Australian Government: Pirates of the Indian Ocean

This article was published by Al Jazeera English on July 24, 2014.

As Australia’s conservative federal government falls further in opinion polls it is increasingly willing to eschew international refugee conventions to cling to the one thing that is winning it support – the illegal and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers.

While the Australian Government’s treatment of child refugees and its refusal to release details of asylum seeker boat arrivals and block attempts by journalists to investigate detention facilities earn it little praise internationally, at home it is one of the few things winning the government any favour.

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Australia: Occupied East Jerusalem a matter of grammar

This article was published by Al Jazeera English on July 6, 2014.

The Australian Government’s decision to cease using the capitalised descriptor “Occupied” in relation to East Jerusalem flouts international law and domestic convention and is the latest in a series of moves highlighting the government’s support for Israel and its settlement programmes.

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