Is it time for doctors to make a stand on detention?

The ‘detention industry’ – the private infrastructure that supports and implements the government’s policy of mandatory detention – is booming, and it’s time for all of us to start talking about how our actions, big and small, legitimise a system that we know causes serious harm to the health of so many.  Continue reading “Is it time for doctors to make a stand on detention?”
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Is it time for doctors to make a stand on detention?

Collated links for 19th Biennale of Sydney Boycott

schainCall outs and arguments in favour of the boycott

Statements of support and intent to boycott

Collated links for 19th Biennale of Sydney Boycott

Joostice backs boycott of Sydney Biennale

18/2/14

We write this open letter to join in the call for a boycott of the 19th Biennale of Sydney. We encourage artists and audiences to stand up for what is right and help disrupt a supply chain that profits from human misery. Continue reading “Joostice backs boycott of Sydney Biennale”

Joostice backs boycott of Sydney Biennale

The Biennale boycott and diversity of tactics*

[UPDATE: please note that links to this article were previously being blocked and deleted from Facebook. This now appears to have been fixed.]

On Monday night, 17 February, a meeting was held at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney to discuss Transfield’s involvement in the 19th Biennale of Sydney. Despite the intensity and diversity of opinions at play it seems fair to say that a productive discussion was had. Credit for this must go to the organiser Zanny Begg, facilitator Wenny, and all those who participated.

In my view, a key achievement of the meeting was to clarify the relation between Transfield and the Biennale. Despite the distinctions that the Biennale and Transfield have made between different corporate entities the record of documents we saw indicates that Transfield as a whole is managed as a brand whose philanthropic arm is used to offset the risks involved in its commercial activities. Continue reading “The Biennale boycott and diversity of tactics*”

The Biennale boycott and diversity of tactics*

The Biennale boycott and diversity of tactics

[UPDATE: please note that links to this article were previously being blocked and deleted from Facebook. This now appears to have been fixed.]

On Monday night, 17 February, a meeting was held at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney to discuss Transfield’s involvement in the 19th Biennale of Sydney. Despite the intensity and diversity of opinions at play it seems fair to say that a productive discussion was had. Credit for this must go to the organiser Zanny Begg, facilitator Wenny, and all those who participated. Continue reading “The Biennale boycott and diversity of tactics”

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Taking the risk for a world without internment camps

As discussions about the sponsorship of the Sydney Biennale quickly turned to calls for a boycott, as various articles appeared in arts media on the boycott and elsewhere on Transfield, as open letters were sent by participants in the Biennale to its Board requesting they sever their ties to Transfield and, not least, as these discussions were taking place against the backdrop of terrible events—including one death—at the Australian Government’s detention centre on Manus Island, the question that kept emerging in various ways throughout these conversations has been that of risk

Continue reading “Taking the risk for a world without internment camps”

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Why I will be Boycotting the 2014 Sydney Biennale

Art critic, Ruth Skilbeck explains her reasons for boycotting the 19th Sydney Biennale.

You imagine what you desire. The semantic ambiguity of the Biennale title shows the waffle of postmodernist rhetorical relativity, as the cover-up for neo-liberalism (and fascist) policy that it enables, and the cynicism behind it.

Read her letter

Follow Ruth’s diary of the boycott

Why I will be Boycotting the 2014 Sydney Biennale