Children detained indefinitely in Queensland watch-houses

Reeshan Zakiyya An alarming number of children are being held in Queensland police watch-houses for long periods, according to data tabled in the Queensland parliament. Children as young as 11 have been detained for up to five days at a time with no exercise or visitation rights. Hundreds of young people...CONTINUE READING

Working class migrant families take a hit 

Reeshan Zakiyya Working class migrants will find it harder to reunite with family and to support elderly relatives after changes passed in the 2016 and 2017 federal budgets come into effect. To prove that they can financially support family members, migrants’ incomes must be double the previous requiremen...CONTINUE READING

Manus refugees still suffering

Reeshan Zakiyya Behrouz Boochani, a journalist and detainee in Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island detention centre, says the conditions for refugees are worse than ever. Last year, the men were beaten with iron bars and bussed to three newly constructed detention camps in the eastern part of Lorengau, the ma...CONTINUE READING

A new arms race?

Reeshan Zakiyya The global arms trade has reached the highest level since the end of the Cold War, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. This is a reflection of both current conflicts and rising tensions between nations. Between 2012 and 2016, the United States was responsible...CONTINUE READING

Abortion should not be a crime

Reeshan Zakiyya A pro-choice crowd of 400 rallied in the afternoon shade outside the Queensland parliament on 16 February. Hand-drawn placards declared, “It’s not 1899” and “If abortion is a crime, then jail me now!” Abortion remains a serious offence under Queensland criminal law. Women can face up to se...CONTINUE READING

US ‘refugee swap’ is human trafficking dressed up as humanism

Reeshan Zakiyya The Turnbull-Obama refugee deal is an exercise in human trafficking that further cements the Australian government’s record of human rights abuses. It is a “one-time deal” in which an unknown number of refugees in Australia’s offshore detention facilities will be eligible for resettlement...CONTINUE READING

No money for welfare, plenty for misery

Reeshan Zakiyya The Liberals’ $6 billion omnibus bill will turn student scholarships into loans, crack down on aged care and withhold welfare from new migrants. But immigration minister Peter Dutton has plenty to bankroll the torture of refugees. UNICEF Australia and Save the Children have compiled a repo...CONTINUE READING

Death threats over cupcake sale at UQ

Reeshan Zakiyya The organisers of a university Feminist Week cupcake sale last week received rape and death threats. The University of Queensland Union and the Women’s Collective organised the sale to highlight the gender pay gap in Australia. Men were charged $1 for a cupcake. Women were charged dependin...CONTINUE READING

Wage cutting 101

Reeshan Zakiyya The University of Queensland is offering a one-day “outsourcing and offshoring” course to the heads of small and medium-sized companies. For only $979, participants in the Global Resourcing Phenomenon will be let in on the “learnings” of Aimee and Mark Engelmann, CEOs of a Brisbane-based o...CONTINUE READING