ID #32517

Name: Izzy
Age: 16
Country: Australia

Hello x

I absolutely love travelling and exploring but on the other hand also sleeping and spend 6 hours on Tumblr in bed. i’m a pretty massive fangirl and my music taste is quite weird it a good mixture! i love harry styles, catfish and the bottlemen, the 1975, the jonas brothers, ed sheeran, ariana grande SO MANY MORE I CANT NAME. It’s weird i have an obsession with british accents haha i just love how people talk with them, i hate my accent

i am a concertholic, i love the vibes and i love going at 5am in the morning to wait all day for the artist and meeting people who share the love for that band/artist

i went on exchange to the united states of america, WHICH WAS SO AMAZING! i went for 6 months and loved it, lOVED THE FOOD!!

i’ve just started recently learning to play the guitar! i really want to post covers on youtube :)

Preferences: Age: Under 20

Hey #Sydney #Australia! 🇦🇺 So excited to be coming back Down Under! I will be doing an Exclusive Meet & Greet for the launch of my new #RoseRushFragrance. Proudly sponsored by #ChemistWarehouse & hosted by Roxy Jacenko. You can be one of the 1st in Australia to purchase the perfume, get autograph & we will take photos together
WHEN: Thursday, November 30th
WHERE: Level 2 at the Chemist Warehouse at The Birkenhead Point
TIME: 4pm, queue opens at 10am. @WellnessAustralia

#sosmanus

I am deeply, incredibly, monumentally angry over the events that have taken place on Manus Island since Halloween.


Australia shut down the concentration camp (let’s call it what it is) on the 31st of October and told the people seeking asylum there that they could move to new facilities. At the same time, they cut power, water, food supplies and medical assistance, leaving over 400 men - including about 20 queer refugees, who face up to 14 years further imprisonment if they are discovered to be engaging in sex - to survive in the best way they could.


The problem? Those facilities weren’t finished. They’re still not built, and services definitely aren’t ready. And then there’s the fact that elements of the local populous have been openly hostile to the presence of asylum seekers on their island. A refugee has already been murdered by the locals. There could be more soon.


These people that Australia imprisoned have, over the last few weeks, been left to dig wells for water (filled with rubbish and oil by authorities) scavenge for food (spoiled by tropical conditions) and to drink literally ridiculous amounts of coffee in a desperate attempt to replicate their mental health medication.


Oh yeah, they’re all - all, mind you, every single person - dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD and all other kinds of mental health problems specifically because they’ve been kept in a camp for four years under the auspices of our inhumane and callous indefinite detention regime.


Yesterday and today many of these refugees, worn down by years of state-sanctioned psychological torture, were evicted by force from the camp. They were beaten with metal rods by local police. Dragged over stony ground. Kicked and punched until they submitted.


The prize-winning journalist Behrouz Boochani was yesterday forcibly taken from the camp, handcuffed for hours to a fence, at the back of the facility, and had all of his possessions broken and destroyed before eventually being released into one of the new unfinished facilities. He was taken along with about forty other refugees that had been reporting to news agencies and sharing updates via Twitter and Facebook (often through intermediaries). I want to make that explicit - they were taken into custody for reporting on the conditions at the Australian-run concentration camp.


Our country has treated these people abysmally. I can’t even find the words strong enough to condemn it, because nothing seems to adequately cover it. It’s horrendous. It’s heartbreaking. It’s highly illegal.


Australia has deliberately and obstinately ignored and flouted our obligations to the UN charter of human rights and refugee conventions. That makes the government of this country complicit in crimes against humanity. It’s that clear cut.


Labor opened these camps, admittedly with the intention of relocating the refugees on Manus and Nauru as soon as they could. The Coalition, under Tony fucking Abbott, implemented the current indefinite detention regime. But make no mistake. All members of parliament who voted to allow this heinous miscarriage of justice to take place are complicit.


Public opinion, meanwhile, is split and painfully so. You can’t see a news item published by our media without also seeing hundreds of comments suggesting that we should collectively “have no mercy” and “ignore these bludgers”. Meanwhile those of us on the progressive side of politics are desperate to cut through the propaganda but unable to cohesively distil our message for all the hatred we face for even empathising with desperate people.


And while we sit back and talk, in all our comfort, these men on Manus Island are broken and some are near death. They don’t have time for us to debate and they certainly don’t have the ability to fight back.


These men legitimately fear for their lives. They stayed in the concentration camp because the fences protected them. This was not a politically-motivated protest, as some horrible people (including the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Supremely Shitty Human Being Peter Dutton) have attempted to explain. The last few weeks have been about survival. It’s that simple.


This country has failed the men on Manus. It’s hateful policy and a human rights disaster. If you’re not angry, distressed or even concerned then you fucking well should be. With a disastrously inhuman lack of political will in Parliament, it is incumbent on us, as citizens in a privileged country, to stand up and say that this barbarous treatment is not done in our name, and that we stand against it in the name of humanity and compassion.


Staying silent or arguing otherwise makes you just as complicit as our politicians.