Monthly Archives: June 2015

Desperate mum invokes ‘Ryan’s Rule’ to get help for baby after being sent home eight times from Gold Coast Uni Hospital

Lili Curtis with daughter Arabella. She wants other parents to know their rights if they

Lili Curtis with daughter Arabella. She wants other parents to know their rights if they feel their child is not getting proper treatment. Picture: Richard Gosling

EIGHT times Lili Curtis took her sick 10-month-old daughter Arabella to Gold Coast University Hospital only to be told to go home.

Each time Ms Curtis became more angry and upset as doctors who visited the child at home kept saying she should be in hospital.

Finally, after the eighth hospital visit in just 17 days, the Oxenford mother invoked Ryan’s Rule — a protocol for people who do not feel their concerns are being taken seriously — to get help.



Arabella Erhard is set to be treated by specialists in Brisbane after being sent home fro

Arabella Erhard is set to be treated by specialists in Brisbane after being sent home from Gold Coast University Hospital several times despite being sick. Picture: Richard Gosling

That is when the head of the hospital’s pediatrics department stepped in and examined Arabella, diagnosing bacterial bronchitis and putting the little girl on a long course of antibiotics.

By then Arabella had lost a kilogram because she was not eating and Ms Curtis was told if her condition deteriorated, to come back.

At a follow-up appointment this week Ms Curtis said she had been told Arabella’s condition was actually viral.

She said she was also told Arabella needed to be referred to a lung specialist in Brisbane because she had a moist cough for more than four weeks.

“They’ve just handballed us to Brisbane,” Ms Curtis said.

“If they don’t triage her Category 1, she could be waiting for months.

“This has been going on for 11 weeks now, so she could have been seen by now.”

Ms Curtis said she wanted to warn other parents.

“It wasn’t like I was going up there as a frantic parent overreacting — the GP told me to take her in,” she said.

“I would never take my child or myself back to that hospital again.

“What I’ve been through has traumatised me.

“I think parents should know not to take their kids there because it’s just atrocious.”

Gold Coast University Hospital denies misdiagnosing Arabella.

Gold Coast University Hospital denies misdiagnosing Arabella.

A Gold Coast University Hospital spokeswoman said there had not been any misdiagnosis.

“Gold Coast Health welcomes the use of Ryan’s Rule to allay concerns and provide an opportunity to improve the experience for patients and families,” she said.

“Referral to a respiratory specialist is appropriate four weeks after antibiotics have commenced, rather than four weeks after initial symptoms.

“We have reviewed this case and are satisfied that all appropriate clinical process have been followed.”

Gold Coast Bulletin
April 29, 2015 12:00AM

Can Pope Francis save the Church?

“Why we fight for the living world: it’s about love, and it’s time we said so”

Pope Francis reminds us that our relationship to the natural world is about love, not just goods and services: ‘Who wants an end to birdsong, bees and coral reefs, the flacon’s stoop, the salmon’s leap?’.

Who wants to see the living world destroyed? Who wants an end to birdsong, bees and coral reefs, the falcon’s stoop, the salmon’s leap? Who wants to see the soil stripped from the land, the sea rimed with rubbish?

No one. And yet it happens. Seven billion of us allow fossil fuel companies to push shut the narrow atmospheric door through which humanity stepped. We permit industrial farming to tear away the soil, banish trees from the hills, engineer another silent spring. We let the owners of grouse moors, 1% of the 1%, shoot and poison hen harriers, peregrines and eagles. We watch mutely as a small fleet of monster fishing ships trashes the oceans.

Why are the defenders of the living world so ineffective? It is partly, of course, that everyone is complicit; we have all been swept off our feet by the tide of hyperconsumption, our natural greed excited, corporate propaganda chiming with a will to believe that there is no cost. But perhaps environmentalism is also afflicted by a deeper failure: arising possibly from embarrassment or fear, a failure of emotional honesty.

‘We have all been swept off our feet by the tide of hyperconsumption, our natural greed excited, corporate propaganda chiming with a will to believe that there is no cost’.

I have asked meetings of green-minded people to raise their hands if they became defenders of nature because they were worried about the state of their bank accounts. Never has one hand appeared. Yet I see the same people base their appeal to others on the argument that they will lose money if we don’t protect the natural world.

Such claims are factual, but they are also dishonest: we pretend that this is what animates us, when in most cases it does not. The reality is that we care because we love. Nature appealed to our hearts, when we were children, long before it appealed to our heads, let alone our pockets. Yet we seem to believe we can persuade people to change their lives through the cold, mechanical power of reason, supported by statistics.

I see the encyclical by Pope Francis, which will be published on Thursday, as a potential turning point. He will argue that not only the physical survival of the poor, but also our spiritual welfare depends on the protection of the natural world; and in both respects he is right.

I don’t mean that a belief in God is the answer to our environmental crisis.

Among Pope Francis’s opponents is the evangelical US-based Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, which has written to him arguing that we have a holy duty to keep burning fossil fuel, as “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork”. It also insists that exercising the dominion granted to humankind in Genesis means tilling “the whole Earth”, transforming it “from wilderness to garden and ultimately to garden city”.
There are plenty of senior Catholics seeking to undermine the pope’s defence of the living world

There are similar tendencies within the Vatican. Cardinal George Pell, its head of finance, currently immersed in a scandal involving paedophile priests in Australia, is a prominent climate change denier. His lecture to the Global Warming Policy Foundation was the usual catalogue of zombie myths (discredited claims that keep resurfacing), nonsequiturs and outright garbage championing, for example, the groundless claim that undersea volcanoes could be responsible for global warming. There are plenty of senior Catholics seeking to undermine the pope’s defence of the living world, which could explain why a draft of his encyclical was leaked. What I mean is that Pope Francis, a man with whom I disagree profoundly on matters such as equal marriage and contraception, reminds us that the living world provides not only material goods and tangible services, but is also essential to other aspects of our wellbeing. And you don’t have to believe in God to endorse that view.

In his beautiful book The Moth Snowstorm, Michael McCarthy suggests that a capacity to love the natural world, rather than merely to exist within it, might be a uniquely human trait. When we are close to nature, we sometimes find ourselves, as Christians put it, surprised by joy: “A happiness with an overtone of something more, which we might term an elevated or, indeed, a spiritual quality.”

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He believes we are wired to develop a rich emotional relationship with nature. A large body of research suggests that contact with the living world is essential to our psychological and physiological wellbeing. (A paper published this week, for example, claims that green spaces around city schools improve children’s mental performance.)

This does not mean that all people love nature; what it means, McCarthy proposes, is that there is a universal propensity to love it, which may be drowned out by the noise that assails our minds. As I’ve found while volunteering with the outdoor education charity Wide Horizons, this love can be provoked almost immediately, even among children who have never visited the countryside before. Nature, McCarthy argues, remains our home, “the true haven for our psyches”, and retains an astonishing capacity to bring peace to troubled minds.
Acknowledging our love for the living world does something that a library full of papers cannot

climate guardiansAcknowledging our love for the living world does something that a library full of papers on sustainable development and ecosystem services cannot: it engages the imagination as well as the intellect. It inspires belief; and this is essential to the lasting success of any movement.

Is this a version of the religious conviction from which Pope Francis speaks? Or could his religion be a version of a much deeper and older love? Could a belief in God be a way of explaining and channelling the joy, the burst of love that nature sometimes inspires in us? Conversely, could the hyperconsumption that both religious and secular environmentalists lament be a response to ecological boredom: the void that a loss of contact with the natural world leaves in our psyches?

Of course, this doesn’t answer the whole problem. If the acknowledgement of love becomes the means by which we inspire environmentalism in others, how do we translate it into political change? But I believe it’s a better grounding for action than pretending that what really matters to us is the state of the economy. By being honest about our motivation we can inspire in others the passions that inspire us.

George Monbiot


Refugee Harsh facts from Darwin

I am passing on the Dassan news because it is a salutary lesson of what is coming our way. This is what our friends in NT are dealing with. Pamela Dear friends, In the middle of the night last week … Continue reading


Statement from an asylum seeker who was transferred from Wickham Point to Nauru

We could hardly believe this so have waited for a definite report. Here it is. This is what is done to force frightened people back to the hell of Nauru. Imagine the effect on children – would any of us … Continue reading


Israel detains Palestinian Archbishop Hanna

30 June 2015 The human rights and Palestine solidarity organization BDS South Africa condemns Israel’s recent arrest and detainment of Palestinian Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna. Over the past weekend Archbishop Hanna was arrested when he participated in a non-violent protest … Continue reading


Independent and Peaceful Australia Network Conference

Please consider attending two important events in Brisbane next week… It is only a week until people from all over Australia will be gathering in Brisbane to attend the IPAN (Independent and Peaceful Australia) forum and conference. The focus of … Continue reading


True allies don’t claim Aboriginal land

Many allies of the struggle for Aboriginal sovereignty still proudly identify as being Australian. While many understand some of the history of genocide and theft on this continent they fail to understand how their Australian identity perpetuates that genocide and theft. We also need to learn and understand that the notion of being Australian and the country of Australia was not founded on feelings of independence but founded on ideas of white supremacy. Continue reading

Grandmothers against removals


No Media for Gaza & Hunger Strike for Dignity

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BDS #BoycottWoolworths spoof video goes viral

10th Floor, Braamfontein Centre 23 Jorissen Street Braamfontein, 2017 Johannesburg South Africa27 June 2015 PHARRELL PERFORMING IN ISRAEL BEFORE S.AFRICA A few weeks after US artist Pharrell Williams announced his collaboration with Woolworths there were announcements in Israel that he … Continue reading


The Blind and the Blind-folded

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Which Side Are We On? Last week Anne, Eleni and I drove 1800 kms to go to court in the chilly city of Geelong. About 10 others came from Melbourne and Geelong to attend the final court case arising from … Continue reading


Foco Nuevo in July

Foco Nuevo in July 3rd July, 2015 8.00 pm Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street, West End (map) Come along and warm yourself up on a winter’s night with guests, Carmel Charlton and The Boxties. Music to warm the soul! Carmel … Continue reading


Andrew Wilke on offshore processing

MUST READ and LISTEN Greens amendments over ruled in SENATE by LIB LAB connivance ps Adam Bandt away on Paternity leave — Pamela Curr Refugee and Detention Rights Advocate Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Please note our new address details: … Continue reading

Dutch court orders government to slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent by 2020

Publisher’s Note: The legal road to climate change?
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A Dutch court has ordered the country to slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent by 2020, after a group of citizens took their government to court.

“The court orders the state to reduce the overall volume of greenhouse gas emissions in such a way that they are at least 25 per cent less in 2020 compared to 1990,” judge Hans Hofhuis said.

The ruling came after almost 900 Dutch citizens took their government to court in April in a bid to force a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Marjan Minnesma, who heads environmental rights group Urgenda which brought the case, said it wanted The Hague to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.

“The parties agree that the severity and magnitude of climate change make it necessary to take measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the court said in its ruling.

“The state must do more to reverse the imminent danger caused by climate change, given also its duty to protect and improve the environment.”

Effective control of Dutch emissions is “one of the state’s tasks”, it said, adding that the cost of the reductions would not be “unacceptably high”.

The Amsterdam-based Urgenda said the case was the first in Europe in which citizens attempted to hold the state responsible for its potentially devastating inaction and the first in the world in which human rights are used as a legal basis to protect citizens against climate change.

The plaintiffs had asked the judges to rule a rise in global temperatures over two degrees Celsius would be a human rights infraction.

The international community agreed to peg global warming to 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels.

Lawsuits against governments and companies have increasingly been seen as a way to press for action against climate change over the past decade.

Countries are to publish their own undertakings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a hoped-for global deal to be agreed in Paris in December.

The 28-member European Union said it would reduce emissions by 40 per cent compared to 1999 levels by 2030, while the world’s second-largest polluter after China, the United States, said it wanted to reduce emissions by between 26-28 per cent by 2025.

Updated about 3 hours ago


BDS and the Kemp affair: clearing up misunderstandings

I am prompted to write because of my growing and heartfelt concern over misunderstandings about aspects of my role and activities as Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. These misunderstandings have given rise, I know, to serious misgivings among some members of the Jewish community in particular, and I wish to address those misgivings and – so far as possible – set them at rest.

Main points:

• I have been cleared, twice, of allegations of anti-Semitism – once in Australia’s Federal Court and then again through a University of Sydney investigation of events at a public lecture held at the University in March;

• I was not part of the protest that interrupted this public lecture. After it happened, I left my seat solely out of concern for the health and safety of protesters who were being forcefully ejected;

• While I am a critic of present policies of the Government of Israel, that should not be taken as any statement of enmity with Australia’s Jewish community – some of whom, indeed, agree with my views and work alongside me;

• It is important for such issues to be aired on University campuses, and we are all responsible for ensuring that they may continue to be openly and respectfully discussed, with contributions from people with a range of views. That is a responsibility I take very seriously.

My political stance

I am an advocate and exponent of the academic boycott of Israel. That does not make me anti-Israel, still less anti-Semitic. My concern is motivated by the values of peace with justice, and an analysis that Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian territory, since 1967, is wrong in principle, and a major obstacle to fulfilling the needs, and realising the rights and freedoms, of all the people of Israel and Palestine. In my former profession of television reporter, I once interviewed the Israeli father of a military ‘refusenik’, Adam Maor, in Haifa. “The occupation is the cancer that is killing both societies”, he told me. “Whatever you do to end the occupation, bless you”.

I believe that the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza is made to seem more legitimate, and international political pressure for its ending is lowered, by the day-to-day continuation of normal institutional links between Israel and other countries such as Australia. Academic exchanges, at an institutional level, come into this category. As Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wrote last year, in a column in Ha’aretz that was billed as an ‘open letter’ to the people of Israel:

“Those who continue to do business with Israel, who contribute to a sense of ‘normalcy’ in Israeli society, are doing the people of Israel and Palestine a disservice. They are contributing to the perpetuation of a profoundly unjust status quo. Those who contribute to Israel’s temporary isolation are saying that Israelis and Palestinians are equally entitled to dignity and peace”.

The nonviolent campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, which is based on this logic, is a loose affiliation of those of us who respond to the call for it, which was issued by a group of Palestinian civil society organisations. This followed the advisory ruling by the World Court, in 2004, that Israel’s security barrier, erected on Palestinian land in the West Bank, is illegal. Because governments generally took no action in response to this ruling, an appeal went out to respond at other levels.

The BDS campaign has three aims: an end to the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip (where Israel is recognised as still the occupying power by its control of borders, seaboard and airspace); equal rights for all the citizens of historic Palestine, including present-day Israel, and support for the right of return of Palestinian refugees. On the last point: BDS is, by definition, a campaign of international solidarity. We are not the Palestinians, so we cannot say how the Palestinians will or should enact that right, which is vested only in them, as the rights-holders. We are in favour of the right of return, in the context of the great historic and ongoing wrong done to the Palestinian people. But support for BDS stops well short of any ‘fork in the road’ in any future political or legal process, involving the Palestinians through their own legitimate representatives, on how their rights should be realised. In a similar way, support for BDS does not mandate support for either a so-called ‘one-state’ or ‘two-state solution’ to the conflict.

I realise these are sensitive issues, on which there are deeply felt and opposing views in our community – including among the Jewish community. I regularly take opportunities to raise and discuss them with fellow academics and the general public, because I consider it my duty to do so. I work alongside, and with the support of, prominent members of Australia’s Jewish community, such as Associate Professor Peter Slezak of the University of New South Wales; Vivienne Porzsolt of Jews Against the Occupation; Antony Loewenstein of Independent Australian Jewish Voices; Dr Marcelo Svirsky of Wollongong University; former Greens councillor Cathy Peters, and many others.

The Kemp lecture and aftermath

You will probably have heard of me most recently in connection with a public lecture at the University in March of this year, by Richard Kemp, a retired Colonel from the British Army. Kemp is known for his justification of Israeli military tactics in Gaza of recent years. As you know, there are sharply differing views on this subject, including within Israel, where the military veterans’ group, Breaking the Silence, has issued several reports based on disturbing testimony from soldiers involved in the operations, about the orders they were given and the effect on civilians and civilian infrastructure.

I was in my seat, and listening to the lecture, when a group of protesters entered, one of whom carried a megaphone. This took me completely by surprise. Contrary to what you may have heard, I was not a participant in this protest, let alone its leader.

Emergency protest for Gaza

Emergency protest for Gaza Brisbane, 2014

Around two minutes had passed when University security guards began to use force to eject the protesters. I left my seat to remonstrate with them, solely because – the protesters themselves having posed no threat to anyone – the security guards’ actions created a significant risk of serious harm where none had previously existed. That was a judgment I made at the time, which has since been supported by a medical expert who viewed video recordings of the event. One protester was grabbed in a headlock, which – with rotation – can lead to spinal injuries. Carrying struggling protesters bodily off the floor, which also happened, risks fracture, including cranial and spinal fracture.

Following this sequence of events, I and my wife were subjected to a series of physical attacks by a member of the audience, whom I ultimately felt it justified to threaten to sue for assault. At one point, I produced a banknote from my shirt pocket, to lend emphasis to my point. I was horrified when it was put to me that, in doing so, I had inadvertently featured in an image that others then used to invoke a vile stereotype, connected with the persecution of Jews in Europe. I can appreciate the hurtfulness, to members of the Jewish community, of having that stereotype re-activated in our modern society.

However, I emphasise the word, “inadvertently”. An investigation into this incident by the University of Sydney cleared me of anti-Semitism, and indeed I have been at pains all along to repudiate any such imputation. For instance, I told the ABC’s PM programme, on Radio National, on April 2nd:

“The suggestion that I behaved in a way that was in any way anti-Semitic is entirely mischievous”.

(Full transcript here:

I also established, last year in Australia’s Federal Court, that my policy of supporting the academic boycott does not infringe Australia’s laws on racial discrimination, after I was the subject of an application led by Shurat Ha’Din, an Israeli legal centre. That was very important to me because it reaffirmed the distinctions I always strive to uphold. My stance is not anti-Israel, let alone anti-Jewish – it is, rather, aimed solely at contributing to political pressure from the international community for the ending of policies that I consider inimical to the rights and freedoms of both Palestinians and, ultimately, Israelis.

Many in the Jewish community – and the community at large – disagree with my views and my analysis of the issues of conflict affecting Israelis and Palestinians. But the important point here is that I am sincere in wishing for positive, sustainable peace for both peoples, and that all my contributions to public debate over those issues are motivated solely by that wish.

I am willing to attend any forum to explain and elaborate further on any of these thoughts, should you wish to hear further from me on this, or any subject connected with my established research interests in peace and peace journalism.

Jake Lynch Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies The University of Sydney


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Charleston Shooting: Black & White


Mayor Brent may go under, Abbott on his tail

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Not the only embarrassment for Abbott – after a series of damaging court cases revealing dishonest conduct, LNP Mayor John Brent and one-time Campbell Newman protégé, may be become a bankrupt and be forced to resign from public office. Continue reading


Disheartening number of refugees and growing ignorance of the West

Today, it is clear that the international system is not working. Millions of > people and their right to a better future are ignored, they are harassed, > insulted and demonized, as if being displaced due to wars, persecution and … Continue reading


Australia’s ”Stolen Generations” Not a Closed Chapter

Protests, round-tables, marches and sit-ins have taken place across Australia and an international solidarity network is growing rapidly. . . . Continue reading

Community Radio in the US

A locally owned, independent, non-commercial, community FM radio station for the Frazier Park area to start test broadcasting by the end of July 2015 with a FCC license.

The new station will broadcast on 93.3 FM and use the call sign KFZR-LP which suggests the location of the transmitter (Kern FraZeR, and the suffix stands for Low Power). To begin with, coverage will be all of Frazier Park and the commercial part of Lebec (around the Flying J).

Please support this local initiative by joining us for our first fundraiser on Saturday 27th June which promises to be a fun evening….


17 Group: ‘This Changes Everything’

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The next meeting of the 17 Group will be on Wednesday the 1st of July at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. It will be a discussion of the issues raised by Naomi Klein’s 2014 … Continue reading


Australian celebs support genocide

The blockade of Gaza by Israel, fully implemented since 2007 and described by the Secretary-General as “a continuing collective penalty against the population in Gaza was strangling the economy in Gaza and imposed severe restrictions on the rights of the Palestinians. Continue reading

Refugees are a mass movement

Special thanx to Hossein and Alfi

Paradigm Shift


Pick out Andy & Ian at World Refugee day, King George Square, 20 June 2015

restreamerParadigm Shift Broadcast 19 June 2015 Friday at noon

Andy and Ian speak with Hossein, a Rohingynan, refugee from Rakine state (near Myanma [Burma] and Alfi, a refugee from West Papua.

Andy interviews David Sprigg who threw his shoe at Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton.

Refugees are a mass movement with 2.59 Million refugees displaced in 2015 alone

Highest percent per population

1. Jordan – refugees from Syria, Palestine, Iraq

2. Lebanon – refugees from Syria

3. Nauru – refugees from Afghanistan, Hazaras, Sri Lanka (Tamils), Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, placed there by Australia.


Alfi played West Papuan freedom songs

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Sexual abuse on Nauru


Letter from Nauru

Publisher’s Note: The Federal government is looking for ways to clear asylum seekers out of Nauru. What instructions are given to accelerate this? What is the hidden agenda to encourage departure? If the authorities make Nauru bad enough, perhaps some will take the money and go to Cambodia?
Remember failed UN intervention in Cambodia!*
Remember our own governements failed Intervention (still in place) and the way the Federal government used the Little Children are Sacred report to send the military into the Northern Territory to further displace the aboriginal population. The poverty and family pressure is created by continuing colonising. It can only be reversed by de-colonisation as is happening in Te Aurora (New Zealand).

I say to workers sympathetic with refugees at these facilities: Be careful what you wish for, don’t think that Australia is a good place – it is, but only for some. (˘_˘٥)

Ian Curr,
June 2015

*In a recent submission to the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, the Brisbane lawyer Mark Plunkett, who had been UN Special Prosecutor in Cambodia during the UNTAC transitional process, put the problem as he found it in 1992 this way:

Cambodia was a country in a state of anarchy where there was wholesale execution of suspected offenders, arbitrary and indefinite detention without trial, torture of prisoners. Freedom of movement [was] inhibited by the extortion of money by the military and the police in the guise of illegal road tolls. Murder, abduction and arson of political opponents [was] commonplace. Large scale armed conflicts involving cattle thefts were frequent occurrences.

Furthermore there was:

no functioning judiciary, no rule of law, no operative criminal code, no powers of arrest, few jails of an acceptable standard; the population was heavily armed; and the resolution of disputes was easily affected by people simply shooting each other.



Security guards at Australia’s detention centre on Nauru allegedly circulated videos of themselves having sex with asylum seekers who had been paid to participate, a former senior social worker on the island has claimed.

Charlotte Wilson was, until February this year, a Save the Children case manager at the Nauru Regional Processing Centre. In her explosive submission to the Senate inquiry, which is investigating allegations of abuse at the facility, she claims to have been told it was “acknowledged in management meetings between service providers” that acts of “solicitation” were occurring in the community between female refugees and Australian security officers employed by Wilson Security.

“It was also established that these acts had been filmed and circulated around Wilson staff,” she said, of the rumours that began to circulate in January. She added: “I was also told that because prostitution is legal on Nauru that no action was being taken against the staff members involved.”



In her submission, which hasn’t yet been made public but has been obtained by Fairfax Media, Ms Wilson alleges she witnessed a security guard tell a group of single Somali women that if they run away, they would get “raped by the local boys”.

In March, a review into sexual abuse at Nauru found evidence of rape, sexual assault of minors and guards exchanging cannabis for sexual favours from female detainees.

The independent inquiry was called last October by former immigration minister Scott Morrison after he removed Save the Children staff from the island, on the advice of his own department, that they had aided protests and coached detainees to fabricate abuse claims.

The review, led by former integrity commissioner Philip Moss, dismissed the claims made against Save the Children personnel.

“I felt disbelief when my colleagues were stood down,” said Ms Wilson in her submission, adding: “Although no reason was given I surmised … it was related to the protests. Many of my clients informed me that protesting was the only way they felt they could express themselves and they felt there were no other channels available to them.”

Ms Wilson paints a bleak picture of living conditions at the facility in which previously healthy women had stopped menstruating and were experiencing “hair loss due to the stress on their bodies”.

She said she had worked directly with clients experiencing “complete breakdowns in their mental health”.

“On more than one occasion I have been present when an emergency code was called by security due to an attempted hanging. I have observed children at these scenes, which parents are unable to shield their children from due to the close proximity of tents.”

She said “profound damage” had been caused to “nearly every single man, woman and child” who has been “arbitrarily interned” in Nauru through “prolonged deprivation of freedom, abuse of power, confinement in an extremely harsh environment, uncertainty of future, disempowerment, loss of privacy and autonomy and inadequate health and protection services.”

Last week, the Senate committee heard that staff treating asylum seekers on Nauru were advised to withhold details of psychological impact from mental health reports.

Peter Young, who oversaw the mental health of asylum seekers in all Australian-run detention centres between 2011 to 2014, said the immigration department told doctors it didn’t want to hear about mental harm caused by detainment.

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the more we learn about what’s going on in Nauru the worse it gets.

“Worst of all, the women and children subjected to this abuse remain on Nauru, unable to escape those who have exploited and abused them. This is wrong on every level,” she said.

“Nauru is a seedy, toxic and dangerous place. No women and children should be forced to stay there.”

Eamonn Duff and Adam Gartrel
Source – THE AGE 22 JUNE 2015


Imagine Campbell Newman on Steroids

[Publisher’s Note: Good, Federal Public Sector workers are going on strike, but what about state public sector workers in Qld, don’t they have plenty of reasons too?] Stand for Queensland


9 September 1973: accused from Pinochet’s Chile still in Australia

[Message from Chilean companero: “Thank you for publicising the document about Adriana Rivas, ex torture agent in Chile. We hope the Australian government approve the extradition and face the Justice in Chile.” Sadly, when has the rule of law stopped … Continue reading


Refugee Use of Force already causing harm

Please vote against the #killbill authorising use of more force in detention. Already at the MITA new rules have been introduced. 1 Now all men are handcuffed before they are taken to the doctor or hospital- last week two men … Continue reading


Refugee WORLD REFUGEE DAY _Where to find the action timetable

BIG DAY- LOTS OF EVENT popups in Melbourne CBD- Come join us Time Location Action Group 9.45am Federation Square – Swanston Street side Hope Boat Refugee Advocacy Network 10am-10.40am Federation Square – big screen Stormy Waters film SWAG Media 10am … Continue reading


World Refugee Day – Melbourne

Hello all Reminder re the action in the city this Sunday for World Refugee Day. We hope you can come along any time from 10am to show your support for Refugees. Finale Program at 2pm in the City Square. THIS … Continue reading