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Royal Commission on Offshore Detention Regime, an initiative worth supporting

Green's motion on Royal Commission is well worth supporting. Friends, our favourite SHY may be off-limit on immigration issues. But the Greens has never disappointed us. Senator McKim had moved a Royal Commission onto offshore detention regime ( voted down by Labor & LNP) .

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UN Refugee Convention and Huston Report 2012 , a case of public mood-swings and government policy shift

The 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol are the pillars of the world's refugee protection today. By itself, the definition for refugee is very broad and, no mistake, just look at Assange and Snowden, any country which has a government -- even Australia and United States -- can produce refugees. However, the oppressive military states, such as Burma (before 2015) and North Korea, are more likely to produce larger number of refugees.

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Lies, Spins, Cockroach and Rodents

Many of refugee activists colleagues, especially since 2001, are definitely aware that lies and spins that coming out from known spin factories. However, few would have imagined that those lies and spins are managed and centralized through a spin-hub which run by the spin-Cockroach (here after will refer to as Roach, or the Roach).

Not an ordinary Roach

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Shedding some light on OSB

This article by John Menadue, a Labour think-tank on refugee policy, in 2014 deserves a closer look [#1] . Whilst the mass media played along LNP line that Abbott Government stopped the boats -- which they still do! -- in realty the initiatives made by Rudd was responsible for reducing boats.

There is a further clue as to who might have been that "Treasonous Traitor" [#2], or (might be just a coincident here! somebody who can, please find out and posted). The article said:

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Refugees, Trust and Faith

In these days of election campaign in full swing, we the public have to put up messages bombarded by the LNP, ALP and Greens. Such long and hard days had been made easier for me by the political satirist, Shaun Micallef's MAD AS HELL [#1]. He is joking about how LNP & ALP are basically the same when it comes to offshore processing, some dissenting MPs within ALP etc..

Labour listens

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OSB and Public Interest Immunity

Recently published Senate Interim Report on DIBP's bribery payments to smugglers [#1] enlighten a bit further on why Australian Government would want to keep secrecy on the OSB and DIBP bribery. As you are all aware, that Senate Inquiry had decided to referred all matters to considered by the next 45th Parliament. Here are some extracts on explanation made by DIBP/JATF officials regarding the need for secrecy.

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Lady Justice shines on the Pacific

Taken from a grassroots refugee campaigners' perspective, this week has certainly been an eventful one. Firstly, the PNG supreme court (Constitutional court) had delivered the verdict that PNG government's detention of Australia's asylum seekers found to be illegal. Subsequent to the court rulings, the Prime Minister of PNG requesting Australian Government to take immediate measures on the fate of an 800 or so detainees held on Manus Island.

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Causes for Refugee Movements: Political Interference

ABC news last week had brought our attention to the 28,000 un-processed asylum seekers currently languishing in the community [#3]. These asylum seekers arrived by boat since 2008-2013 under the Labor government. The politicians from both sides, as usual, throw blame upon each other -- too common an occurrence nowadays.

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The scandal at hand

Nowadays, the Liberal Government in Australia is touting itself on the "success" of its "Cambodian Resettlement Deals", which sees half-dozen asylum seekers in Nauru had opted for that alternative. The mainstream press, of course, has been floating astonishingly high cost for that resettlement deals -- 40 to 55 Millions AUD -- if the Australian public were to believe.

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