Tag: Mandatory detention

Not Your Holocaust, Michael Pezzullo

On March 8 2016, Michael Pezzullo, Secretary of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, was moved to issue a press release. He felt compelled to defend the actions of his department against criticisms of what he called a ‘contentious area of public policy and…

Racism in Public or Public Racism

In my first article on racism and antiracism in Australia, published online first in Ethnic and Racial Studies and part of a special issue¬† on ‘Reconfiguring Antiracisms’ edited by Yin Paradies, I argue that The idea of racism as an event appears crucial to the judgment…

Hello dear Reza

So begins the letter sent by detainees of Manus Island detention centre to their friend, Reza Berati, killed by his jailers, the agents of the Australian state one year ago today on the 17th of February, 2014. No one has yet stood trial for his murder,…

Should Pussy Riot Boycott the Festival of Dangerous Ideas?

A Head-to-head published in The Guardian on 29 August 2014. On 11 August an anonymous group published an open letter to two ex-members of Pussy Riot. The group called on Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova to withdraw from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas taking place this…