Gah. I hate the sound of my alarm. What happened while you were asleep? Dylan Voller gave evidence at the Don Dale RC, the NYT panned our asylum seeker policy and the UCL draw was drawn.
Dylan Voller eloquently gives speech at Royal Commission, nation loses plot
For those of you playing at home, Voller was the young man who personified the treatment at the Don Dale detention centre. Strapped to a chair with a bag placed over his head, we screamed bloody outrage at the injustices he suffered through, best summed up in the ramshackle handwritten note released to the media.
— Nadia Daly (@nadiasdaly) December 12, 2016
Dylan’s story pushed the word “Don Dale” into the national consciousness. Part two of that story saw him represent himself at the hearings his challenges birthed.
— Kumi Taguchi | 田口久実 (@kumitaguchi) December 12, 2016
Dylan Voller’s sister, Kirra, claiming that 3 of his guards at the #NTRC are people he’s named in incidents. She alleges they’re scaring him
— Allan Clarke (@AllanJClarke) December 12, 2016
Applause for Dylan Voller after giving evidence today. If he’s required again a fresh notice will be produced. #NTRC has adjourned.
— Caro Meldrum-Hanna (@caromeldrum) December 12, 2016
With the Commission now adjourned, hopefully we’re one step closer to closing the issue for good.
New York Times op-ed pans offshore detention, Australia
Entitled “I am ashamed to be an Australian”, the New York Times article was penned by Australian photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson, who explains that in 20 years of photographing asylum seekers, her experience at Manus/Nauru crashes through the floor. In interviewing those whose feet are planted there, she found that:
“Many of the asylum seekers identified themselves as atheists, having given up their faith in God. Others have taken up drinking, or trading cigarettes — they receive up to three packets per week — for local marijuana. Many take sleeping pills handed out by nurses. Anything to pass the time and escape from their anguish.”
Gilbertson closes the piece by saying “When I emigrated from Australia to the United States in 2003, it was out of disgust with our refugee policies. I didn’t think it could get worse than it was then. I was wrong.”
Call it bang on, subjective, biased or heartfelt, the only certainty to be taken from this piece is that the issue of offshore detention will again rocket to the front of the national discourse, where both sides will fight to be heard over each other. I’m not asking you not to be angry, we all are on this issue, but a dialogue needs to be entered on both sides.
Champions League draw in, collective hands decimated by gleeful friction, nervous chewing
The 2016-17 edition of the Champions League has been much like those which have come before it. Fucking wonderful. Those who possess the most liquid of touch, heaviest of pockets and most manicured facial hair to the nearest millimetre need only apply. With the magic number now only a mere 16, those who are worthy shall march ever closer to the final in Wales. Which is a bit odd, incidentally. A collection of athletes with the collective GDP of France fight to the perfumed death to seek their prize: a one night stopover in Cardiff.
Not very glamorous is it? The draw lies below.
⚽ The official result of the #UCLdraw! ⚽
Most exciting match? pic.twitter.com/r2z88m6VtX
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 12, 2016
Just before I go. Sevilla v Leicester. Wow. For those who are familiar with the vicissitudes levelled upon your testicles by the Hammer of Football Manager, you will surely recognise the nature of the fortunate draw in a competition you have no business being in. (Pack your bags, Leicester.)
Also, the statue that walks and winks at himself won the most prestigious accolade in the game. He’s reduced to a footnote in this publication, because…well, the photo below will explain:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 12, 2016
The top five #AusPol Tweets from overnight
Brandis will keep his job ‘til middle of next year, at which point @turnbullmalcolm will nominate him to take over from Gillian Triggs.
— Mark Newton (@NewtonMark) December 12, 2016
— Mezome (@mezomefans) December 12, 2016
Just heard a rumour that Georgina Downer is the hot tip to take Gillian Triggs’ job HAHHAHAHHAARRGGGHHHHHH
— Fiona Katauskas (@FionaKatauskas) December 12, 2016
#Dylan Voller locked in van 15hrs no food or toilet can be corroborated
Same done to people taken melb to Baxter
Police& security have form
— Pamela Curr (@pamelacurr) December 12, 2016
Thoughts with Dylan Voller and his family today. He’s shown incredible strength and courage through all this. #DonDale
— Evelyn Enduatta (@FF_notes) December 12, 2016