The Security State

By | November 19th, 2018|LRO 105|

Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers has for years been unremittingly brutal. It isn’t because those seeking asylum are criminals, since to seek asylum is not a crime; and it isn’t because those arriving by boat lack grounds for seeking refuge, since over 80% are eventually assessed as being legitimate refugees. The conditions under which the [...]

Barbarians at the Gates of Speech

By | November 27th, 2015|LRO 10|

It is a signifier that resonates in the deepest echo-chamber of Europe’s self-understanding, bequeathed to us as it is - along with philosophy, rhetoric and democratic ideals - by the culture of the ancient Greeks. Already there, half a millennia before Christ, ‘barbarism’ was doing a great deal of symbolic work. Certainly it invoked the [...]

Another Kind of DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors)

By | October 2nd, 2015|LRO 02|

“According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data, the Department of Homeland Security deported 414,481 people in fiscal year 2014, down from 438,421 the year before.”1 This drop in numbers may be due in part to the deferments by the Dream Act. In June 2012 President Obama initiated the well-known Dream Act, officially named Deferred [...]