Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Refugees: Mandatory detention horror ends

Refugee groups say the Federal Government's decision to soften its policy on the mandatory detention of asylum seekers will put an end to a sad chapter of Australia's history.

The Government today announced it would use detention only as a last resort, giving refugees the right to live in the community while their claim is being processed.

The director of the Australian Refugee Association, Kevin Liston, says while the changes are welcome, the previous treatment of asylum seekers will not easily be forgotten.

"So many people who have already come through that asylum seeker process, having spent time in places like Woomera and Baxter, have been damaged for life and they have huge problems in terms of integrating in the community and becoming citizens as a result of the experiences they have endured," he said.

GetUp, which has been campaigning for an end to mandatory detention, called for firm legislation to set the new policy in stone.

"This Government must ensure that no change of heart or government can turn this policy around," executive director Brett Solomon said.

"Only by amending the Migration Act itself will the presumption of detention be reversed."

Monday, July 28, 2008


Monday, July 21, 2008

Neilson: Melbourne Art Fair

Peter Neilson (http://peterneilson.net/)
Myths, Fairytales and Legends: All our memories in a ditch so deep

and after passing all the rooms, to meet together at the head of the stairs: the family
2007-8 oil on linen 220 x 220 cm (two panels)

New works for the Melbourne Art Fair 2008

Friday 25 July 2008 6pm to 8pm
35 Derby Street Collingwood Victoria 3066
+61 3 9417 4303


Peter Neilson Stand C42

31 July - 3 August 2008
Australian Galleries
Melbourne Art Fair 2008
Royal Exhibition Building Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

Thought dreams, seen

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

Sunday, July 13, 2008


that six letter acronym again!


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

CHELSEA space: A Riot of Our Own

Curated by Carol Tulloch:
From July 2nd to August 2nd CHELSEA space will be hosting A Riot of Our Own, a show of Syd Shelton's and Ruth Gregory's archive of the Rock Against Racism movement from 1976-1981 including their publication Temporary Hoarding and Syd's iconic photographs.


Saturday, July 05, 2008

Friday, July 04, 2008

Sydney: a Biennale walk

pull up a bollard!

dead end stairway


Illawarra flame

double dead end stairway!

six letter acronym (metropolitan water sewerage & drainage board)

an official form of street art?

stone the crows!

Stanmore: night and day