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Spending a night or two in a unique location, often in your own city, is nothing new. Whether you are roughing it in a sleeping bag for charity, glamping on Cockatoo Island or throwing your own backyard slumber party, the popular concept has been around for years. Taronga Park, which has conducted sleepovers at the […]

Typhoid strikes Manus

BY ALANA LEVENE A suspected outbreak of typhoid fever has struck refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island, prompting renewed calls to bring those detained there to Australia. Two men have been flown from the island to Port Moresby Hospital, and their rooms were sterilised, sources told the AAP. The cases highlighted the squalid health […]

Thousands march to #BringThemHere

BY JOAN HENSON Thousands of Sydneysiders joined national rallies on Palm Sunday to demand an end to offshore detention and that the 914 refugees on Nauru and Manus Island be resettled in Australia. Some 5,000 people marched from Belmore Park to Victoria Park in Sydney, while 21,000 people campaigned nationwide. Sydney’s rally celebrated parliament’s passage […]

Refugee Crisis, Australia’s shame

By John Moyle There are currently 27 children left on Nauru as ScoMo scrambles to rid the Federal Government of a highly emotive issue before elections next year. Even if all the children are off the island before Christmas, the episode of keeping asylum seekers and refugees in offshore detention will be a blight that […]

Mardi Gras pride not for all

By Michael Hitch Rainbow flags, Drag Queens and a false sense of achievement? The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will return in 2019 to celebrate its 41st anniversary, but activists say the event is ignoring the suffering of queer refugees and forgetting its roots in protest in favour of commercialism. The theme next year […]

Refugee graffiti trial adjourned again

BY JORDAN FERMANIS The trial for Stephen Langford’s graffiti charges will enter a third instalment after being adjourned until 24 August, due to a procedural error on the part of the prosecution. Mr Langford met with demonstrators outside court on Wednesday 27 July to again pressure government to close both offshore detention facilities on Nauru […]


We were doing a bit of spring cleaning the other day and came across a pile of old postcards – remember them? Those funny little bits of cardboard that people used to post long before emails, Facebook and Instagram. One of the quaint old cards really caught our eye. It was posted from Nauru, way […]

Detention centre profits sour Biennale

Artists, activists, and members of the public are calling for a boycott of the Sydney Biennale after the parent company of the art festival’s major sponsor announced it would be managing welfare services for overseas detention centres. The Biennale’s main sponsor is the Transfield Foundation, a joint philanthropic venture between Transfield Holdings and Transfield Services, […]