A. Current state of play
The divestment campaign has achieved success with at least one big player – Hesta –dumping its shares of Transfield, the company the Australian Government uses to carry out its dirty work in managing the Nauru and Manus Island ‘black sites’ refugee gulag.
The recent Senate Inquiry into abuse at the Nauru detention facility reported multiple abuses – sexual, physical, etc – as did the earlier Moss review, but still the detention centre (and its equivalent at Manus) remains operational.
Meanwhile the Australian Government which is in breach of numerous international protocols/agreements in carrying out these punitive practices – continues to ignore thereports of abuses and public opinion, including condemnation by the UN Rapporteur on Torture and Amnesty International.
B. Next move?
Let’s face it, both major Australian political parties are determined to continue with these policies as a whole, despite the condemnations and public anger, and lobbying, and protests across Australia.
So perhaps it’s time to up the ante and consider more dramatic interventions to end this madness of possibly Australia’s most reactionary government in its very short history.Continue reading
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