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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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The myths, secrecies and refugee policy

An activist colleagues pointed out about the odds that are facing by refugee rights movement in Australia. Note the point he made, "MPs are not going to lose their seats over asylum-seeker issues", which probably is true. To my observation, the support for refugees isn't defined along partisan line, i.e. neither Labor nor Liberal specific thing. So too on the curtailing of the rights of refugees -- a certain section of population from both sides of politics think that is a good idea.

Electorally Unimportant ?

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Pacific Solution for Justice

With regards to Australian Government's bribery payments to smugglers (boat crew), two simple questions are (1) who made the decision to pay that money and (2) who signed onto the cheque. We know that $32,000 USD doesn't come out of DIBP officials' private bank accounts. Nor it was being paid because of the DIBP officials took a pity on the Indonesian smuggling crew.

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Honesty is the best policy on payments to smugglers

The Australian Government's continued silence on the payments to smugglers (crew members) may be putting those DIBP officials (civil servants) at risk of being persecuted under the Indonesian Laws. On this case, we should look at the Sub. 8 from Univ.of QLD, projecting two possible scenarios:

(i) Australia acknowledges 'the payment had occurred' and 'asserts it to be the conduct of an organ of Australia' under international law;
(ii) Australia refuses to do so.

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