Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Media Release: Refugee left in limbo attempts suicide in MITA

A Kurdish refugee in his mid-30s attempted suicide at approximately 6.00am at the Melbourne Immigration Transit accommodation centre. He was unsuccessful as he was stopped by his friends and SERCO guards. Fearing for his mental health, SERCO and police officers sent him to a hospital at approximately 6.30am. This attempted suicide is the result of(…)

Boat Tragedies and People Smugglers: the true cost of deterrence

7.45 pm, Wednesday 22 August, Brunswick Library Speakers: Tony Kevin: Author of new book Reluctant Rescuers on ‘border protection’ and A Certain Maritime Incident on SIEV X Robin de Crespigny: Author of The People Smuggler: The Oskar Schindler of Asia As the federal parliament debates the best method to repel refugees, authors Robin de Crespigny(…)

Review of “The People Smuggler” by Robyn De Crespigny

Review by Chris Breen The People Smuggler is the larger than life tale of an Iraqi refugee who becomes a people smuggler in order to save his family. It is a moving story that pierces many of the myths, half truths and outright lies that underlie government policy on refugees in Australia today. It tells(…)