Quizzically Musing

Watching the madness

Not In Our Name

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Getup has launched a campaign to stop Australia sending children to Malaysia as part of the “asylum seeker solution”.

I am proud to put my name to the cause and it is somewhere amongst these 31,654 names.

Not in our name

Not in our name

I quote from the email sent to me by GetUp:

To see it all you need to do is grab a copy of The Age. The ad also appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday. You might need a magnifying glass to see your name but that’s a good thing. It means that the response was so overwhelming that we could only fit in everyone’s names by squeezing them in with small font.


You may have also heard that on Sunday the High Court put an injunction on the Malaysia deal. This will temporarily halt the transfer of asylum seekers to Malaysia. The final outcome of the case may still be weeks away but this is exciting news and you can read more about the court case by clicking here.

We must stop this happening.  Join the cause!





Written by Robyn Dunphy

August 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm

4 Responses

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  1. I’m glad you are able to get the word out. And to do beyond words, something about it. Just looking at the picture of that boy. While authorities argue about the meaning of words and the color of red tape, that boy has feelings and hurts, and a life.


    August 17, 2011 at 2:31 am

    • Exactly. The whole situation is totally inhumane and an abdication of our responsibilities as a nation.

      Team Oyeniyi

      August 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm

  2. I agree with you, they should be allowed to stay in Australia. They do the same thing to people from Haiti here in the USA and it is wrong, in my opinion. The Cubans are allowed to stay if they can reach the coast by boat, but the Haitians are sent back to Haiti. The Cubans are allowed to stay because Cuba is considered a communist country and the USA will give them asylum. But Haiti is so poor that the people seeking a better life in the USA should be allowed to stay.


    August 16, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    • This is a strategy to deter people smugglers – or so they say. We have a strange situation – The Minister for Immigration is ALSO the legal guardian of any unaccompanied minor asylum seekers. So he is supposed to police and protect at the same time.

      Thank you for visiting and for your support! 🙂

      As your example shows – things are not logical. Of course, in your example the Haitians will be classified as “economic refugees” (i.e. not real refugees), while those fleeing from communism are classed as “real” refugees. It is a tragic situation.

      Team Oyeniyi

      August 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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