Posts Tagged ‘refugees’

What Government crisis?

Written By: - Date published: 5:06 pm, September 19th, 2018 - 35 comments

Labour and New Zealand First Ministers under the first term of the sixth Labour government sitting in the Cabinet office.

News of the Coalition’s bad health appears to be something of a beat up.

Australia bans Manning but lets in Au pair for rich Liberal donors

Written By: - Date published: 5:14 pm, August 30th, 2018 - 45 comments

Following recent news it appears that in Australia Au Pairs of the rich and connected are welcomed and helped.  Seriously ill refugees are ignored.  And click bait racists are fine but peace activists are shown the door.

Friggit!

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 pm, November 23rd, 2017 - 155 comments

Frigate. Send one. Now.

We have an obligation to act on Manus Island

Written By: - Date published: 6:20 am, November 2nd, 2017 - 229 comments

Jacinda Ardern faces a test of her claim she can handle Australia better than the last two Prime Ministers. How will she react?

“Middle East leftovers”

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, February 3rd, 2017 - 31 comments

Compassionate conservatism in action. No wonder English was so tame in his criticism of Trump’s Muslim ban.

A message to Bill English

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, February 1st, 2017 - 6 comments

A touching cartoon message to Bill English on why he should increase New Zealand’s refugee intake.

Justin Lester: No matter where you come from, you are welcome here

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, January 30th, 2017 - 3 comments

The PM may not know where he stands but the Mayor of Wellington does.

Close the camps Australia

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, September 3rd, 2016 - 29 comments

A protest is planned today in Auckland against Wilson’s Parking for its parent company’s management of the Nauru and Manus Island refugee detention centre.

Double the quota

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, June 16th, 2016 - 3 comments

The Nats’ quota increase has now been described as “shameful and inhumane”, “stinks of a Government that doesn’t care”, “pathetic”, “mean-spirited and callous”, and more. Will they get the message?

Kiwi Values

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 pm, June 13th, 2016 - 60 comments

Epsom hologram David Seymour reckons we need to force refugees to pledge allegiance to what he calls ‘values’.  Of course, ACT don’t know value, they only know price. And haven’t we heard this sort of thing from another party in years gone by?

Refugee quota increase “shameful and inhumane”

Written By: - Date published: 3:12 pm, June 13th, 2016 - 22 comments

Reaction to Key’s pathetic increase in the refugee quota – “shameful and inhumane” (Amnesty International), “stinks of a Government that doesn’t care” (Double the Quota).

Double the quota

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, March 31st, 2016 - 27 comments

Labour joins the campaign to double our refugee quota.

Refugees to be settled in Dunedin

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, November 27th, 2015 - 17 comments

As reported yesterday Dunedin has been picked as the new settlement location for refugees. May they find a warm welcome and a future of peace and security here.

Kelvin Davis on Christmas Island

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, November 9th, 2015 - 45 comments

Kelvin Davis showed this video to the Labour Party conference on the weekend.  Following news of the riot it has become a must watch.

Were people smugglers paid money to take refuges away from New Zealand?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, October 30th, 2015 - 34 comments

Amnesty International has published a report “By Hook or by Crook: Australia’s Abuse of Asylum-Seekers at Sea” which has rightfully been described as a damning indictment of Australia’s handling of the refugee crisis. But New Zealand benefitted from payments of money to people smugglers.  What did the Government know?

Briefing Papers: Refugees and inequality

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, October 13th, 2015 - 9 comments

Briefing Papers have been busy recently, check out some recent articles. How long can wealth keep sucking up before a society breaks down completely?

Auckland march of solidarity for refugees

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, October 10th, 2015 - 3 comments

A march of solidarity for refugees is planned for today at Auckland.

In Our Back Yard – Manus Island and Nauru

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, September 9th, 2015 - 12 comments

As the photo claims, refugees are human beings. We can tell this from general expressions of resignation, desperation and misery.

But what about our own expressions of humanity?

Lost the Plot

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 pm, September 8th, 2015 - 91 comments

Winston’s solution to war and refugees.

Syrian refugees – National backs down

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, September 7th, 2015 - 71 comments

The backtrack is under way.  Last week National was not budging on refugee numbers.  Today they will announced an urgent passage allowing for the intake of more Syrian refugees.  The focus groups have spoken. Update: and the announcement is for 600 new refugees over 3 years and $4,9 million in increased aid.

Syria and Internationalism

Written By: - Date published: 4:02 pm, September 6th, 2015 - 90 comments

I wonder if the current public outpouring of sympathy for Syrian refugees is nought but a ‘fashion’, or whether it’s the beginnings of a renaissance for internationalism.

Happy Father’s day

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, September 6th, 2015 - 4 comments

For father’s day how about a gift of a donation to charities helping the refugees pouring into Europe?

National’s refugee backdown

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, September 5th, 2015 - 82 comments

In both England and New Zealand conservative Prime Ministers are looking to urgently backtrack from recent refusals to do anything further for refugees.

Labour plans emergency bill to increase refugee numbers

Written By: - Date published: 4:46 pm, September 4th, 2015 - 67 comments

Labour plans to seek leave to introduce an emergency bill into Parliament on Tuesday to increase the number of refugees the country can receive.

“Get some Guts!”

Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, September 3rd, 2015 - 94 comments

Who’s willing to help those suffering in Iraq & Syria now, Prime Minister?

Lift the refugee quota

Written By: - Date published: 7:16 am, June 23rd, 2015 - 69 comments

Refugees are people, but they get treated as a political football, as recent events in Australia and NZ have demonstrated once again. It is long past time that NZ raised its refugee quota.

The Failed Estate – An Australian Blog to follow

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, August 12th, 2013 - 10 comments

Rupert murdoch puppet masterWith Australian elections just around the corner quality Australian political blogs will be in demand.  If you want to read a refreshingly progressive and sophisticated analysis of Australian Politics I recommend Jim Parker’s blog Failed Estate.  He writes with precision on issues such as the state of Australia’s media, the undermining of Julia Gillard, and the festering sore that is the boat people issue.

The refugees

Written By: - Date published: 12:45 pm, July 13th, 2011 - 49 comments

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