WL Aus 49

Workers' Liberty #49

Click here to download pdf. Read some articles online: The ALP and religion in schools The Victorian state election and the ALP Real estate, race, and the ALP

Australia’s shame: second asylum seeker suicide in two months

An Iraqi asylum seeker, Ahmad, committed suicide at Villawood detention centre on Monday November 15. Fellow detainees found the man hanging in a bathroom and took him down. It took 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. Ahmad was 41 years old and had a wife and four children. He’d been in detention, on Christmas Island and in Villawood, for over a year. He had been rejected twice under off-shore processing arrangements found to be invalid in a recent High Court decision. “We’re shocked and very upset,” said one detainee, “People are crying. He knew about the High Court [decision] but there is...

Union organisation for backpackers!

Australia makes up for its relatively liberal immigration laws in several ways. One is a contempt for the human rights of asylum seekers, resulting in overcrowded detention centres and scapegoating of 'boat people' in its general elections. Another is designing its visa system so as to ensure an endless supply of cheap labour from backpackers wishing to stay in the country an extra year. Working Holiday visas are easily accessible for Europeans, Koreans and Japanese; healthy 18-30 year-olds can work for up to six months under one employer and come and go as they please for twelve months for a...

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