indefinite internment on an island far from home, and far from Australia, where he dreamed he would find protection and freedom. He says of his painting ” this…