As the full omnishambles of both the Government’s and the Opposition’s asylum seeker policies is revealed, it seems the answer was there, right in front of us, all the time.
Refugees just needed to absorb one tiny bit of Australian culture. The redneck motto: Go back to where you came from.
A study has revealed most Sudanese refugees want to go home, some temporarily and some permanently.
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Emmanuel Jal was around seven years old when he was recruited as a soldier for the Sudanese Liberation Army. He’s now become a hit musician. But how did he get from one to the other? He explained his story to The Punch.
Can you describe for us how you were recruited to the Sudanese Liberation Army, and how you felt at the time?
I was 7 years old and I had been sent to a refugee camp in Ethiopia by my father to receive schooling and to leave the war behind. Whilst I was at the camp, under the UN’s nose SPLA commanders were rallying the children and young people together.
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Last week, Australia accepted Mr Ibrahim Bushra Mohamed Ali as the Sudanese Ambassador to Australia.
The acceptance has been made in spite of the current crisis in Darfur, which is alleged to have been fuelled by the Khartoum government, and without apparent consideration of Australian Darfuris.
This move has distressed members of the local Darfuri community because of the legitimacy it affords Khartoum and out of fear for their own safety.
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Note: While technically this piece qualifies as nepotism I am sick of writing about the election and Uncle Ken is a top bloke who has done a great thing.
Furniture is not commonly associated with politics. Bob Geldof did not try to feed the world with a chair.
My Uncle Ken Pfitzner is a gifted Adelaide cabinetmaker who spent a life-changing year of his adolescence travelling through Africa where, among other things, he was memorably attacked by a baboon.
Since then he has led a quieter life creating and restoring amazing pieces of furniture from his shambolic workshop in Edwardstown.
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In the warring African nation of Sudan, where Australia has a deployment of 10 Federal Police officers and 15 Defence Forces specialists connected to the UNMIS (United Nations Mission In Sudan) operation, the story of one brave woman standing up against a brutal, medieval government led by a president wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity has been reported around the world.
And quite rightly so. For the woman at the centre of this vile affair - journalist Lubna Hussein, a former UN employee - is seeking to draw attention to one of the more absurd and extreme edicts of the Islamist Sudanese government, and for her determination, she faces the frightening prospect of a public flogging.
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