Prime Minister Kevin Rudd joins ‘The 7.30 Report’, ABC, 2 November 09
On asylum seekers, Kevin Rudd speaking with Kerry, says:
“… Remember, that what we’re facing with – faced with in Sri Lanka is 260,000 people displaced because of a civil war, hundreds of thousands seeking to return to the part of Sri Lanka they used to live in. The matters I discussed with their President this afternoon and the particular needs which exist within that country for housing. But on top of that, if you’re dealing with these challenges…”
Brisbane Times – Search in dark for boat people
ABC Online – Air Force plane joins ocean rescue
The Associated Press – Rescue under way after boat sinks off Australia
Radio Australia – Concerns for a group of people feared drowned in Indian Ocean
ABC Online – Passengers feared drowned in boat disaster
The Australian – Fears for boat with 40 on board near Cocos Islands – report
Digital Journal – Sri Lanka Confirms US to Quiz Army Chief over War Crimes
The Australian – PM treads water with no solution in sight
Brisbane Times – Query over asylum seekers’ status
ABC Online – Indonesia must sign refugee convention: Greens
Sydney Morning Herald – Ready to risk lives and life savings
The Australian – Inertia as impasse enters third week
The Age – PM out of loop on Tamil asylum seekers
Sydney Morning Herald – Migration: the true story
Rally to welcome refugees
Say no to Rudd’s Indonesian Solution!
Let them land, let them stay!
12.30pm Monday 2 November. Immigration Department, Lee St (Railway Square end of Central Tunnel), City.
Speakers include: Sylvia Hale (NSW Greens MP), Tamil Association, Ian Rintoul (Refugee Action Coalition). The bipartisan demonisation of asylum seekers has provoked feelings of deja vu among many people who thought we’d never again see Tampa-style dramas on the high seas. But as each day passes, it is becoming clear that Kevin Rudd’s ‘Indonesia Solution’ is every bit as inhumane (and expensive) as John Howard’s ‘Pacific Solution’. Despite the refugee rights movement winning victories such as children out of detention and the end of Temporary Protection Visas, it’s clear that we have a long way to go before Australia can claim it has humanitarian immigration and refugee policies.
Called by Refugee Action Coalition. Contact Ian on 0417 275 713
Sri Lanka Police and Sri Lanka Army soldiers beat a mentally ill Tamil youth and forced the youth to drown near the sea near Bambalapitya, Colombo, railway station Thursday. The youth was identified as Balavarnam Sivakumar, 26, of Ratmalana, according to media reports in Colombo, which belatedly listed the youth’s identity. “The entire country [Sri Lanka] watched in horror, as a group of heavily built men attacked the mentally unstable [Tamil] youth with wooden poles while he pleaded for mercy, when it was telecast on several news bulletins on Thursday night,” Daily Mirror said. More
Radio Australia – Australia’s PM dogged by a fortnight of asylum seeker politics
Daily Times – VIEW: Where is Australia? —Farish A Noor
The Australian – Tamils ‘concerned they will be removed’
The Australian – Delegation visits in push for regional co-operation
The Australian – Kids destined for detention: Jakarta
News.com.au – Chilli weapon ruled out in asylum seeker boat standoff
Jakarta Post – Indonesia demands time line for Sri Lankan asylum seekers
The Australian – Indonesia gives Oceanic Viking another week
Brisbane Times – Asylum seekers showdown averted for week