The refugee detention centre on Manus Island has a long history of violence and cover ups, with the latest reports alleging a young woman was raped by ex-pat security guards, while a young man lost his hand in a machete attack. An investigation has been launched, however the guards in question have been sent away, denying the investigation their testimony. I spoke to Ian Rintoul, an advocate with the Refugee Action Collective, about this situation, and what could be done.
It’s been going on for nearly a week now, spawning innumerable memes and much public discussion, and it even has its own name: choppergate. When Bronwyn Bishop used taxpayer money to charter that top-of-the-line helicopter for transport, you have to wonder if she realised the public outcry that would follow. I spoke to Greens senator and democracy spokesperson Lee Rhiannon about the Greens stance on this, as well as their recommendations for resolving it.
Youth homelessness is on the rise, both in Brisbane and nationally. In light of this, why hasn’t the Queensland government signed off on the latest federal homelessness funding? Adam Barnes, Program Manager of the Homelessness and Housing Team for Brisbane Youth Services, talked about this, as well as ways to combat youth homelessness rates.