The day after the federal election was called, I met Pushpanayaki, a Tamil mother with two children, in Sunshine in Melbourne’s western suburbs. She witnessed the Sri Lankan army murder tens of thousands of people in 2009, during the final days of its war against our people. Pushpanayaki fled the genocide with her husband; they came to Australia as refugees.
Victorian Socialists Senate candidate Aran Mylvaganam's speech to the party’s 2022 federal election campaign launch at Trades Hall on 19 March.
Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election was held on 5 August, 75 percent of the country’s 16 million voters casting ballots. War criminal former President Mahinda Rajapaksa led the Sri Lanka People’s Front (SLPP) to a decisive victory, winning 145 of the legislature’s 225 seats—five seats short of the two-thirds majority required to amend the constitution. Rajapaksa is expected to form an alliance with another party to secure the numbers needed to expand the powers of the current president, Mahinda’s brother Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who was elected last year.
A Federal Court ruling today that a two-year-old Tamil child was “not afforded procedural fairness” is a small victory for a refugee family from Biloela, Queensland, and an acknowledgement that they have been poorly treated by the federal government. An injunction against their deportation remains in place.
A riot in Yongah Hill in Western Australia has again highlighted the appalling conditions in asylum seeker detention centres.
We have lost a friend, comrade and fighter for social justice.