Kate Orman's Writing CV
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Books read, 2016
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Fiction
Neal Stephenson. Seveneves.

Non-Fiction
Dean Buonomano. Brain Bugs: How the brain's flaws shape our lives.
Kevin Warwick. Artificial Intelligence: the Basics.

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Refugee Update
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Lots of caution is needed around the report of the five-year-old asylum seeker allegedly raped on Nauru. The Department of Immigration has stated that this crime is a "figment". All that has happened is that certain quotes regarding a twelve-year-old boy, who was allegedly raped, were misreported as referring to a five-year-old child, who was allegedly sexually assaulted in some way not involving penetration (the Department's phrase is "skin to skin contact"). "Our source, the treating doctor told our reporters about two cases. One was an older child. The doctor stands by her statement that this child was allegedly raped on Nauru. She also told our reporters about another of her patients, a five-year-old who was allegedly sexually assaulted on Nauru. Our story incorrectly used quotes about the older child in referring to the younger child." (ABC, 9 February 2015) Not to worry - as the Daily Telegraph's front cover informed us yesterday, the kiddies on Nauru will be getting a brightly coloured playground!

Immigration detention 'not the right place' for children: Border Force's chief doctor (GA, 9 February 2016)

WA offers to take deportee children destined for Nauru (The West Australian, 9 February 2016)

First Draft of Strange Flesh Part One, Chapters 1-6
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Asylum seekers could be deported to Nauru 'within days': Immigration Department secretary (ABC, 8 February 2016)

Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, and the ACT have all joined Victoria and NSW in extending support to the asylum seekers in danger of being returned.

Asylum seekers to be returned to Nauru suffering from cancer and terminal illnesses (SMH, 8 February 2016) Immigration Department head Michael Pezzullo stated that returns would be on a case-by-case basis, not all at once. He also stated that media reports of a five-year-old boy being raped were a distortion of some sort of indecent assault of a child over ten by another child. Wow, that's a relief.

St Vincent's and Calvary to support to asylum seekers wanting church sanctuary (SMH, 8 February 2016)

Manus Island and Nauru detention centre operator contract extended (GA, 8 February 2016)

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Premier Daniel Andrews tells Malcolm Turnbull that Victoria will take asylum seekers (The Age, 6 February 2016): Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has written to the Prime Minister offering to 'accept full responsibility' for the asylum seekers who face being sent back to the remote island of Nauru in the wake of this week's High Court decision. In a letter to Malcolm Turnbull – posted on Mr Andrews' Facebook page and Twitter account on Saturday – the Labor premier told the Prime Minister that Victoria would gladly take on the families and children rather than have them return to 'a life of physical and emotional trauma' in immigration detention."

NSW Government 'prepared to help' with Nauru asylum seekers if Canberra asks (ABC, 7 February 2016) I thought this was a bit wet until I remember that Daniels is ALP and Baird is a Lib.

There are hundreds of bookmarks in my browser that I have never managed to post. Here are a few.

Asylum seekers – is there a better way? (SMH, 30 January 2016) Large-scale, long-term, international solutions are needed to get refugees to safety. Those solutions are being worked out, and Australia needs to commit to being a part of them.

Why did Fazel Chegeni Nejad have to die? (ABC, 28 January 2016): "Late last year Iranian refugee Fazel Chegeni was found dead outside the perimeter fence of the Christmas Island detention facility. Chegeni, whose claim for refugee status had been accepted by Australian authorities, had been brutally tortured by the Iranian regime, and was mentally ill. So why did he spend his last thousand days in detention?"

Australia stops boats but not criticism (Budapest Times, 24 January 2016) "Hungary has been in international headlines for months over the government’s hardline policy on migrants, but is not alone in rejecting asylum seekers. On the opposite side of the globe is a country on top of the human development index, with utopian unemployment rates and economic stability. And Australia also has a similar track record on the processing of asylum seekers... Even Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán remains unimpressed. In October he slammed Australia for not doing its job to stem the flow of migrants." Our selfishness and lawlessness is an excuse for others.

See the two full moons
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1. Don't be a science fiction writer. Or if you must be one, don't make up planets with seventy-nine hour days and two moons. The effort required just to tell what time of day it is is exhausting.

2. I wonder if Joe from Gatchaman has such a terrible temper, in constant contrast to Ken's self-control, because he's half-gaijin.

Refugee Update
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Elderly Iranian asylum seeker could face death in detention, son fears (ABC, 6 February 2016): "A young Iranian asylum seeker, who could return to Nauru with his family, is worried his mother will die in immigration detention.The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the news broke his 70-year-old mother, who is the oldest woman in detention."

High Court ruling: Silence falls as Manus Island detainees' hopes for justice are dashed (SMH, 6 February 2016) A first-person account by Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island for 31 months.

Refugees may face monitoring and further restrictions, leaked document suggests (GA, 6 February 2016)

Complementary protection changes akin to using 'hammer to crack a lentil' - lawyer (SMH, 6 February 2016)

Asylum seekers: 23 vessels turned back but Coalition stays silent on payments (GA, 6 February 2016) | Senior officials refuse to answer questions on payments to people smugglers (ABC, 6 February 2016) | Conflicting stories at cash-for-turnbacks inquiry (SMH, 6 February 2016) "I'd call that a big 'yes'."

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'You say you are saving our lives, but you are killing us': Young asylum seeker's plea to Malcolm Turnbull (SMH, 5 February 2016)

Children who fear return to Nauru have attempted suicide, say paediatricians (GA, 4 February 2016)

'Nauru is the end of our life': asylum seeker describes despair after high court decision (4 February 2016)

Church leaders risk potential jail time by offering sanctuary to asylum seekers (ABC, 4 February 2016) | Sanctuary offered to asylum seekers facing removal to offshore detention by churches across Australia (ABC, 4 February 2016) | Churches outside the law when offering sanctuary to asylum seekers (SMH, 5 February 2016): Professor Constant Mews, the director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology at Monash University: "In the Middle Ages, sanctuary developed as a way particularly of those seeking refuge from unjust imprisonment" but was legally abolished in England in 1624, although "there was a still a recognition that churches did constitute a sacred space. It was a place where armed guards [and] security forces could not go in with impunity." University of NSW law professor George Williams: "Australian churches were "really asserting a moral claim" and potentially calling the government's bluff following the High Court decision".

Leaked Government document outlines tougher migration program, increased monitoring of refugees (ABC 5 February 2016)

Border Force head to face questions on alleged payment to people smugglers (GA, 5 February 2016): "Major General Andrew Bottrell will appear before Senate inquiry into alleged government payment of $32,000 to crew of asylum seeker boat in May 2015." | When government officials tell us that we don’t need to know, we should be wary (GA, 5 February 2016): "Before giving evidence to the Senate committee inquiry on Friday, Amnesty International’s Steph Cousins explains how her inquiry came to its conclusion that Australian officials paid people smugglers to return a boat to Indonesia."

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Asylum seeker mother voices fears about being returned Nauru immigration detention centre (ABC, 4 February 2016): "It's like dying."

'What if it was your wife or daughter'? Doctor pleads with politicians to save mothers and babies from Nauru fate (SMH, 4 February 2016)

Churches become potential flashpoint after offering sanctuary to asylum seekers in wake of High Court verdict (ABC, 4 February 2016): "The sanctuary principle has its roots in the Old Testament and was once enshrined in English common law but its legality has never been tested in Australia."

Churches offer sanctuary to asylum seekers facing deportation to Nauru
(GA, 4 February 2016) includes a list of churches offering sanctuary.

High Court decision puts the onus squarely on Malcolm Turnbull (SMH, 4 February 2016): "The most prudent course would be to say little and do nothing that will compound the distress of those who, after all, were only brought back to Australia because of serious mental and physical health concerns... If it really believes it can't say that vulnerable families and children will be allowed to stay in Australia, it can assess each case individually and not act in a way that will cause even more harm than has been done already."

Asylum seekers on Nauru are in a legal black hole (SMH, 4 February 2016): "In the absence of any special protections for asylum seekers in the Constitution or elsewhere, the Commonwealth can participate in offshore processing regimes so long as this is authorised by law... Once removed, their fate is put beyond Australian law and the oversight of our courts... This is true even if that state, as is the case with Nauru, is beholden to Australia, and has a dubious record of upholding the rule of law within its own borders. In such a case, asylum seekers can find themselves removed from Australia to what is in effect a legal black hole." (I can't help thinking of the CIA's "black sites".)

Alanna Maycock - Paediatric Refugee Nurse - Detention Harms Children (YouTube, 2 February 2016)

Claims of sexual abuse against children at Wickham Point detention centre under investigation, doctors say (ABC, 4 February 2016)

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