From late 2013 xBorderOps, along with other groups such as RISE: Refugees Survivors and Ex-detainees, has been running boycott and divestment campaigns against the financial and cultural supply chain of the Australian refugee detention industry.
We are reissuing the call for local and overseas visitors to respect the boycott of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) over its role in culturewashing the detention industry.
We appreciate that it is not in the interest of FODI organisers to make its detention industry connections clear, and that many speakers would have booked their attendance without a complete picture of what they were signing up to. Nevertheless, experience has shown that merely voicing one’s concerns from inside the event does not produce change. Given the information below, we ask that speakers refuse to offer the value of their work to this industry, withdraw from FODI, and make other arrangements.
Continue reading “Boycott the Festival of Dangerous Ideas (#FODI): Stop Culturewashing the Detention Industry | #DumpMolan”
Where a person is no longer loyal to Australia and its people, and engages in acts that harm Australians or Australian interests, or engages in acts that are intending to harm Australian or Australia’s interest, they have severed that bond and repudiated their allegiance to Australia. – Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015, Explanatory Memorandum.
A Roundtable Analysis of the Citizenship (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015, Sanmati Verma, Angela Mitropoulos and Anastasia Kanjere. Continue reading “The Insecure Bonds of White Australia – Citizenship (Allegiance to Australia) Bill”
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
On February 5th, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection published an invitation to tender for “Onshore Immigration Detention Services.”
It includes most of the activities of onshore ‘border protection,’ but tenders can be made for specific parts, such as deportation or internment.
This will be one to keep an eye on. Continue reading “Australia’s internment camps, Open For Business”
The link to the contract notice between the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Transfield for Operational and Maintenance Support Services for Nauru Regional Processing Centre for the sum of $302,263,702.00. We await news of a finalised contract.