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Young human being making her way through life.

I wear Fezes now. Fezes are cool.

"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff." - The Doctor

Sophia. 20 something, German and Dutch heritage, but grew up in Australia for more than 18 years of my 20 something years of life. I'm an arts/economics student, majoring in awesome majors.

Music. Nonviolence. Love. Compassion. Photography. Volunteering. Social Justice.


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#australia

khudgarz-parinda:

it gives me hope that there are Australians out there who truly believe that seeking asylum is not illegal.

http://sorryasylumseekers.com/

And I am very truly sorry that politicians of my country think that seeking asylum is illegal and are mistreating asylum seekers. I cant believe I am saying this but I am ashamed of being called an Australian atm. But we have the power to vote and we will vote for your rights and we won’t stop until you are given proper treatment and refuge in this welcoming country. #notinmyname

I too am truly sorry that politicians of my country think that seeking asylum is illegal and are mistreating asylum seekers.

Australia | Gyroscope

This song means a lot to me. This song, (basically the whole album) was sometimes the only thing that could minimise (or get rid off for a time being) my homesickness for the beach, for the Australian nature, for the Australian culture, for my family, when I was living overseas for 1.5 years.

I can safely say we feel as safe as we 
Lest we forget those who die, I never will
Such a perfect island, tucked away in the sea
The real land of the free, do you hear me

It’s a long way home my crooked friend
But I do appreciate the time we spent
It’s a long, long way back home.
Such a long, long way back home.


There are times where my English fails me, and all I can do is yell at my screen in German. 
I will not repeat what I yelled, but to say I’m angry and disappointed is an understatement.
Right now, I’m ashamed to call myself Australian. 

There are times where my English fails me, and all I can do is yell at my screen in German. 


I will not repeat what I yelled, but to say I’m angry and disappointed is an understatement.


Right now, I’m ashamed to call myself Australian. 

artofjournalism:

This statement was placed on Channel 9 News facebook page, and let me clarify this statement as it is clearly wrong.
First off, we’ve seen these numbers before - in a email, which snopes have debunked nearly 5 years ago in 2007, BUT instead of it being in Australian dollars, it was in American dollars. This hoax email, which originated in Canada, was clarified not only by snopes.com but also by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship back in 2009. Here is a statement from the DIAC about the claimed differences in payments:

Asylum seekers in Australia, who have not yet had their protection claims decided, have no access to Centrelink benefits.
Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme payments to eligible asylum seekers and allowances paid to people in community detention on Christmas Island are paid 89 per cent of the Centrelink Newstart allowance – less than the aged pension.
In Australia, refugees granted permanent visas may gain access to benefits on the same basis and at the same rates as other Australian permanent residents. There is no separate rate of benefit payments for refugees.

Also, on a side note, it is not illegal to seek asylum in Australia, even if arriving by boat and therefore is factually incorrect to label them as illegal refugees.
Once they have been recognised and are given either a Refugee or a Protection Visa, which grants them the rights like any other Australian citizen, and that includes Centrelink. So seeing that there is no different or ‘special’ payments to refugees, how much do they get?
The Refugee Council states that, a single person with no dependent children who is eligible for the Newstart Allowance (whether or not he or she is a refugee) will receive $489.70 per fortnight, whereas a single person on an Age Pension payment will receive a fortnightly payment of $695.30
But how come, after several people debunking this myth, people still believe in this hoax email, and continue quoting it, either to friends or to media (like in the photo)? Well, media coverage, amoungst others, are to blame. Watch the following video in which ABC’s Media Watch debunks Today Tonight’s claim that refugees are living in 4-star luxury and earning $400 a week from Centrelink.
Like DIAC said in their letter to the editor debunking the hoax email, next time you see an email claiming asylum seekers or refugees are treated more favourably than Australian permanent residents, hit the delete button and ignore these claims. 

artofjournalism:

This statement was placed on Channel 9 News facebook page, and let me clarify this statement as it is clearly wrong.

First off, we’ve seen these numbers before - in a email, which snopes have debunked nearly 5 years ago in 2007, BUT instead of it being in Australian dollars, it was in American dollars. This hoax email, which originated in Canada, was clarified not only by snopes.com but also by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship back in 2009. Here is a statement from the DIAC about the claimed differences in payments:

Asylum seekers in Australia, who have not yet had their protection claims decided, have no access to Centrelink benefits.

Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme payments to eligible asylum seekers and allowances paid to people in community detention on Christmas Island are paid 89 per cent of the Centrelink Newstart allowance – less than the aged pension.

In Australia, refugees granted permanent visas may gain access to benefits on the same basis and at the same rates as other Australian permanent residents. There is no separate rate of benefit payments for refugees.

Also, on a side note, it is not illegal to seek asylum in Australia, even if arriving by boat and therefore is factually incorrect to label them as illegal refugees.

Once they have been recognised and are given either a Refugee or a Protection Visa, which grants them the rights like any other Australian citizen, and that includes Centrelink. So seeing that there is no different or ‘special’ payments to refugees, how much do they get?

The Refugee Council states that, a single person with no dependent children who is eligible for the Newstart Allowance (whether or not he or she is a refugee) will receive $489.70 per fortnight, whereas a single person on an Age Pension payment will receive a fortnightly payment of $695.30

But how come, after several people debunking this myth, people still believe in this hoax email, and continue quoting it, either to friends or to media (like in the photo)? Well, media coverage, amoungst others, are to blame. Watch the following video in which ABC’s Media Watch debunks Today Tonight’s claim that refugees are living in 4-star luxury and earning $400 a week from Centrelink.

Like DIAC said in their letter to the editor debunking the hoax email, next time you see an email claiming asylum seekers or refugees are treated more favourably than Australian permanent residents, hit the delete button and ignore these claims.