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Manus Island regional processing facility. DIBP images.

No.964 – 28 July 2014

Interview with Elaine Pearson, Australia Director at Human Rights Watch

Ellen Hays spoke to Elaine Pearson, Australia director of Human Rights Watch, at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law’s annual conference, where Pearson was speaking on the consequences of Australia’s border protection policy.


Asylum Seekers / International Affairs / Interviews

Don Bayley, Getty

No.963 – 25 July 2014

Ian Thorpe, Sexuality and the Process of Discovering One’s Identity

In light of Australian Olympic champion Ian Thorpe’s “coming out”, Tamara Cherny suggests that “being yourself”, particularly in a society less than accepting of diversity, is easier said than done.


Gender & Sexuality / Opinions

Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl

No.962 – 24 July 2014

Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl (Episode 4): Now Australian

The conclusion of the four-part SBS series Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl delivered a sense of fulfilling closure, but Mohamad Tabbaa scratches beneath the fluffy surface to discover an unsettling situation that lies far from a satisfactory ending.


Race & Discrimination / Reviews

Curtain Detention Centre

No.961 – 22 July 2014

The Erosion of Health in Detention (and the Erosion of Oversight)

Ben Pynt explains that long-term detention – now the rule rather than the exception in Australian asylum seeker policy – causes inevitable ill effects on health, and that the oversight of the treatment of asylum seekers is becoming practically impossible.


Asylum Seekers