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Bordering on silence

Originally published in SBS News, 20 January, 2014 Last week was one of contrasts in the politics of information around asylum seekers. It began when Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that he would cease his weekly media briefings about ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’ and would instead hold press conferences ‘as the need arose’. Morrison’s policy of silence however … Continue reading

Why do we hate asylum seekers?

Originally published in SBS News, 15 January, 2014 If it weren’t clear already, it has to be by now. Last week, polling conducted by the Sydney Morning Herald showed that: A strong majority of Australians, 60 per cent, (also) want the Abbott government to “increase the severity of the treatment of asylum seekers.” It has confirmed … Continue reading

What will cutting environmental regulations do?

Originally published in SBS, 14 January, 2014 The Abbott government has vowed to slash 8,000 “redundant” laws as part of its pledge to “slash red and green tape.” Let’s not cut and run on environmental safety, writes Simon Copland. On Monday, The Australian revealed, that the Abbott Government is planning a special ‘repeal day’ scheduled for the … Continue reading

Ali Choudhry’s problems are far from over

Originally published on SBS News, 8 January, 2014.  Ali Choudhry has been given a temporary halt on deportation as a tribunal hears his case. But it’s our entire immigration system that needs scrutiny, writes Simon Copland. A reprieve. For now. That is what Brisbane man Ali Choudhry was given yesterday, as his deportation to Pakistan was delayed … Continue reading