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After the 2004 ALP National Conference, I wrote a discussion paper comparing the decisions on asylum seekers with those made at ALP State Conferences over the preceding 2 years.

Discussion Paper - ALP National Conference 2004 (by Robin Rothfield)

The paper recognized improvements in ALP policy compared to that of the Government but explained that it did not go as far as State Branches had sought.

Article submitted The Age for 5th anniversaryTampa 26 August 2006

Labor for Refugees (Victoria) proposed amendments to chapter 7 of the ALP Platform on asylum seekers, adopted by the ALP (Vic) Commonwealth and Federal Relations Policy Committee

CAFR_NPC_Amendments_23NOV05

Age article published 26 August 2006 (with some editing)

http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/australias-great-shame-on-refugees/2006/08/25/1156012737432.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

The SMH today 19.8.06 published this article on the Tampa. Another excellent piece by David Marr. what a contrast New Zealand is with the meanness of the Australian approach.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/the-luck-of-the-draw/2006/08/18/1155408025317.html

What the PM owes to Hansonism

Emma Dawson, The Age, 8 September 2006

http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/what-the-pm-owes-to-hansonism/2006/09/07/1157222261242.html

Rights reduced to rhetoric

Waleed Aly, The Age, 6 July 2006

http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/rights-reduced-to-rhetoric/2006/07/05/1151779010195.html

From Rights Australia:

INQUIRY LAUNCH: PEOPLES INQUIRY INTO IMMIGRATION DETENTION 19 Nov, 2005
http://www.rightsaustralia.org.au/calendar.php?id=49

Human Rights in the Age of Terror 02 Dec, 2005
http://www.rightsaustralia.org.au/calendar.php?id=50

 

Tampa Day media release 26 August 2005

( includes the open letter to Prime Minister John Howard and the list of signatories to the letter)

Tampa Rally speech 26 August 2005

(speech given at the Tampa Day Rally, State Library, Melbourne, by Robin Rothfield

 

13 January 2005

WE ARE SORRY!

 

We are sorry that the Howard Government was re-elected on 9 October 2004 .

 

The Howard Government has placed the interests of the wealthy before those of the poor and the disadvantaged by policies of:

 

  • undermining public education
  • undermining the universal health system
  • undermining workers' rights

 

as well as:

 

  • failing to adequately address the needs of indigenous Australians
  • neglecting the environment
  • surrendering Australia 's sovereignty through the Australia US Free Trade Agreement

 

The Howard Government has no respect for human rights and international laws and conventions.

 

The Howard Government has brought international shame and disgrace on Australia by its treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

 

On behalf of all caring Australians we say:-

  • sorry to those still languishing in detention for many years for no crime other than that of wishing to escape persecution from regimes such as that of Saddam Hussein.
  •  sorry to the Bakhtiari family for the mean spiritedness of Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone, who with approval from John Howard, deported this hapless family after giving them hell for 5 years.
  •  sorry to the families of the 353 asylum seekers who drowned tragically while trying to reach Australia on board the SIEV X in October 2001 and whose memory the Howard Government has done its best to ignore.
  • sorry to those countless thousands of Iraqis who have suffered grievously from the invasion of the “Coalition of the Willing” in which Australia took part thanks to the blind obedience of John Howard to the whims of George W Bush.
  • sorry to those millions of Americans who looked to Australia for change as an inspiration for their own need for change
  •  sorry to those millions of people throughout the world who hoped to see a more caring, just and independent Australia emerge from the election of 9 October 2004 .

This did not happen and we are deeply sorry for these failings.

 

But sorrow is not enough. We will continue the fight and not rest until the Howard/Costello Coalition Government is defeated. And this website is committed to doing just that.

 

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To the disappointment of the election loss, including the loss of the Senate as a House of Review, must now be added the disappointment at the statement by Laurie Ferguson, newly appointed Shadow Minister for Immigration.

Lev Lafayette, labor4refugees

 

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After reading articles of interest, you may wish to refer to the menu item "What You Can Do!"

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Links to other sites:

Bridge for Asylum Seekers Foundation

www.asylumseekersfoundation.com

 

Medicare under threat

http://defendmedicare.info/

 

Dear John

http://www.dearjohn.org

Not Happy John

http://www.nothappyjohn.com/default.cfm#top

 

http://www.thejusticeproject.com.au

http://www.tonykevin.com/Bali-Senate-Report.html

(The Senate Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee report on "Security of Australians in South East Asia (Bali 2002)")

http://www.sievx.com/

click onto this homepage and hear the song by Those Bloody McKennas ..

http://203.147.191.19/declaration.htm

 

http://www.votehowardout.com/

http://www.roddavies.com/frameset.htm?never_ever_lie/index.htm~mainFrame

http://www.getridofhoward.org.au/

http://www.andrewwilkie.org.au/

http://www.johnnybackflip.com/

http://www.australiaatthecrossroads.org

http://www.timetogojohn.com/

http://www.muacampaign.org.au

http://www.105reasons.org

http://www.justnotjohn.com

http://www.endthelies.net

http://www.ihatejohnhoward.com./

http://www.manbitesgod.com./

http://www.newmatilda.com/home/default.asp

http://www.freespaces.com/no_war_in_iraq/index.html