Nauru

‘Protection Denied, Abuse Condoned’: Words with Professor Carmen Lawrence

‘’It is on every front: discrimination, hostility, abuse, indefinite detention, uncertainty… It’s a toxic mix for any human being, and to me, it is surprising that more refugees and asylum seekers haven’t attempted suicide.’’ Co-author of the recently-released 'Protection Denied, Abuse Condoned: Women on Nauru at Risk', Professor Carmen Lawrence talks with Pelican on the report’s findings, as well as the possibility of a more empathic alternative to Australia’s brutal response to the international humanitarian crisis.

How Far are we Willing to Go?

The Australian Government's offshore processing policy - introduced under Rudd and currently holding bipartisan support - is a project to side-step our humanitarian obligations by dumping the victims of global conflict into some of the most hopeless, isolated, and remote circumstances any individual could face. Ed Smith writes on the financial and human costs of this hard line strategy of so-called deterrence, and finds them hard to stomach.