I was at Coles the other day looking for the shortest line at the checkout. A nearby granny with a walking frame was clearly doing the same. The red cardboard triangle that said ‘go away’ was taken off the conveyor of a nearby checkout as it opened for business. We looked at each other, the granny and I, and ran—more like waddle-rolled on her part—for the empty checkout.
Thanks to my superior athletic ability, I made it first, of course. I did the gentlemanly thing and congratulated her for trying hard and coming second. I also consoled her in her defeat by explaining that I truly deserved to go first because I was faster than she could ever dream of being. Letting her go first was non-sensical, I owned that spot and wasn’t sharing, I deserved it. She mumbled an incoherent reply which I’m sure was praising my fleetness of foot and enlightened reasoning.
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!
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.