dreamer_easy: (*gender)
Domestic Violence: Aboriginal women ask Australians to pay attention to assaults and murders (ABC, 11 July 2017)

A third of assault patients in Australia female: study (SMH, 19 April 2017). "More than half of all women and girls who end up in hospital being treated after an assault have been attacked by their partners."

Bid for paid domestic violence leave rejected (SMH, 3 July 2017) "A full bench of the Fair Work Commission said it has taken the "preliminary view" that while it is necessary to make provisions for family and domestic violence leave, it had rejected an application for 10 days of leave to be covered under all modern awards for all employees."

'Once a girl is married, there is no going back' (ABC, 29 July 2017). "It's a type of domestic violence you probably haven't heard of: dowry abuse. Some Indian-Australian men are using their desirable status as residents to extort thousands of dollars from the women they're marrying, with threats and violence if their escalating demands aren't met."

'Submit to your husbands': Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God (ABC, 18 July 2017) | How to navigate the research on domestic violence and Christian churches: A few frequently asked questions (ABC, 24 July 2017)

Exposing the darkness within: Domestic violence and Islam (ABC, 24 April 2017) | Muslim women unite to encourage daughters to have healthy relationships (ABC, 26 April 2017) NB: "There's no evidence that suggests domestic violence rates are higher among Muslim women than the broader Australian community."

Domestic Violence: Family Law Act plan could see end to alleged perpetrators cross-examining accusers (ABC, 17 July 2017)

Abortion laws making it harder for women to escape domestic violence, expert warns (ABC, 21 June 2017)

Domestic violence: Report finds 'clear link' between media reporting and understanding of issue
(ABC, 30 June 2017). "Our Watch CEO Mary Barry said the way journalists frame individual stories can have a major impact on public understanding. 'Blaming victims for the violence inflicted upon them, for instance, still happens in one in six articles about violence against women,' she said."

BOSCAR data showing rise of domestic violence by women 'not giving the full picture' (ABC, 22 June 2017)

Domestic violence survivors should get early access to super, HESTA says
(ABC, 20 June 2017)

Universities spend millions preparing for wave of sexual assault reports (SMH, 22 July 2017). "Australian universities will spend millions of dollars on counselling services as 'a wave of victims' are expected to come forward following the release of the world's largest report into sexual assault on campus." The AHRC survey of tertiary students will be released on 1 August.

Texas slashed funding for Planned Parenthood and ended up with more teen abortions (ThinkProgress, 17 July 2017)

Rural women 'bullied' into caesareans amid doctor shortage (ABC, 16 July 2017)

Introducing use-it-or-lose-it leave for fathers would make life fairer for mothers (ABC, 20 July 2017). "Under [Australia's paid parental leave system], the primary carer is eligible for up to 18 weeks' pay at minimum wage, nine times more than Dad and Partner Pay, which is two weeks at minimum wage."

CWA members hope washable sanitary pads will give isolated women freedom to learn (ABC, 13 July 2017)

Islamophobia: Women wearing head coverings most at risk of attacks, study finds (ABC, 10 July 2017)

Explainer: Why do Muslim women wear a burka, niqab or hijab? (ABC, 23 September 2014). Explains the difference between different kinds of coverings.

How can Muslim feminists reclaim their religion from men? (ABC, 1 May 2017)

Catcalling and street harassment is happening more often than you might think (ABC, 22 June 2017)

The woman who was charged with murdering her wife (ABC, 5 September 2012). The historical story of transman Harry Crawford.

This is topical, given the Tweeter-in-Chief's latest announcement: Witch-hunts and surveillance: The hidden lives of LGBTI people in the Australian military (ABC, 24 May 2017)

Intersex and proud: model Hanne Gaby Odiele on finally celebrating her body (GA, 23 April 2017)

A Queer Gods Ritual: An Introduction to the Queer Ones. I was pleased to find this again, so I'm leaving it here.

Good grief, there's so much more. It'll have to wait for another posting.

dreamer_easy: (refugees)
But before we land on that unlucky island, I wanted to pass on Dreamwidth's request for donations to All Out to help gay men escape Chechnya.

And also to share some good news: Iranian-born asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor granted bridging visa (GA, 17 March 2017)

On with the motley.

Drunk soldiers blamed for Manus rampage (SMH, 16 April 2017). "Provincial police commander David Yapu has slammed the 'unethical and unacceptable behaviour of the drunken soldiers' who went on a violent rampage at the Manus Island detention centre on Good Friday. Inspector Yapu said the soldiers assaulted refugees, his policemen, PNG immigration officers and service providers and caused extensive damage to property and vehicles."

Refugee court challenge to be streamed live on Manus Island (SMH, 9 April 2017). Refugees are suing the Australian government for false imprisonment. The case begins in May and is expected to run for 6-7 months, "the largest and most forensic public examination of events and conditions at the Manus Island detention centre".

Harrowing allegations at Senate refugee inquiry (SBS, 14 March 2017)

Manus refugee Faysal Ishak Ahmed, who collapsed and died, sought medical help 13 times in two months (GA, 10 February 2017)

Port Macquarie journalist Nikala Sim says she wasn't arrested or detained on Manus Island (Port Macquarie News, 18 April 2017)

Manus Island centre to close by year's end (Sky News, 8 April 2017). According to Papua New Guinea, it's already closed. Or it isn't. Australia says it's still open, and so, confusingly, does PNG, who plan to close it by October. Hell is bureaucracy.

Manus Island refugees' fate uncertain if not settled in PNG, US (ABC, 8 April 2017) Neither government has a plan. PNG has had little success in resettling refugees, but one journo argues we'll consider it their problem anyway: "I can tell you what the Australian Government is going to do about the refugees on Manus Island who won't be resettled in the United States. Nothing". Unsuccessful asylum seekers are already being refouled. (The Prime Minister did not discuss the forcible return of Hazara asylum seekers when he met President Ashraf Ghani earlier this month.)

I haven't posted much about the refugee swap deal with the US because, tbh, I don't know what to believe. Neither do the refugees. Amnesty has called the resulting psychological damage frightening.

Asylum seeker deported from Manus fears for his life in Lebanon (The Age, 22 March 2017) | Nepalese asylum seeker 'in hiding' after shock deportation from Manus Island (ABC, 3 March 2017) | The UN is concerned that some of the decisions about whether the refugees are legitimate may have been made in error.

Manus Island refugee arrested for alleged sexual assault of 10-year-old girl (GA, 7 March 2017). The MP for Manus, Ronnie Knight, threatens both a lawsuit against the Australian government (fair enough) and the massacre of the refugees by locals (wait, what?). ETA: Manus Island asylum seeker charged with rape (GA, 24 January 2017)

Satire, free speech and Mehdi Savari (The Saturday Paper, 31 March 2017) "Censorship and persecution of comedians is one indicator of a repressive regime. So why is Australia detaining a comedian on Manus Island?"

Immigration department suppressed detention contractor's name due to boycotts (GA, 29 March 2017)

Port Moresby hospital staff failed to attend to dying Hamid Kehazaei, inquest told
(GA, 13 February 2017)
dreamer_easy: (*feminism)
Reproductive Freedom

I made it to the pro-choice rally yesterday, late as usual, but in time to join the march to Parliament House. (In fact, I'm briefly visible in the video from it here. :) The speakers really put into context for me the need for women, for any person with a uterus, to be able to control this most basic aspect of our lives: sexual assault, domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, homophobia and transphobia, the denial of sex education, the constant attacks on services - to Women's Legal Service Victoria. Illegal and/or inaccessible terminations, and harassment at clinics and hospitals, are just part of the continual assault on our well-being. Or to put it another way: Never mind America, access to abortion is a 'nightmare' for many Australians.

The Greens are introducing a Bill to remove abortion from the criminal law in NSW, where it's still technically illegal, which means that women's reproductive freedom is always in danger, perhaps more so now than ever. Read about the Bill and email your representative at http://www.end12.org.au/.

Abortion is also illegal in Queensland. QLD Coalition MPs oppose reform, so a proposed Bill decriminalising abortion was withdrawn earlier this year, but has been sent to the Law Reform Commission in the meantime.

The Northern Territory has just decriminalised abortion and legalised RU486, as well as providing safe access zones around clinics and hospitals. RU486 still can't be legally used by women in South Australia and the ACT (as you may imagine, this isn't stopping its use).

Medical abortion access restricted by cost, distance and knowledge (SMH, 23 January 2017). "The study recommends policy attention is put toward preventing unwanted pregnancies and advocates for increasing medicare rebates to lessen financial burden, particularly for women beyond their first trimester."

Women going without food to pay for abortions: study (SMH, 23 January 2017). About a third of the women surveyed experienced financial difficulties.


Sexual and Domestic Violence

Fact file: Domestic violence in Australia (ABC FactCheck, 15 April 2017) | Australian police handle 5,000 domestic violence matters a week, up 7 per cent (ABC, 22 April 2016) - that's over a quarter of a million every year. | National Legal Aid calls for more funding after new figures reveal domestic violence a factor in 79pc of family law cases (ABC, 18 April 2017)

More than third of sexual assaults, homicides linked to domestic violence, ABS data shows (ABC, 13 July 2016) | Half the men who kill partners have history of domestic violence (SMH 29 April 2017)

Aboriginal mothers 17 times more likely to die from homicide, WA study finds (ABC, 13 July 2016). Indigenous mothers in WA are 6.5 times more likely to die from all preventable causes, including car crashes and suicide.

Hidden victims: Women on visas feeling trapped after domestic violence abuse (ABC, 5 April 2017)

Family violence a bigger health risk for women than smoking, drinking, obesity: study (ABC, 1 November 2016). "The burden of disease is a calculation of the impact of particular diseases and risk factors on an entire population. It is a measure of both fatal and non-fatal health impacts, which take into account the severity and duration of health conditions. The study found partner violence was among the top ten risk factors contributing to disease burden among all adult women... Among women 18 to 44 years, it was the biggest single risk factor when violence in all intimate relationships was included, bigger than smoking, alcohol use or being overweight or obese. When considering only violence by live-in partners, in this age group, partner violence ranked second only to alcohol use."

Sexual assault on Australian campus is a serious problem. Compounding it: University sexual assault policies are often 'inconsistent' and 'confusing' (ABC, 2 March 2017). In fact, the group End Rape on Campus Australia accuses unis of active cover-ups of rape. An opinion piece asks: Sexual assault: What is your university doing to prevent it? (ABC, 25 February 2017)

In NSW, accused domestic violence perpetrators are allowed to cross-examine their alleged victims, a deeply traumatising experience.

'Life-saving' Victorian domestic violence pet shelter program struggling to meet high demand (ABC, 28 February 2017) Safe Steps has a list of temporary pet care for Australians fleeing domestic violence.

Explainer: What happens when someone applies for a domestic violence protection order (SMH, 1 February 2017)

Female domestic violence victims being punished for acting in self defence, say advocates (ABC, 6 July 2016)

How 'Disney dads' are making life hell for their partners (SMH, 23 October 2017): how financial abuse can worsen after separation.

Direct link between sexual objectification of girls and aggression towards them (Medical Xpress, 24 January 2017)

Men who kill female partners, as opposed to strangers, get lighter sentences, Canadian study finds (CBC News, 22 November 2015) "'This may mean that women killed by male partners are still seen as property,' researcher says".

ETA: Technology-facilitated abuse: The new breed of domestic violence (ABC, 27 March 2017)

Gender

Women using IVF to choose the sex of their children break silence on 'gender disappointment' (Lateline, 27 February 2017).

Compare and contrast: 'We don't know if your baby's a boy or a girl': growing up intersex (GA, 2 July 2017). "'My entire pregnancy, I'd worried that I wasn't going to be able to love my baby because it wasn't a he and it wasn't a she,” she recalls. But when Jack was born, he was blue and floppy. 'Although it was awful at the time, it was the best thing that could have happened: I would have done anything to have made sure he was breathing again.' Her eyes fill with tears. 'Quite quickly, he was crying. The relief was unbelievable. He was a baby and he needed feeding. Making sure that he was cared for was my priority, not poking around in his nappy.'

Report on new estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population of England (Medixal Xpress, 3 February 2017): somewhere between 2.5% and about 6%.

Sexual Orientation, Controversy, and Science (Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 25 April 2016). "The most contentious scientific issues have concerned the causes of sexual orientation—that is, why are some people heterosexual, others bisexual, and others homosexual? The actual relevance of these issues to social, political, and ethical decisions is often poorly justified, however."

Photos: Two-spirit people throughout history (NPR, 25 October 2014)

ETA: How AP tallied the cost of North Carolina's "bathroom bill" (Washington Post, 27 March 2017). The state's pointless bathroom fascism will cost it "more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years".

More stuff:

From the recent debate over "Obamacare": Male GOP lawmaker asks why men should pay for prenatal coverage. The same reason women pay for cover for prostate surgery. Follow the link for the simple explanation.

Also from Up Over: 4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump. A blogger's analysis of 4chan, gender, and Trump, "the loser who has won".

Unconscious bias is keeping women out of senior roles — can we get around it? (ABC, 8 March 2017). The vicious cycle of affinity bias and how it helps maintain the glass ceiling.

Unpaid work contributes $345 billion a year to Australia's economy. Women perform about three-quarters of that work, including child care and domestic work. Paid work in Australia is still about as gender-segregated as it was twenty years ago.

Sex differences in cognition are small (Mind Hacks, 14 February 2017). Or, to put it another way, there are no male and female brain types.

Remembering Nüshu, the 19th-Century Chinese Script Only Women Could Write (Atlas Obscura, 16 February 2017)
dreamer_easy: (*feminism)
Petition against the privatisation of 1800RESPECT, the national domestic violence / sexual assault hotline. They're meeting with the Minister tomorrow.

http://www.noprofitfromrape.org/
dreamer_easy: (*gender)
1800RESPECT is national sexual assault / domestic violence service offering phone and online counselling. Lots of info at their Web site.

Support services for at-risk queer Aussie youth (Star Observer, 25 November 2016)


The planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) in the US will leave 55 million women unable to afford contraception, prompting a rush for IUDs and other long-lasting methods. Texas's stripping of funding from its reproductive health clinics, including Planned Parenthood (who are set to lose federal funding), means it now has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world. With the UK also facing a crisis in abortion care, Australian women should be wary of copycat attacks on our reproductive freedom; the current government has already started chipping away at Medicare, and abortion and RU486 are technically illegal in more than one state and territory - something we must change.

Human Rights Watch says Papua New Guinea has failed to protect women and children (GA, 13 January 2017) | more on women and children in PNG from MSF

Sexual fluidity: Living a label-free life (ABC, 4 October 2016) | Australia's secret history of sexual fluidity (ABC, 3 Octobr 2016) Pretty sure these stories were in response to the Australian's vicious war on the Safe Schools program and gender-variant kids, providing some much-needed information in the face of ignorance. (More on Safe Schools: "Heteronormativity, cisgender, gender binary, queer theory and gender fluidity are now mainstream ideas, or at least mainstream enough to cause a sustained backlash.") | No differences noted over time for children of gay, lesbian adoptive parents (Medical XPress, 24 October 2016) | Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children (Human Rights Campaign / American Academy of Pediatrics / American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians guide, 29 September 2016)

Push to support homeless LGBTI youth after influx at crisis accommodation centres (ABC, 31 March 2016) | Queer, young and homeless (Background Briefing, 3 April 2016) | Explainer: what treatment do young children receive for gender dysphoria and is it irreversible?
(The Conversation, 2 September 2016) | Transgender teenagers 'risking lives' buying hormones on black market because they can't access the Family Court (Australian Story, 15 August 2016)

Sexual assault among young people is on the rise. But why? (ABC, 3 September 2016) |How the justice system lets sexual assault victims down (ABC, 3 September 2016) | We cannot allow the courts to judge rape by sexual history (GA, 18 October 2016) |Sexual assault victims find justice online (SMH, 24 April 2016) Women are reporting street harassment, domestic violence, and sexual assault on Web sites which can put them in touch with counsellors and even pass on anonymous reports to police. This is an excellent way to give women (men, too, I hope) a chance to tell their story while keeping complete control, which is exactly what is lost in an incident of abuse.

Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs sounds alarm on rape and sexual assault (SMH, 20 September 2016) | Sexual assault on campus is systemic. But Sydney uni has failed to act for decades (GA, 23 August 2016) | The US Department of Justice's 2016 report on racism in Baltimore's Police Department also discovered their persistent failure to investigate sexual assault. Officers display scepticism and hostility toward women who report sexual assault, especially sex workers, and mistreat transgender people. It's wearying to be reminded that, in so many places, the clock is still stuck on this issue.

Donald Trump's Remarks Show He's Mistaken on Sexual Assault in Military (NYT, 8 September 2016). Trump defended a Tweet saying that rape in the military is the result of placing men and women together. In fact, half of the victims are men.

Testing of backlogged rape evidence leads to hundreds of convictions (Phys.org, 14 November 2016)

Elderly women in Kenya learning karate to fight back against sexual assault in slums (ABC, 16 January 2016). They are awesome. Includes the phrase "ferocious grandmother".


Study gives doctors guidance on reproductive coercion
(Medical XPress, 11 October 2016) "New research finds that men purposely are breaking their own condoms and pressuring female partners in their teens and 20s to go without birth control in order to get them pregnant... similar to other forms of controlling behavior in abusive relationships, male partners interfere with women's birth control use as a means to control them."

Almost a third of young women don't feel safe in public places at night, A Right to the Night report finds (ABC, 12 May 2016) | Half of Australian women feel unsafe walking alone at night, report says (SMH, 27 October 2016)

Sexual harassment rate jumps across Australia by more than 12 per cent from 2011 (ABC, 17 October 2016) | Why is CSIRO losing its brightest stars? (Background Briefing, 20 November 2016). "Some of CSIRO's top women astronomers are quitting due to a dysfunctional workplace that they say protects harassers and punishes them instead."

The secret mosques opening their doors to LGBT+ Muslims (ABC, 3 October 2016)

Most migrant sex workers satisfied with their work: Australian Institute of Criminology (SMH, 22 July 2016) | Male sex workers call for respect, understanding (SMH, 19 June 2016) | Sex workers fight against stigma for equal justice (Saturday Paper, 26 November 2016). Australian sex workers may avoid reported sexual and other assault to the police for fear of mistreatment or of being "outed". Laws making sex work a crime contribute to the problem. | Former sex workers claim harassment by pro-prostitution groups after speaking out (ABC, 12 October 2016). Takeaway message: "Not all sex workers have the same experience or want the same thing."

The Male Face Of Sexual Slavery (OZY, 17 February 2016)

South Korea's Misogyny (NY Times, 13 June 2016) | South Korea: A Thriving Sex Industry In A Powerful, Wealthy Super-State (IBT, 29 April 2013)

The WHO says being transgender is a mental illness. But that could soon change (SMH, 29 July 2016)

The transgender 'bathroom bill': Who wants it — men or women? (Medical XPress, 19 December 2016). "Most women are not bothered much about the fact that they might at times share public bathrooms designated for females with transgender women... Men on the other hand take umbrage, and worry about the safety and privacy of the women in their lives. Such male transphobia has its roots in how men see themselves as the so-called protectors of women." There are certainly transphobic and gender policing women infesting public loos - I'm a little worried about encountering one on our next visit Up Over - but since there are no known cases of a trans woman harassing a cis woman in the ladies', it makes sense that cis women would generally not be worried about a nonexistent threat.

Does CCTV footage help or hinder the reduction of violence against women? (ABC, 26 October 2016)

The ignorance aimed at Caster Semenya flies in the face of the Olympic spirit (GA, 23 August 2016) "It is also clear the increased scrutiny is reserved for women perceived as not feminine enough, which is the bedrock of what is in the policies. For example, it is stated that: 'The individuals concerned often display masculine traits and have an uncommon athletic capacity in relation to their fellow female competitors.' Gender variance has always incited scrutiny, and this scrutiny is often racialised. Living outside of these normative racialised gendered expectations means coming under scrutiny and probing in ways invisible to the institutions and individuals doing the looking." | I know how Caster Semenya feels – as an intersex person, I've been harassed my entire life (The Independent, 21 August 2016) "Being visibly outside of the expectations of gender roles can come at a great cost, and with a steady stream of abuse from the rest of the world. It can make you feel as if you are an alien, a monster in a bad sci-fi movie."

I Never Went Through Puberty: Life As A Perpetual Adolescent (Cracked, of all places, 2 October 2016). The story of Kevin, an intersex boy with Klinefelter Syndrome. | Intersex — seeking the beauty in difference (Medical XPress, 4 October 2016) Sean, an intersex man, has Androgen-Insensitivity Syndrome.

Always an interesting perspective: World's most senior transgender military officer says she was surprised by sexism (GA, 4 April 2015)

Bisexual men and women face pay gap, US study finds (Phys.org, 15 November 2016) | Workplace discrimination: Half of LGBTI Australians hide sexuality at work, report finds (ABC, 28 September 2016)

Sexism may be harmful to men's mental health (Medical XPress, 21 November 2016). Doesn't do anyone else any good, either. :)

6 Matriarchies Still Functioning Today (Marie Claire, 8 March 2016)

Life-like robot babies do not discourage teen pregnancies: study (ABC, 26 August 2016) wtf

Viral pics of a maned lioness (probably).


(Saving the domestic violence stuff for another posting.)
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
Let's have some good news!

Landmark win on citizenship provides hope for many thousands of former refugees (Refugee Council of Australia press release, 16 December 2016): "The Minister of Immigration... was found to have unreasonably delayed in making decisions on citizenship applications... The case... provides hope for 10,231 people that the department confirmed were in similar situations... For people who are recognised as refugees, it is extremely difficult to bring family members to safety in Australia without citizenship. As such, delays in processing citizenship applications have left many in prolonged situations of danger and persecution, despite having a parent, sibling or other close relative who has been recognised as a refugee in Australia." | Immigration authorities unreasonably delayed refugees' citizenship bids, court rules (GA, 16 December 2016) | 'Social time bomb': UNHCR's warning on the plight of 30,000 asylum seekers already living in Australia (SMH, 23 November 2016): "Australia faces a "social time bomb" over the failure to process and integrate around 30,000 asylum seekers who are in the community on bridging visas after arriving by boat during the term of the former Labor government."

Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes refugees (The Saturday Paper, 3 December 2016) Good on them for standing up to the bigots who descended on their community. | Syria war: Peter Dutton open to expanding one-off refugee intake beyond 12,000 (ABC, 21 November 2016). Christians, obviously.

Well, that was nice. Now back to the usual:

Offshore detention report says half of child abuse cases receive inadequate response (GA, 16 December 2016) "Child Protection Board says less than 1% of cases result in criminal convictions and immigration department cannot be sure of number of incidents." This is the context in which Nauru charging a male refugee with sexually assaulting a Nauruan girl under 16 has to be seen: of the numerous reports of abuse of refugee children on Nauru, "Only one case at the Nauru detention centre was referred to the Nauru public prosecutor and the case did not proceed." Nauru's Deputy Police Commissioner, Kalinda Blake, said that reports of assaults against refugees were usually "fabrications", an attitude wearyingly familiar from many years of reading about police and sexual assault.

Offshore detainees' mental illness among highest of any surveyed population: UNHCR study (SMH, 21 Novembr 2016) | A glimmer of hope for damaged detainees on Manus Island (SMH, 21 November 2016)

Photographer Ashley Gilbertson writes in the New York Times: "I Am Ashamed to Be Australian" (12 December 2016). "I've seen people displaced by sub-Saharan African wars that dragged on for so long that their children and grandchildren were born in enormous, forgotten refugee camps. I've photographed the Kurds, who have known only persecution — an entire ethnic group that remains stateless. I've followed Syrian refugee families into the tumultuous Aegean Sea. I've witnessed people trapped at borders and beaten by the police; children separated from their parents, wandering on busy, unfamiliar roads; families literally running for their lives. Sometimes, when they were not fast enough, I've seen people murdered. And yet, in all that time, I have not seen the level of cruelty toward these vulnerable people that the Australian government is perpetrating against the refugees on Manus Island."

Where does Australia rank on its refugee intake? (ABC, 21 September 2016) SPOILER: 32nd.

Fake fishing boats used in asylum seeker turnbacks spotted off Cocos Islands (GA, 28 November 2016) | Vietnamese boats 'unseaworthy', government sources say (SMH, 12 March 2015)

Australian government concedes evidence against asylum seeker was obtained by torture (GA, 26 November 2016): "Sayed Abdellatif is still held in detention in Sydney even though immigration minister Peter Dutton was briefed 18 months ago that evidence used in Egypt to convict him was discredited."
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
The big news is that Australia and the United States have made a deal in which the US will take some of the refugees on Manus Island and Nauru. There are many questions about the deal, including whether President-Elect Trump will honour it, as it will take months for anyone to be resettled. (Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says he knows but can't say whether Trump will accept the deal?!)

Anything that gets people out of those hell-holes and to safety is a positive thing IMHO. But then there's this: Refugee deal: Sex assault victims must return to Nauru, Manus for chance at US resettlement (SMH, 15 November 2016): "Asylum seekers and refugees who have left Nauru and Manus for medical treatment in Australia, including sexual assault victims and mental health patients, will have to return to the islands if they are to have any chance of being accepted under the US resettlement deal. However, they risk being forced to stay on Nauru if they are rejected by US authorities or the deal is scrapped."

GetUp have responded to the deal with a petition demanding Safety For All.

More: What we do and don't know about the refugee resettlement deal with the United States (ABC, 13 November 2016) | Refugee deal: United Nations to determine numbers to be resettled in US from Manus Island, Nauru (ABC, 17 November 2016) | Asylum seeker deal: US officials arrive in Australia to assess refugees for resettlement (ABC, 19 November 2016) | Nauru and Manus Island refugees and asylum seekers sceptical of US deal (GA, 14 November 2016): "Some greet news with joy while others concerned about Donald Trump’s ban on Muslim immigration and not being able to join family in Australia." It’s hard for me to leave Manus Island without justice: Behrouz Boochani on the US refugee deal (GA, 13 November 2016)

Will the US resettlement deal restart flow of boats? (SMH, 19 November 2016) SPOILER: no. This article mentions the reason for the boats: our offshore humanitarian intake - that is, our intake of refugees who haven't reached Australia - excludes those waiting in Indonesia.

Lifetime ban on refugees visiting Australia in trouble as crossbenchers voice opposition (GA, 14 November 2016). Senators David Leyonhjelm, Derryn Hinch, Stirling Griff, and Skye Kakoschke-Moore all expressed concern. Contact them to let them know you oppose the proposed ban.

Iranian refugee says he was attacked by a group of men on Manus Island (GA, 10 November 2016)

Asylum seekers who came on boats to Australia jailed in Vietnam, advocacy group says (ABC, 14 November 2016)

Australia's immigration measures are keeping families apart, study says (GA, 19 November 2016)

Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detention (SMH, 14 November 2016) "The group of seven British, American and Australian lawyers, which includes high-profile barrister and refugee advocate Julian Burnside, has petitioned the International Criminal Court to investigate the treatment of asylum seekers by successive governments, beginning with John Howard's." Go for it!

APEC Summit: Malcolm Turnbull plays down possible refugee resettlement deal with Malaysia (ABC, 19 November 2016)

Perhaps emboldened by Mr Trump's success in the US election, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has made another broad swipe at immigrants. Because that went down so well before the Australian election.

This must also apply to Australian politicians: How to Make Your Congressman Listen to You. So many things that are beyond my reach.
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
Debate continues on the proposed lifetime ban on asylum seekers arriving by boat settling in Australia. Refugees in Australia bridging visas may or may not be affected, depending on which Coalition member you ask; they could be deported. Some ALP MPs and Senators are critical of the proposed legislation, but Bill Shorten has stopped short of opposing it.

Contact your Member and Senators and ask them to oppose the proposed ban.

Nauru prosecutors under fire from judiciary in asylum-seeker cases (GA, 30 October 2016). The magistrate's scathing criticisms "call into question Australian government’s insistence that Nauruan system is capable of properly administering justice to the people it sends there."

However, the Nauruan police have finally managed to actually charge someone for assaulting a refugee - in this case, for sexually abusing a six year old boy.

UN human rights investigator to visit Australia's immigration detention centres (ABC, 1 November 2016) An 18 day trip, starting today. Have fun, mate.
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
The Combined Refugee Action Group page on Facebook has plenty of information on this Saturday's protests, the paper petition to Parliament, and other information and action you can take.

More than 100 Nauru and Manus staff call for centres to close (GA, 17 August 2016) | 'This is critical': 103 Nauru and Manus staff speak out – their letter in full (GA, 17 August 2016)

'I think I will die here': Nauru asylum seeker who says she was raped begs for medical evacuation (SBS, 15 August 2016)

Revealed: Peter Dutton's extensive briefings about risks and harm to children on Nauru (GA, 17 August 2016)

'Compliant, groggy state': In Nauru's ghost camps, refugees sleep away the pain (The Age, 22 August 2016)

Nauru teacher speaks out about abuse in detention centre (Bega District News, 24 August 2016)

Asylum seekers: Nauru's top court may be forced to decide whether detention is lawful (GA, 18 August 2016)

WA premier says children in detention 'unacceptable', welcomes refugee families (GA, 18 August 2016)

Both Australia and PNG responsible for Manus - Court (Radio NZ, 23 August 2016) | Australia confirms Manus Island immigration detention centre will close (GA, 17 August 2016). "Australia and Papua New Guinea have confirmed that the Manus Island detention centre will be closed but offered no detail on the future of the 854 men held there – except that Australia remains adamant it will accept none of the detainees for resettlement."| Fewer than 20 asylum seekers voluntarily resettled in Papua New Guinea: Peter Dutton (SMH, 18 August 2016)

Manus detainees claim false imprisonment in class action against the Australian government and service providers (SMH, 17 August 2016)

The eyes of the world: Tales of anguish from refugees kept for years in Australia's offshore camps (Los Angeles Times, 23 August 2016) | Former aid worker details abuse at refugee camp (CNN, 17 August 2016) | Danish MP confirms visit to Nauru camp at heart of offshore detention outcry (GA, 23 August 2016) | Folketinget skal studere flygtningelejre på Nauru (Parliament must study the refugee camps on Nauru) (Informatíon, 24 August 2016 - one of many articles, but behind a paywall)| Australian diplomats in UK and New Zealand may be called in to explain Nauru files (GA, 11 August 2016)

The claim that locking asylum seekers up in Nauru and PNG saves lives is bogus (GA, 22 AUgust 2016). "Each person detained offshore in terrible conditions costs Australian taxpayers an eye-watering A$430,000 a year each, according to the National Commission of Audit. Just think how much those people could contribute to Australian society if only a small fraction of that amount was instead spent on welcoming them and getting them into work.

The evidence is clear. The Australian government allocated A$27.8m in fiscal year 2014-15 to support 2,750 'authorised onshore arrivals' (people who arrive in Australia with a visa and then seek asylum), amounting to A$10,100 per person. That much smaller fiscal outlay is repaid many times over as refugees start working and contributing to society, as many economic studies show."

Manus Island bill $2 billion and counting – $1 million for each detainee
(SMH, 21 August 2016)

(Ye gods, I haven't even done a post about Don Dale yet.)
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
How you can help people held in detention by Australia (GA, 13 August 2016) "There are several refugee and asylum-seeker agencies that exist to help people in mainland detention or who have just left the island centres."

‘They don’t care’: a refugee’s story of reporting sexual assault on Nauru (GA, 13 August 2016)

One day in September: a grim 24 hours in Nauru’s detention centre (GA, 13 August 2016) "Nauru files reveal spike in reported incidents three days after Australia announced its doomed plan to settle refugees in Cambodia. The Nauru files show an average of 2.3 incident reports a day. But on one extraordinary day in September there were 19 reports in total, many of them serious."

Reports of family violence widespread amid despair of Nauru detention (GA, 12 August 2016). "The Australian Institute of Criminology has pointed to 'situational factors' that increase the risk of domestic violence. These include unemployment, poor living standards and overcrowding, stress and difficulty in accessing support."

Life in Nauru detention: a dark, wretched Truman Show without the cameras (GA, 13 August 2016) "Thousands of leaked files highlight the weight of daily frustrations in an overcrowded, overheated dystopia."

Fact check: immigration minister Peter Dutton's claims against Nauru files (GA, 12 August 2016)

Immigration stalled on requests for rape victim’s family to join her, Nauru files show
(GA, 13 August 2016)

Legal advice says inquiry into child sex abuse can examine Nauru regime (GA, 12 August 2016). "The legal advice said the Royal Commissions Act gave commissions the power to conduct extraterritorial investigations so long as they pertained to government."
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
A short history of Nauru, Australia’s dumping ground for refugees (GA, 10 August 2016)

Australia: Appalling abuse, neglect of refugees on Nauru (Amnesty International, 2 August 2016) | Australia: Appalling Abuse, Neglect of Refugees on Nauru (Human Rights Watch, 2 August 2016) | Genital mutilation sufferer denied treatment on Nauru, hospital patient discharged with needles in hands: report (SMH, 3 August 2016). "Two researchers from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch spent 12 days at Nauru last month and interviewed 84 asylum seekers and refugees, as well as workers who risked prosecution by disclosing information."

Refugee with growing breast lump has medical transfer from Nauru cancelled (GA, 6 August 2016) "Woman and more than 12 others told their transfers to Papua New Guinea have been postponed for at least three weeks."

Former Save the Children workers say Nauru files 'just the tip of the iceberg' (GA, 10 August 2016) "In an unprecedented statement, 26 former workers, including case managers, social workers, child protection specialists, teachers, and adult, child and youth recreation workers have joined to publicly address the abuses and trauma that occurred on Nauru, and to call for the centre’s closure."

Nauru files reveal cases of alleged sexual violence and child abuse not disclosed to parliament (GA, 11 August 2016)

Nauru guard admits throwing rocks at young children, allegedly injuring five-year-old child (SMH, 10 August 2016).

From pleas to threats to harm: files reveal escalation of trauma on Nauru (GA, 11 August 2016) "The leaked reports chart distress increasing over time as uncertainty takes its toll on asylum seekers and the staff sent to guard them."

Nauru teachers speak out for children: ‘We don’t have to torture them’ (GA, 11 August 2016). "Three Australians who taught asylum seekers on the island say the offshore detention regime is engendering illiteracy and robbing children of their childhood." Meanwhile, a Nauruan trainee teacher responds to two teenage detainees' account of their lives on the island by saying she would like to "slap the lying lips off your face".
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
The Nauru files: 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention (GA, 10 August 2016). "More than half of the 2,116 reports – a total of 1,086 incidents, or 51.3% – involve children, although children made up only about 18% of those in detention on Nauru during the time covered by the reports, May 2013 to October 2015." The reports include sexual abuse, threats of violence and actual violence, self-harm, and the horrific impact of detention on pregnant women. The GA has a gallery of some of the worst reports and a database.
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
Wilson Security paid guard to keep quiet about alleged sexual assault on Manus Island (ABC, 7 July 2016)

Most people sent to Manus Island are genuine refugees, new figures show (SMH, 30 June 2016) "... 87.7 per cent of people who have been assessed are refugees - an almost identical proportion to the number of boat arrivals to Australia who were later found to be genuine refugees. Figures from 2012-13 show 88 per cent of boat arrivals were found to be genuine refugees."

Immigration department failed to properly oversee healthcare provider, reviews show (GA, 28 June 2016) With a $1.6 billion contract at stake, IHMS failed to provide adequate health care on Manus and Nauru and then lied to cover it up; the Immigration Department let them get away with it.

'End this political game': Manus Island refugee makes plea to Australia (GA, 30 June 2016) Rohingyan refugee Imran Mohammad Fazal Hoque's account of 1,000 days in detention states that "there is regularly not enough food in the detention centre, and people often miss out on meals. There was no dentist on Manus for 15 months, no chance for private conversation with family, and detainees' personal property was often stolen or withheld." He says that, since the centre was found to be illegal, conditions and safety have become even worse. Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani backs this up, describing the centre as having become "extremely militarised... due to the blurring of responsibilities. It is unclear who is responsible for the safety of asylum seekers." We are.

The worst I've seen – trauma expert lifts lid on 'atrocity' of Australia's detention regime (GA, 20 June 2016) "In his 43-year career, psychologist Paul Stevenson has worked in the aftermath of the Bali bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami but says nothing he witnessed was as bad as the treatment of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus." | Nauru and Manus incident reports reveal stream of despair and privation (GA, 20 June 2016) Examples of incident reports from Paul Stevenson's records.

Manus refugee allegedly assaulted by guards while having breakdown needs help, friends say (GA, 17 June 2016)

Manus Island: calls for asylum seeker to be brought to Australia for psychological help (GA, 16 June 2106) (I don't think this is the same man as the 17 June report.)

Money, manipulation and misunderstanding on Manus Island (Canberra Times, 5 July 2016) The mixed blessing that the detention centre has been for the island, and the implications for Papua New Guinea of its closure. | In PNG and Nauru, Australia’s immigration policy comes at the expense of democracy (GA, 15 June 2016): the impact of our detention centres on corruption and violence in these nations.

Very belatedly, thanks to some bad experiences with antidepressants: Reza Barati death: Two men jailed over 2014 murder of asylum seeker at Manus Island detention centre (ABC, 19 April 2016)

Although I am not a Christian, I was struck by the central argument in Offshore Detention: On Not 'Getting Used to It', of a Christian "ethos" of "the infinite value of the individual human being". "Today when we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in the rescue of a single person lost at sea, irrespective of the stupidity that might have landed them there, we are drawing on an outrageous idea that is still the glory and beauty of our culture. Human value trumps more "rational" concerns." I don't know whether Christianity invented this concept or has been the only proponent of it; but would that we lived in that world.
dreamer_easy: (*feminism)
Plagued by a scene from Neal Stephenson and George Jewbury's 1994 novel Interface, in which the character Eleanor Richmond delivers a stiff lecture over the phone to another Black woman who doesn't want to report her daughters' sexual assault to the police because their assailant has threatened to murder her if she does so. Furious, Eleanor tells her to call the police and buy a gun to protect herself. Her new employer, Senator Marshall, teases Eleanor that "you changed your position on gun control": "If that woman you were just talking to had to fill out a bunch of forms and get permission from the government to have a gun, she wouldn't be able to take the advice you just gave her, would she?"

We're supposed to give three cheers for Eleanor "pounding some common sense" into the other woman's head. After all, Eleanor is right: the other mother ought to stand up to her daughters' rapist and seek justice for them. But I can only give two cheers. Maybe only one.

Firstly, the anonymous woman on the phone is clearly trying to protect her daughters: the reason she rings the Senator's office is to find out if the rapist can be forced to take an HIV test. Secondly, when Eleanor asks if she has called the police, the woman responds, "Shit no. Why would I want to call them?... I called you for serious advice, girl." What have this woman's experience with the police been that calling them about a serious sexual assault seems pointless? Thirdly, Eleanor asks: "Ma'am, how could being killed possibly be any worse than having your daughters raped?" Orphaning them as well wouldn't be worse?

Violence against women is an overwhelming fact; why shouldn't women be able to use firearms to protect themselves from burglars, rapists, or violent boyfriends and husbands? As Eleanor reminds the Senator: "I have a gun, and I know how to use it."

In the US, in most states, a licence or permit is not necessary to buy a gun; that is, you don't have to know how to use a gun in order to own one. If the woman on the phone can afford a gun and ammunition, will she also be able to train in its basic use (and safety measures - remember, she has "little daughters")? How much will it cost, can she afford to take the time off work (if she is doing casual work this could be a serious issue), and how long will it take?

In short, is "just go and buy a gun" a sufficient response to a woman in a life-or-death situation? Would it make more sense to provide emergency permits, including free and immediate training, to women (or anyone) in danger of violence who choose firearms as a defence? Moreover, rapists routinely threaten their victims with murder if they report the crime. If the police aren't going to protect women who report men's violence, we're back at square one: why report it in the first place?

This has to be seen, of course, in the context of the gun control debate in the US, which is sometimes framed in feminist terms of women's self-defence - while at the same time the National Rifle Association has fought all the way to the Supreme Court for the right of convicted domestic violence offenders to own guns*.

I think the scene is meant to accomplish two things: show that both the "liberal Democrat" Eleanor and the conservative Senator have more in common than Eleanor realises (in fact, Mitchell dismisses liberal/conservative and even Democrat/Republican as meaningless distinctions). They are both "common sense" folks frustrated by people who won't fix their own problems**. And damned if they're going to give them the tools they need to fix those problems. Whether or not we think of the caller as negligent, she certainly sees herself as almost helpless: the HIV test is the only response she's been able to come up with (although how she thinks she can force "that G" to take the test without police intervention isn't clear). A trained advocate could have laid out all her options, legal and medical, and connected her with the support services that could help her and her family try to get justice - or at least survive. Instead, she receives a lecture from a well-meaning but clueless phone jockey.

ETA: Similarly, much later in the book, vice presidential candidates are interviewed about the education of "inner city blacks": "twenty-five years from now, what will life be like for these people, and what will you have done to make that life better?" Two candidates give vague responses, one has a plan for education via television, and Eleanor Richmond has this response:
"Abe Lincoln learned his lessons by writing on the back of a shovel. During slavery times, a lot of black people learned to read and write even though they weren't allowed to go to school. And nowadays, Indochinese refugee kids do great in school even though they got no money at all and their folks don't speak English. The fact that many black people nowadays aren't getting educated has nothing to do with how much money we spend on schools. Spending more money won't help... It's just a question of values. If your family places a high value on being educated, you'll get educated, even if you have to do your homework on the back of a shovel. And if your family doesn't give a damn about developing your mind, you'll grow up stupid and ignorant even if you go to the fanciest private school in America."

Eleanor is, naturally, a shoe-in for the role of VP. If "inner-city blacks" have poor grades or drop out of school, it's their own fault, and nothing can be done about it; policy-makers are off the hook, and everyone else can stop worrying. Eleanor has given everyone what they want. Everyone, that is, for the parents and kids living in poverty and struggling in under-funded, unsafe schools, whom she has thrown under the big yellow bus.

I can't decide if the authors believe Eleanor's response is so obviously sensible that the reader will simply nod their approval, or if their whole point is that Eleanor has simply told everyone what they want to hear - which is, after all, the SFnal basis of the book.


* Partly because of legal loopholes, guns are a disaster for women in the US experiencing stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence.

** Cf the AI in the Hugo-nominated Cat Pictures Please. As [livejournal.com profile] secritcrush points out, Bethany doesn't respond to its clueless intervention because she is mentally ill.
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
The torment of women at Nauru: 'This is reason I left my country – this fear of rape' (SMH, 7 June 2016) The newly released Protection Denied, Abuse Condoned: Women on Nauru at Risk report from Australian Women in Support of Women on Nauru. The news item includes a staggering report of a traumatised rape victim being deliberately starved for a week to force her to leave her room. The report also includes a history of Nauru and background to its current situation, and, importantly, considers violence against Nauruan women. (Here's another backgrounder on Australia's long history of using Nauru. With remarkable compassion, Free the Children NAURU on Facebook shared reminders of the environmental state of the island.)

Hundreds of detention centre abuses go unreported (SMH, 5 June 2016) "Documents provided to Fairfax Media show that Comcare, which is responsible for the health and safety of all people in Australian government workplaces, including workers and detainees in mainland and offshore detention centres, has not investigated abuse and injuries on a vast scale."

Worker suspended over alleged asylum seeker assault amid detention centre veil of secrecy (SMH, 5 June 2016) "The Australian Border Force is refusing to release figures on the number of incidents in onshore detention referred to police over the past three years, including child sexual assault cases, nor will it say how many complaints led to a prosecution."

Public servants could face court over death of asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei: lawyers (SMH, 7 June 2016) Aw yiss.

PNG demands answers from Manus Island contractors ISOS after Hamid Khazaei's death (SMH, 6 June 2016) "The PNG government will suspend new medical licences for International SOS staff working on Manus Island amid an investigation into the death... PNG health minister Michael Malabag has accused the company of deliberately avoiding correspondence and refusing to assist investigations."

Wilson Security guards injured on Nauru, Manus Island not entitled to work cover (17 May, 2016)
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
Iranian refugee tried to burn herself to death from despair over indefinite detention on Nauru, husband says (ABC, 31 March 2016) This is Fatima, a mentally ill refugee who locked herself inside her family's accommodation and set it alight. She has now "been placed under the care of the Immigration Department controlled mental health unit on Nauru", a phrase which frankly gives me chills.

Marital rape no longer allowed and suicide, homosexuality decriminalised at Nauru (SMH, 27 April 2016) Which is good news, but rapes of refugees go unprosecuted and gangs beat gay refugees.

Resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea: a tragic theatre of the absurd (GA, 20 May 2016). "Lae is considered the most dangerous city in Papua New Guinea. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website advises Australian citizens 'to exercise a high degree of caution in PNG because of the high levels of serious crime', with particularly high crime rates in Lae, where 'bush knives (machetes) and firearms are often used in assaults and thefts'. Yet, somehow, Australia has chosen this city as the ideal place to resettle refugees."

Cambodia revives Australia refugee deal with planned Nauru visit (ABC, 25 May 2016) | First refugees sent to Cambodia under $55m deal have left (ABC, 27 May 2016)

Australian police accessed phone records of asylum whistleblower (GA, 24 May 2016). This is scary as hell. After the death of Manus detainee Hamid Khazaei, the Department of Immigration asked the AFP to investigate where the media had got their information about the lethal mishandling of his case. Dr Peter Young was a target because he had criticised asylum seeker medical care in the press. Police examined his phone records and grilled his colleagues.

Australia’s Offshore Cruelty (The New York Times, 23 May 2016). "The Australian treatment of refugees trying to reach this vast, thinly populated country by boat follows textbook rules for the administering of cruelty. It begins with the anodyne name for the procedures — 'offshore processing' — as if these desperate human beings were just an accumulation of data."

There's been such a response to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's baseless remarks about "illiterate and innumerate" refugees which have been (correctly IMHO) understood as disparaging all migrants from a non-English speaking background. For example, this passionate editorial in The Age: Time to embrace the potential refugees offer Australia (The Age, 22 May 2016) "The refugees I meet at the ASRC are not some racist's caricature. They are the doctor I know who speaks nine languages, and the young man who is studying a double degree in law and business after arriving by boat as an unaccompanied child without a word of English. They are everyday mums and dads willing to do anything, often the jobs no Australians will touch, just to put food and dignity on the table for their families. They are my heroes, my role models and this nation's future."

Boat migrants 'turned back to jail', despite Vietnamese promise (SMH, 24 May 2016) The same fate befell asylum seekers who were returned last year.

'Like returning a lamb to a den of lions’: Deo Nuyu's fight to stay in Australia (SMH, 1 June 2016)

Asylum seeker forcibly returned by Australia says his refugee claim was ignored (GA, 18 May 2016). "Sri Lankan asylum seeker says he was only asked his name, where he was from and why he came when he arrived at the Cocos Islands by boat."
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
Asal, 17: A voice from Nauru (The Saturday Paper, 14 May 2016)

Nauru refugee and premature baby in critical condition after emergency caesarean (GA, 13 May 2016) Both have been flown to Australia. Doctors for Refugees say that she had eclampsia and should have been evacuated when she had a seizure five months into the pregnancy. The Guardian article also tells the God-awful story of Rakib, the poor devil who died of heart failure after overdosing on Panadol; he and his boyfriend were given a public thrashing by Nauruans, and threatened with far worse.

The Federal Court has ruled that the rape victim known as S99 must be brought to Australia for her abortion.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton opines that the new wing of the hospital on Nauru is better than some in regional Australia. Putting aside his ability to judge a medical facility, it had better be: the maternal mortality rate on Nauru is forty-three times higher than it is in Australia; 30 babies died per 1,000 live births on Nauru, but only 4 per 1,000 in Australia. Refugees deserve decent health care, and so do Nauruans. (Not to mention Australians in regional areas!)

Perhaps taking a leaf from Australia's use of technicalities, Papua New Guinea now states that the refugees on Manus Island are no longer in detention. Not only are they still illegally imprisoned, but if released, are in danger of being, and I quote Manus Island MP Ron Knight, 'chopped up'. At least the poor bastards won't be sent to Nauru. Say, I know another island where they could live...
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
Omid's wife's account of his lack of medical treatment after setting himself on fire on Nauru is harrowing, as are comments from AMA and Doctors for Refugees spokespersons. Omid might not have had a strong chance of surviving even if he had been given prompt and effective attention, but perhaps he would have had a chance, and at the very least his terrible suffering could have been alleviated.

Turnbull rejects New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from detention yet again, because NZ citizens can emigrate to Australia (GA, 29 April 2016)

If Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court rules that the men illegally imprisoned on Manus are owed compensation, Australia will be liable to pay it (GA, 29 April 2016)) | Manus Island detention centre operator to sell business (GA, 29 April 2016)

Nauru rape victim's health not 'exceptional' enough to fly to Australia for abortion, court told (GA, 29 April 2016): "Senior border protection official says despite advice from five medical experts, he stood by his judgment that she could be treated in Papua New Guinea." | Australia sent refugees to PNG for abortions knowing it was illegal, court hears (SMH, 29 April 2016)

Two reminders this morning that the media tends to talk about refugees, not listen to them, and tbh I have not escaped this tendency in these summaries. Cast From the Storm filmmaker David Mason speaks on refugee children documentary at UN forum (ABC, 29 April 2016) | It's not our duty to speak up for refugee women. It's to listen to them (GA, 30 April 2016)
dreamer_easy: (refugees)
What $1500 gets you: a luxury hotel room in Sydney and Melbourne - or a night's detention on Christmas Island (19 April, 2016)

Australian government could save $2.9bn over four years by closing detention centres (GA, 19 March 2016) Part of that would be the roughly half a million bucks saved by limiting detention to thirty days.

Doubts over $400 million centrepiece of Australia's Pacific Solution (18 April 2016). Papua New Guinea was promised help building a new hospital in exchange for the Manus Island detention centre. Now PNG has run out of cash for their half of the cost, and are hinting that Australia should offer more funding. (Australia should shut down the detention centre and use the savings to complete the badly-needed hospital. Problem solved.)

Taxpayers charged $6 million for Immigration Department telemovie (SMH, 25 March 2016). That's chicken feed compared to the $70 million spent over six years on ads to deter refugees.

Australia spent $2m relocating two refugees from Nauru to Cambodia (GA, 10 March 2016)

MYEFO budget update: $1 billion blow out on immigration detention costs (SMH, 15 December 2015)

Australia's offshore detention cost $1.2bn in 2014-15, Senate estimates told (GA, 9 December 2015) You'll remember Abyan, the rape victim seeking an abortion, who was hustled out of Australia and back to Nauru against her wishes. That single flight cost taxpayers $115,821.

Government splashes $20 million on charter flights to Nauru and Manus Island (SMH, 8 December 2015)

I guess they have to cut corners somewhere: Federal government refuses asylum seeker payouts and apologies 24 times (SMH, 18 November 2015): "... since the Coalition government came to power, it has refused all 24 recommendations by the commission to pay compensation of up to $400,000, or in one case apologise to an asylum seeker, for their detention."

Australian immigration detention costs double that of US and Europe – report (GA, 1 October 2015): "... last year that it cost more than A$400,000 to keep a single person in offshore detention for a year, more than 10 times the cost of having someone live in the community... Onshore detention costs A$239,000 each person a year, and community detention about A$100,000 for each asylum seeker."
dreamer_easy: (*gender)
I'm furious at The Australian for sneering that "gender fluidity" is an "ideological construct" and not the lived experience of real people. Good on Lateline for interviewing some of those imaginary gender-fluid kids.

The problem with sex education for LGBTI women (ABC, 8 March 2016): the vast majority are missing out on relevant sex ed.

Girl fights: Are Aussie women becoming more violent? (ABC, 18 March 2016) SPOILER: no.

Anti-slavery workers say government is failing sex trafficking victims (The Drum, 1 March 2016): trafficked women who won't or can't assist with prosecutions miss out on support.

Recently I clashed on FB with someone who thought that helping refugees should come second to helping Australian women facing domestic violence. But, with nearly $3 billion budgeted to offshore detention, where could the Federal government possibly find the $127 million needed to fix the shortage in anti-DV funding? Perhaps they somehow will, since the PM has declared domestic violence a "national priority", despite stripping federal public servants of DV leave.

Domestic violence perpetrators learn they are not the victim in unique Perth rehabilitation program (7:30, 25 February 2016): Specifically, they get kicked out of the house (and into therapy) instead of getting to stay there while their victim flees.

Sexual assault: Victim-blaming attitudes common among young people, research finds (PM, 22 February 2016)

A matter of life and death (ABC, 8 March 2016: "This week a report was tabled to Queensland Parliament on a bill that seeks to make non-lethal strangulation in domestic violence situations a crime." I was puzzled by this at first, but clicked through the links in the text to learn that strangulation is (a) extremely dangerous in its own right, with possible serious effects occurring long after the assault, and (b) a frequent "warning sign" of impending homicide in a domestic violence situation. So it needs its own specific law.

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Why women need a men's revolution (ABC 4 March 2016): I'm in two minds about this. "We need to be able to look at a man who has a career, who has a set of goals, but who also says my family is going to come first and see him as a strong confident man who's willing to break gender stereotypes." Sure. But "We've liberated women essentially to be men, to do the work that men have traditionally done, and in the process we've devalued the work that women traditionally did; the work of care, the work of nurturing." I don't think was feminism that dictated that housework should be unpaid and pink collar work should be underpaid.

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