Asylum Seekers

Sinking of Mediterranean migrant boat mass murder, says UN rights chief

Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan, the UN high commissioner for human rights. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

“Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein says survivors’ accounts of incident in which 500 died point to ‘crime that must not go unpunished’ The UN’s new human rights chief has urged Egypt to join with European nations in hunting down the human traffickers who allegedly drowned up to 500 migrants in the Mediterranean by ramming their boat. He said the traffickers are likely guilty of “mass murder” and ... Read More »

Tolerance is more than putting up with things – it’s a moral virtue

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We hear a lot about tolerance these days. Tolerance is a moral virtue best placed within the moral domain – but unfortunately it is often confounded with prejudice. Much of the psychological research about tolerance generally and about the development of children’s understanding of tolerance of others who are different from them has been examined through research about prejudice – ... Read More »

What is it like to be a doctor in immigration detention centres?

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As a GP who worked on Nauru and Christmas Island, I’ve seen men with their lips sewn closed, women drinking from bottles of shampoo and children with weeping sores  Jump to comments I am often asked questions about my work as a general practitioner in the Christmas Island and Nauru immigration detention centres. Are the conditions as bad as they ... Read More »

The Price Of Australia’s War On Asylum

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Refugees aren’t the only group being damaged by Australia’s ‘war on asylum’. Our community is being degraded as well, writes Nick Riemer. So often, since the Tampa, we’ve asked, what next? What will the next asylum outrage be that the Australian government finds it necessary to justify? Last week, Hamid Kehazaei’s death from septicaemia after a foot infection became the latest answer. ... Read More »

The Decorated Kate

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An invitation to sip tea and talk trinkets with Kate Durham is not something one stumbles across everyday. But if you ever find yourself ringing the doorbell to her eclectic home, notebook in hand and excitement uncontainable, I can promise you it will be an afternoon well spent. Jewellery designer, Co-founder of the Fashion Design Council, Refugee Advocate and charming ... Read More »

My First Year As Prime Minister Of Australia By Tony


For those upset at our declining manufacturing industry, I have good news to report: as of September 2014, we are leading the world in think pieces about Tony Abbott’s first year in office. In fact, if we were to burn them all, we could power David Marr for two full years without ever having to plug him in. All of ... Read More »

Durham seeks refuge in her jewellery

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There is no minimalist art for Kate Durham, the maximalist aesthete with distinctive spectacles. While doing a post-graduate diploma of fine art at the VCA, the rebel with a cause winced at the austere preaching that blank was best. “I’m not interested in single-statement art,” she said. Walking through her magnificent Hawthorn home, the wife of Julian Burnside, QC, points ... Read More »