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Keating’s Timor and Carr’s Papua - Eureka Street

Keating’s Timor and Carr’s Papua - Eureka Street | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Paul Keating this month reflected on his determination as Prime Minister 'to establish a new and durable' relationship with Indonesia' and lamented the Australian media and his predecessors' preoccupation with human rights abuses in East Timor.

 

'While I do think Papuan independence is inconceivable, greater autonomy is not, and it ought not be.

 

President Yudhoyono said early this year that he was willing to have dialogue with Papuans to solve the longest unresolved conflict in our region. Australia should put its weight behind any dialogue initiative.

 

Now is the time for such a stand because Yudhoyono will leave office in two years. His successor might not be open to the same path.'

 

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Fr Frank Brennan SJ is professor of law, director of strategic research projects (social justice and ethics), Australian Catholic University, adjunct professor at the College of Law and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University. This article is taken from Fr Brennan's speech last night at the launch of Joel Hodge's Resisting Violence and Victimisation.

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Human lives Australia could have saved - Eureka Street

Human lives Australia could have saved - Eureka Street | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Australian maritime safety and border protection authorities could have saved the lives of most of the people on the boat that made two distress calls by telephone to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority early last Wednesday.

 

'By bumping this emergency to [Indonesian search and rescue] BASARNAS, and then returning to border protection business as usual for a full wasted day, the Australian border security system left 100 people to die – as it had done previously on 15 December 2011 (with the foundered Barokah), and again on 19-21 June 2012.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'When she was 9, Zainab's parents made the heartbreaking decision to leave their home in northern Afghanistan.

 

They set out on a journey across the globe, putting the fate of their family in the hands of strangers
Across borders, behind bars and onto a smuggler's boat the family chased freedom.

 

'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' tells Zainab's story, and the story of many others who have trodden the same path.

 

Jessie Taylor and Ali Reza Sadiqi travelled across Indonesia and met with 250 asylum seekers in jails, detention centres and hostels.

 

Through candid interviews, hidden camera footage and in the words of asylum seekers themselves, the story of the 'refugee' is told. What pushes people to leave home? What do they leave behind? What do they fear? Why did they choose this path? And what does it take to turn someone into a 'boat person'?
Meet the human faces behind the most controversial issue of our time.

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Houston report: hard heads deliver $1 billion asylum seeker plan

Houston report: hard heads deliver $1 billion asylum seeker plan | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The expert panel on asylum seekers has made 22 recommendations, including the establishment of a capacity for processing asylum seekers in both Nauru and Papua New Guinea, in a report expected to define…...

 

'The expert panel on asylum seekers has made 22 recommendations, including the establishment of a capacity for processing asylum seekers in both Nauru and Papua New Guinea, in a report expected to define the government’s future policy on asylum seekers.

 

The report, which the panel described as “hard-headed but not hard-hearted” and “realistic, but not idealistic”, also recommends the government continue to build on the current arrangement with Malaysia.'

 

Some responses to the report:

 

'The late Fred Daly, the Labor MP, once said governments ought not to have inquiries unless they know what the outcome will be.'

 

'......their tag line ‘hard headed not hard hearted’ is a reasonable summary' of what they’ve achieved.

 

'The government has managed to snooker itself once again.'

 

'Even though Houston said over and over it’s not a political document he did say also it was a realistic document.'

 

'A very serious examination of the psychological dynamics that are associated with the asylum seekers process in order to ensure safety is really important.

 

In the dynamic of safety seeking once you sink your capital into the people smuggler loop you’re stuck there, there’s no capacity outside that to escape it.'

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Cognitive dissonance and sunk cost: the psychology of seeking asylum

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'With its revamped Pacific Solution, the Australian government has decided to make the choice to take a boat to Australia more horrendous in its implications, by increasing the likelihood of disasters at sea, and then punishing those who manage to survive the crossing.

 

But nothing has been done on two critical fronts – addressing the conditions that create refugees; and providing alternatives that break the incentive cycle promoted by the government and opposition, and facilitated by the people smugglers.

 

The application of some cognitive theory and economic choice theory may help understand what is really going on; and why government and opposition are playing a doomed game they cannot win.'

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Can One TV Show Shift Refugee Policy? | newmatilda.com

Can One TV Show Shift Refugee Policy? | newmatilda.com | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Go Back To Where You Came From attracted big audiences to SBS last week.

 

'Showing the distances travelled, the diversity of global routes taken and resilience in the face of constant threat, returns a powerful agency to undocumented migrants. This is in place of their usual portrayal as immobile victims: trapped behind razor wire, disciplined or resistant, at the mercy of the state. This starts to move the debate away from patronising politics of victimhood towards an acknowledgement of the mobile power of people to control their own lives and destinations. It also raises the question of why so few asylum seekers and refugees have voices in the debate over migration and border control.'

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Asylum seeker plan: spending so much, achieving so little - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Asylum seeker plan: spending so much, achieving so little - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Sending asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus Island is an expensive undertaking that will achieve nothing but a transient political advantage for the Government.

 

'The rest of the world was not impressed by Australia's attempts to palm off boat people who had arrived here seeking protection. Given our size and wealth, the number of refugees we get is manageable. People assessed as refugees on Nauru or Manus will have to be resettled somewhere: they can't be sent back to the country they are fleeing.

 

Perhaps we will end up doing what we did last time: bringing them to Australia.

 

I would welcome that outcome, but in the meantime we will have spent fantastic sums of money to achieve absolutely nothing except a transient political advantage for the Government.

 

If this exercise runs for three years, it will cost Australia billions of dollars.'

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Six issues missing from the asylum seeker debate

Six issues missing from the asylum seeker debate | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
When asylum seekers die at sea there are too many things we don’t want to talk about. Following the news of another asylum boat capsizing yesterday, at 2pm the federal Parliament began with a sombre and…...

 

'No one is talking about the invisibility of border-related deaths in Australia. There is no official cumulative record of who has died en route and post-entry into Australia and why.

 

............. deaths of asylum seekers at sea are but one kind of death among many others, which also need to be recognised. For example, deaths in Australian immigration detention centres are not considered deaths “in custody” for the purpose of the monitoring program run by the Australian Institute of Criminology.'

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