Daily Archives: April 26, 2010

Refugee Things are not always as they seem

On the 23rd April 2010, there was a story in the Daily Times Pakistan that 22,000 Afghan refugees had returned from Pakistan to Afghanistan under a UNHCR program of returning refugees.

Story here

In view of the current suspension of visa processing for the Afghan Refugees arriving by boat to Australia, I wrote to the journalist and asked him what ethnic groups these returning refugees came from .

Here is his answer

“I talked to a concerned official over the phone to ask her the question your have raised.
She told me that the Afghan refugees who voluntarily repatriated to their country were mostly Pashtoons and Tajiks.”

Almost 100% of asylum seekers from Afghanistan are Hazaras – a persecuted minority in Afghanistan targetted by both Pashtun and Taliban.

Pamela Curr

Take a Stand for Safety on Wed April 28th

Rights on Site]

Since the introduction of the Australian Building and Construction Commission in 2005, we have witnessed a massive increase in deaths and serious injuries in the construction industry.

The statistics tell us what so many families of construction workers know, from their first hand experience of suffering and loss.

The number of deaths in the construction industry have gone up.

From 3.14 per 100,000 workers in 2004, before the ABCC started, to 4.8 per 100,000 workers in 2007 and 4.27 in 2009.

That means a worker is killed each week. No fewer than 50 families have had a loved one taken away from them.

On International Workers’ Memorial Day, Wednesday 28th April we want you to remember our mates as well.

Construction workers will be rallying in your State to demand an end to the ABCC and its laws:

Sydney, New South Wales: 12:00pm Rally at Darling Harbour Memorial.

Brisbane, Queensland: 10:00am Rally at Roma Street Forum with unveiling of memorial. and respects paid to 12 Queensland workers killed in 2009 – 2010.

Adelaide, South Australia: 10:30am Memorial Service at St Stephen’s Church Wakefield Street, followed by a rally in Victoria Square, Adelaide, 12:00 pm

Melbourne, Victoria: 10:00am rally at Memorial Rock, Trades Hall, Lygon Street.

Perth, Western Australia: 10:30am Service at Solidarity Park. Perth Bell Tower tolls at 12:00 pm for each worker killed this year in WA.

Dave Noonan and the Rights on Site team

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Dave Noonan and the Rights on Site campaign team