Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Go, Go, Galloway!

This posting is a bit after the event, but if you haven't already heard about the rhetorical hand grenade this independent scottish MP tossed into the US senate hearing on the Iraq 'oil for food' investigation, you're in for a treat! (unless you're a GOP supporter).

They wanted his hide, so he gave them theirs!
'Now why can't the democrats do that?' appears to be the general reaction
Why, indeed?

Thursday, May 26, 2005


Originally uploaded by arf.
Several reasons why I have been a bit quiet on the blogging front:
  • I have been busy at work (still am, so this won't be long)
  • I haven't actually been quiet, but visiting (and contributing to) other forums.
  • I've been experimenting with my new toy (a Canon Ixus 500). One of the early results is displayed here:

For an off the cuff snapshot, I thought the resolution quite astonishing. It easily scales up to an A4 print, and this was on medium resolution. For high res (5Mpx) a tripod is definitely called for!

Anyway, I've got a few things brewing, so more later...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

A New Hope

It would seem that Howard's little 'Fortress Australis' is starting to show a few cracks, with several of his backbenchers now openly supporting a private members' bill* to dismantle the current policy of mandatory and indefinite detention of illegal immigrants.

High time, too! The current policy makes a mockery of any claim Australia may have of being a just and humane society.

Apart from issues of common decency, there have been a couple of incidents recently that demonstrate just how badly a policy of intolerance can bite you. At least two Australian citizens have been caught up in the detention gulags. One, a schizophrenic, another a Filipino lady who was deported four years ago.

The only reason these came to light was through the ongoing investigations of concerned relatives.

Out of sight, out of mind.


Release those with unresolved claims in detention for more than a year. Release parents and children unless they pose a danger to the public or are likely to abscond. Give those on temporary protection visas permanent protection. Offer permanent protection after three years to those whose claims are rejected but cannot be returned.

Replace mandatory detention with "targeted detention subject to judicial review". Limit initial detention for new arrivals without visas to 90 days. Replace temporary protection with permanent protection for those found to be refugees.