You don’t deserve it (or anything?)


A prostitute, the PM, Gina Rinehart, Novak Djokovic, and a paraplegic—no, they didn’t meet in a pub and this isn’t a joke—it’s about opportunity and whether people deserve what they get in life.

Johnny thinks he deserves an ice-cream. Why? Because his mum told him that if he behaved well, he’d get one. He did behave well, so he’s entitled to it (he thinks).

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‘Bring back our girls’ and the sympathy of the West


If you live in Australia, and don’t have the underside of a rock as your home, you’ll be aware of what is going on in Nigeria. Well maybe not the country as a whole, but I’m sure you’re aware of the fact that 276 school girls were taken from their school by Boko Haram, a violent, Islamist group with al-Qaeda affiliations operating in north-eastern Nigeria. The public response from the West—at least the US and Australia—while perhaps slow to take off, has now reached unprecedented levels with campaigns, vigils, incessant media coverage, and calls for foreign governments and military to support Nigeria and help them to find and return the girls to their homes.

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Australia’s media silence encouraged abroad?

It’s certainly not a good look for Australia when the Nauruan government steps in to silence MPs for talking to the ABC. This kind of censoring of  information about the goings on in the island nation–relevant to Australia due to its housing of many asylum seekers–is worrisome considering how strong the relationship between Australia and Nauru.

In the absence of any Australian government comment about the report, we can only speculate about whether Australia has played some part in trying to encourage media silence abroad. What we do know for a fact is that the price of visas for media professionals has risen dramatically since the start of Operation Sovereign Borders.

It has gone from $200 to $8000, which regardless of the poor economy of Nauru, is not due to inflation!


Solutions, anyone? Time to move on from offshore processing


I thought I’d get in early since I expect the debate surrounding Australia’s treatment/processing/whatever other euphemism you fancy regarding the detainment of people-whose-refugee-status-is-yet-to-be-determined-but-let’s-hope-the-voters-forget-about-them-up-here-on-the-islands-of-the-Pacific-then-we-can-send-them-to-an-impoverished-third-country, will soon shift from dehumanising asylum seekers to taking responsibility—more likely avoiding it—and seeking an alternative solution.

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