Posts Tagged ‘Refugee Rights Action Network’

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This is our meme – in the notes below we’ve provided links to share it around on Facebook and Twitter.

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On this episode we discuss themes of refugee rights and animal rights in the Paddington movie. We discuss the article ‘Why the new Paddington movie is really an asylum seeker story’, read a review of the movie from an immigration lawyer, as well as promoting the Free Paddington Facebook page by the Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) and the #FreePaddington hashtag. In our discussion on Paddington and animal rights, we encouraged people to watch the video ‘Death Row’, which shows the fear animals face before they are slaughtered, in a non-graphic way.

We have done a few memes relating to the movie, which we encourage people to share around. You can share around our meme on Paddington and refugees (pictured above) on Facebook and Twitter. We also saw a great pro-migrant Paddington meme, which we encourage people to share on Facebook and Twitter. You can also share our meme on the Paddington movie and adopting companion animals on Facebook and Twitter.

We start off the episode by discussing the horrible new laws regarding asylum seekers that our government has introduced (yet again!). For analysis of these laws, check out the Guardian, New Matilda and ChilOut. We also mention the opposition to the new laws from Jacqui Lambie and other Senators.

Other stuff covered is: getting active for refugees, incrementally moving towards a borderless world, Karl Stefanovic becomes a ‘social justice warrior’ and takes down Abbott, the campaign against the East-West Link is successful, and the true meaning of the Washington Redskins.

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Senator Sarah-Hanson YoungThe Immigration Minister is a Sociopath’, The PresetsMy People, Paddington  preview, Legally Brown ‘Series 1, Episode 8’, Austin PowersBBC World ServiceThe True Meaning of the Washington Redskins’, Serj TankianBorders Are…’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features our closing discussion on gradually moving towards the free movement of people around the world, here: Incrementally Moving Towards A Borderless World. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.



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This episode has an interview with Clare Middlemas and Nathan Verney from Refugee Rights Action Network WA on their convergence to Leonora Detention Centre and refugee rights generally. We also discuss Serco, the private company who runs Australian detention centres for asylum seekers. We start off the episode with some updates on Australian politics and same-sex marriage, including: Gillard wins the leadership battle but still refuses to support same-sex marriage, Wayne Swan’s article on the super-rich in The Monthly, the article ‘6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying’, good news and bad news for same-sex rights in the Queensland election, and Bolt supports same-sex marriage. We finish the episode by encouraging everyone to sign this petition to support Australian journalist Austin Mackell, who is facing bogus charges in Egypt. You can find out more about his case by listening to an interview with him here and reading articles about the case here, here, here, and here.

Book Recommendation:
The Hunger Games – read an article about the political themes in this series here and check out the website Hunger is Not a Game here.


Myq Kaplan ‘Bigotry is Confusing’, Chumbawamba ‘Homophobia’, The Telegraph ‘Australian politician caught using speech from Michael Douglas film’, The Office (UK) ‘Season 1, Episode 3’, Katters Australian Party ‘Anti-Gay Television Advertisement’, Sydney Morning Herald ‘Bob Katter’s Brother to Star in Gay Marriage Ad’, GetUp! ‘Our response to Bob Katter’, Lagwagon from the album ‘Live in a Dive’, Austin Powers, Justin Sane ‘Thanks for the Letter’, Anti-Flag ‘Mummia’s Song’.