Mar 27 2015

Tony Abbott’s Abuses of Australia’s Asylum Seekers and Aboriginal Peoples

GUEST: Dr Binoy Kampmark is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies…

Australia is considered one of the US’s main allies in the English speaking world. But the conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s increasingly belligerent rhetoric on a number of policy fronts has made him an embarrassing bedfellow of the West.

On top of his vehement climate denialism, Abbott has recently been criticized for the appalling treatment of imprisoned asylum seekers that are held on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus. Mistreatment of prisoners includes sexual abuse, rape, and physical assault. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, singled out Australia for its abuse of children asylees in particular, to which Prime Minister Abbott responded that he was “sick of being lectured to.”

Abbott has also come under fire recently for policies and comments targeting his nation’s indigenous population. His administration has pushed severe cuts to Aboriginal legal services. Those cuts were just reversed after public outrage. But comments that Abbott made earlier in the month underscore the poor relations his government has had with indigenous communities. Abbott claimed it was not the responsibility of tax payers to subsidize the “lifestyle choices” of aboriginal people who live on remote lands and need services.

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GUEST: …Dr. Kampmark teaches within the Bachelor of Social Science (Legal and Dispute Studies) program at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He writes for Counterpunch.org.

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2 Responses to “Tony Abbott’s Abuses of Australia’s Asylum Seekers and Aboriginal Peoples”

  1. Donna maria Morelloon 27 Mar 2015 at 10:30 pm

    We do not want illegal raghead stinken Muslims in Australia they bludge cause trouble and suck on welfare I hope the boats of illegal migrants sink

  2. leeon 27 Mar 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Donna you are a nasty piece of work. Essentially you are saying you do not care if people, even children, drown at sea. Indeed ypu wish they would. Do you have children? Do you really wish for the deayh of a small babe or child? You do not represent Australians, you only represent a small number of Australians. Australians of the type that i would not trust with my life. If you can wish death on a child, then please show me a photo of yourself so that I may ensure that I never turn my back on you. You cannot be trusted to value life And not harm others.

    Do you understand what you are saying? If you honestly do wish people, including children, would die at sea, then there is little difference in who you are, between yourself and someone doing time for the abuse or children or the murder of an adult. People who go on to murder others, started with thoughts such as yours.