Unarmed truth

After getting back from Canberra last weekend, I went to a dinner to mark the retirement of Tony Kelly, one of my lecturers from when I studied Social Work at the University of Queensland. His focus is community development, which is something I always felt was linked to but separate from most aspects of the…

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Update: Chen comments withdrawn

My previous item expressing concern at some threatening comments about Chen Yonglin on a website run by Chinese students in Australia has led to the site being shut down by the site’s administrator. He explains his action in the comments section of the previous entry. I saw this development whilst checking my site on a…

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Serious Threats or just false bravado?

Chen Yonglin’s request for asylum is an issue which quite understandably has become a cause celebre for many people, and I am wary of his interests being put secondary to the consequential issues people are raising. If the reports of how DIMIA initially handled his claim are even half-true, I don’t blame him at all…

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China cracksdown further on bloggers

China’s poor record on human rights and the threats to dissidents have been receiving a rare degree of serious attention from the mainstream media following the defection of Chinese Consul official Chen Yonglin. It should be mentioned that there are many other asylum seekers in Australia whose cases aren’t in the public domain (and it…

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