REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

This weeks show involves a bit of selling as we take part in 4ZZZ’s Radiothon 2014.

4ZZZ is a subscriber funded station and has survived 39 years through listener support.

The theme of this year’s Radiothon is Challenge Your Media Diet and we’re reminding the community about the important of independent media.

Independent media adds variety to the media landscape, which is dominated by only a few large corporate players.

Cool tunes and anarchy they’re reasons to be cheerful yeah?

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STUDENTS FOR PALESTINE

Israel’s assault on Gaza continues, over 2000 Palestinians have been killed and around 11 000 injured.

There have been many rallies in Brisbane in part organised by Students for Palestine.

I interviewed Rutaba Janiyya from the Australia wide organisation, we talk about what they do and why she is personally involved.

I also play some great new hip hop coming out of Brisbane.

And continue on with the series of Guy McPherson’s lecture on Climate Change and Human Extinction.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN BOOTS RILEY GOES ON FOX

Boots Riley explains –

While talking about the LKWD Music Fest, they asked me to talk about The Coup, so I did. It’s not that deep.

After the show, the producer sent an angry email to festival organizers that said:

‘FOX 8 was not the time or opportunity for Boots to go on his political rant.

With his statements he not only hurt our station’s credibility, but also the festival’s. I was looking to do a fun interview and it turned into something entirely different.

We will not be reaching out for any interviews in the future.”

This letter is very telling about the intended function of mainstream media outlets.’

The woman to my left- who isn’t speaking- in the clip is Kelly Flamos, festival organizer, who actually knows what The Coup is about and wasn’t surprised by my statements or worried about the bullying email.”

 

FIRST FORCED ASYLUM REMOVAL TO AFGHANISTAN SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT, TUESDAY 26 AUGUST

REFUGEE ACTION COALITION

MEDIA RELEASE

A last minute application in Federal Circuit Court and an appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Commission are underway to try and prevent the forced removal of an asylum seeker to Afghanistan.

The decision by the Federal Circuit Court is due to handed down at 3pm this afternoon. The 29 year-old Afghan asylum seeker, who arrived in Australia in December 2011, is scheduled to be removed to Afghanistan at 9.40pm tonight (Tuesday 26 August).

If the government succeeds in removing this asylum seeker, it will be the first forced removal of an Afghan asylum seeker to Afghanistan.

The official Afghan government position is that they will not accept forced removals from Australia.

The government’s last attempt, in February this year, was stopped at the last minute by a Federal Circuit Court order.

“It is shocking that the Minister would consider sending anyone to Afghanistan given the deteriorating security situation there,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “The country assessment was done almost two years ago in December 2012.
There is no doubt that the situation has seriously deteriorated since then.

“The political vacuum in Afghanistan is being filled by daily violence, and the situation is dramatically unstable.

The Taliban are making daily gains. Kabul itself is not safe. Hazara areas of the city are now being constantly shelled.

“The case also reveals serious flaws in the refugee determination system and the inconsistency of Refugee Review Tribunal decisions.

At least eight other RRT decisions using more recent country information have recognised the danger in Jaghori province and granted protection visas.

“Given the Afghan government’s unwillingness to issue travel documents, we have serious concerns that the government is using dodgy documents to facilitate his removal from Australia.

This will also make his situation in Afghanistan more precarious and more dangerous.

“The Minister has the power to prevent this obvious lack of natural justice. Afghanistan is unsafe for anyone.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul mob 0417 275 713

www.refugeeaction.org.au

Refugee Action Collective Queensland

Freeing asylum seeker children from detention part of Scott Morrison’s strategy to reintroduce temporary protection visas

First published on  SMH

Michael Gordon August 19, 2014

ANALYSIS

On the eve of a meeting with Clive Palmer, Scott Morrison has belatedly pledged to get young children out of mainland detention centres and into the community on bridging visas by year’s end. To what end?

The answer can be found between the lines of Tuesday’s announcement: the minister wants to make a deal with the PUP leader to re-introduce temporary protection visas for refugees who come to this country the “wrong way”.

Whether he succeeds may hinge on whether the new Senate crossbench is happy to abide a situation where the damage done to one group of children in detention eventually prompts action, while nothing changes for hundreds of others on Christmas Island and Nauru.

Implicit in the announcement of this latest, money-saving, “dividend” of stopping the boats is a stark admission of policy incoherence.

Those who happened to arrive before July 19 last year with children under 10 will be released into the community because the impact on their physical and mental health of remaining in detention is recognised.

But those who arrived after that date will be subjected to a policy a calculated cruelty offshore (because the adverse consequences are now extremely well-documented), in order to send a message of deterrent to others.

Morrison says it has been the intention for months to release more children, but acknowledges that “plenty of people have been putting the word on the government to get children out of detention and release them on bridging visas”.

He also volunteers that the issue of children in detention has come up in his “positive” discussions with the crossbenchers on what to do with that pre-July 19 caseload.

The minister has previously been frustrated by the Senate and slapped down by the High Court in his efforts to restore temporary protection visas, prompting him to introduce his own “national interest” test for individually assessing applications by refugees for permanent visas.

Now, it would appear, he is attempting to show some good faith in discussions with Palmer and Co that could result in him getting his way.

The problem is that the government is acting belatedly and that the unpredictable populist Palmer has, thus far, been a consistent opponent of consigning asylum seekers to indefinite detention here or overseas.

While brutal treatment of arrivals is proven policy when it comes to stopping the boats, Morrison has demonstrated that his policy of turn-backs can also be effective in this regard (except when countries such as India refuse to play ball).

But giving only temporary protection to those who have demonstrated a genuine fear of persecution if returned to their homelands remains highly contentious, even on the narrow test of whether it acts as a deterrent.

With TPV-holders not offered any prospect of family reunion, it served as an inducement for people to risk their lives on boats under John Howard’s Pacific Solution because this seemed the only way for people to join immediate family members already here.

To Palmer, the deal-maker, Morrison has made his play, with no guarantee it will prove persuasive. This raises another question: what more does the minister have to offer?