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2019 Election-Voting for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The Choose Humane Campaign has been launched by The Refugee Council ​ Not sure which candidate to vote for, in standing up for refugees and asylum seekers? The Refugee Council has researched policies put forward by The Greens ,The Labor Party and The Coalition.... ​ Click below to read the policies , and also to find out ways you can get involved in the 'I Choose Humane Campaign'. There are resources to help with setting up a stall in your electorate, etc... ​

Kristina Keneally talks to The AFR about 'Airplane People'-A good change from hearing about 

The Australian Financial Review understands that a promise by former Labor leader Bill Shorten to adopt Home Affairs if elected, but subject it to a review, was based on concerns by such agencies as ASIO and Australian Federal Police that they were unhappy with the merger because it was affecting their operational ability. ​ The new home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally would not comment on these concerns but cited separate problems identified by the federal Auditor-General as reasons Labor would watch carefully the operation of the merged super department before deciding whether to adopt it if it wins the next election. "The auditor says the government has not yet realised the benefit

'No Friend but the Mountains'

Palm Sunday message from Behrouz Boochani ​ A refugee who has been stuck on Manus Island since 2013 , Behrouz is an Iranian-Kurdish journalist, human rights defender, poet and film producer. ​ Scroll down for information on Behrouz's newest book 'No Friend but the Mountains' The book was written on a mobile phone using WhatsApp and smuggled out of Manus Island as thousands of PDF files. The writing was translated from Persian into English by Dr Omid Tofighian.It won Australia's richest literary prize, the Victorian Prize for Literature, as well as the Victorian Premier's Prize for Nonfiction, awarded by the Wheeler Centre on 31 January 2019 ​Behrouz Boochani graduated from Tarbiat Moallem Un

'Urgent Medical Treatment Bill' is now law

Having been delayed by The Coalition on the last Rep Sitting Day before Christmas,it was finally passed by the house of Reps , and on return to The Senate was passed on Feb 13th , 2019 ​ In her first week on the job, new independent MP Dr Kerryn Phelps, threw down the gauntlet to the minority Morrison Government to get the #KidsOffNauru. Phelps received the petition which was signed by 170,000+ Australians and presented it to Scott Morrison . She stood again with crossbenchers Andrew Wilkie, Derryn Hinch, Tim Storer and The Greens and together, they called on Parliamentarians to put aside left and right, to concentrate on right and wrong. They came together to get #KidsOffNauru – and t

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