The Sinking of the H.M.A.S. Grabbit

Refugee CouncilLate night thoughts of Morriscum
set adrift in a leaky boat
with Australians online taking bets
how long he can stay afloat.

Abbott’s lashed firmly to the mast
Bishop’s locked in the hold
When the boat sinks we’ll all cheer
and divvy up the gold.

Brandis burnt international law
to please his zionist mates,
It won’t keep him warm 10 fathoms down
When he meets his watery fate.

Cormann’s whining on his mobile
calling up the crony banks
Too late for party kickbacks
the ocean gives us thanks.

For in all Australia’s history
there’s never been rogues as these
Corrupt and heartless brigands all
may they drown on the open seas.

Alas, the dream is but a dream
still the scurvy wretches spout
from their padded thrones in Parliament
We’ll have to vote them out.

Jinjirrie, July 2014.

Related Links

If these Tamil asylum seekers have been handed over to the Sri Lankan navy, Abbott and his murderous crew should be at the Hague for crimes against humanity.

Australian Settler Grabbit Haiku

it’s not about me
but trusting new government
the buck stops with me

bouffant bronwyn gaffes
in discontented winter
bishop serves abbott

march, australians
to dog whistles and old dirges
rule brittania

rich white settler men
demand free speech to enable
human rights abuses

dob in a colleague
divert healthy criticism
away from grabbit

public servant, hush,
under grabbitocracy
submit privately

grabbit bigotry
infests the antipodes
global laughing stock

Jinjirrie, March 2013

Related Links

The state of free speech in Australia – the Immigration department stalks refugee activist on facebook and threatens her on twitter
Tony Abbott Haiku Centre
Palm Sunday rally for refugees:
Dob in your tweeting mate at work? So much for free speech
Death stare Bishop declares BDS , which is supported by the likes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to be ‘antisemitic’, erroneously asserts that not all Israeli settlements are illegal, clinging to the delusion of the two state non-solution.
Resettlement not a ticket to first world
How the World Bank help the ruling elite suck countries dry who can least afford it, through deregulation

Australia’s Shame on Manus Island

Manus Island Has No Dentists

You privileged imperial settler fucks
squatting on top of stolen earth,
tormenting the tormented
who flee from wars you helped create
with scheming crony capitalist mates,
may you suffer a thousand abscesses,
temporary fillings for absent justice
and learn firsthand about
pain you inflict on others
with closed ears, slammed racist doors,
gnashing sweet-toothed fangs
on Tim Tams and Cadbury tours,
privileged slick white saviour thieves
who send hand-patters, guards and no dentists,
may your monocultural destruction
destroy you and the land regenerate
on the bones of sociopathic corruption.

Jinjirrie, March 2013.


‘There is a lack of medical treatment and medicine for all diseases. The medical team suggests drinking water as the only treatment.

The only medication is Panadol, which is used as a painkiller to reduce pain temporarily but is no cure.

There is no dentist or dental treatment on the Island. Many of the detainees suffer from dental problems and the excess use of Panadol not only doesn’t help the pain but causes stomach and kidney problems.

There are no recreational or educational activities in this camp and as a result detainees are experiencing extreme mental and psychological problems. ‘


Grabbits wall to wall across the nation
Kiss pristine environment goodbye,
Grabbitating forests to grabbit mates
Greedy Grabbits don’t share the pie.

For Grabbits grasp as grabbits do
Farewell your civil liberties,
What’s good for them isn’t good for you
No protests to hinder productivity.

It’s work till you drop
for trickled down slops,
Like scum, Grabbits settle on top
Grabbits want the whole damn lot.

Jinjirrie, March 2013.

Related Links

Tony Abbott confesses his guilty food pleasures and diet secrets
Syrian repatriation in the face of death: ‘The Department for Immigration offered repatriation to two Syrian asylum seekers on Manus Island, despite one saying he faced “certain death” if returned, according to leaked case manager documents obtained by Guardian Australia.’
Government pressures Manus asylum seekers to return home while pressuring to allow attackers back in

Brandeis: “We Grabbits will force you to grabbit from our pet grabbits or you will be cut off at the knees, left to moulder in the outer limits.”

Racist Australia Warehouses Its Crimes Against Humanity Offshore

Reza Barati

Murder on Manus

whistle-blowers risk careers to broadcast
asinine liberals heave blameless sighs
colonial deniers abuse the outcast
seduced by dog-whistling shyster lies.

little learned from past but how to forget
racist wheel turns, has lost its brakes
we are deformed by all we have met
this banal society banality makes.

Jinjirrie, February 2014.

Related Links

If G4S is to blame for Manus violence, the government has blood on its hands

During Question Time on Monday, Scott Morrison insisted that Papua New Guinea was ultimately in control of the Manus Island detention centre. The implication is clear: the Australian government is attempting to distance itself from G4S and from the reports of what occurred there. But the fact is that G4S is on Manus Island thanks to a contract with the Australian government. It is being paid with Australian taxpayer dollars, in furtherance of an Australian government policy.

Reza Barati’s family: ‘We want answers. What did they do to him?’

Australia’s obscene cruelty toward refugees which it stores out of sight in its gulags overseas cannot be ignored and must be stopped. There’s no real dentist on Manus Island, says whistleblower Azita Bokan.

“Put it this way, the very simple things – everyone is in a queue hoping that maybe one day there will be a miracle and they will get a dentist there. Everyone is having massive pain. They are beside themselves with pain and all that’s been done is they take them to the guy that calls himself a dentist and all he does is he pulls teeth out. And most of them, their tooth has been pulled out – teeth that could have been saved. “

PNG police prelim report: Refugee Reza Barati was murdered by multiple head injuries.

A Manus Island migration agent has turned whistleblower, saying the whole asylum seeker processing system there is ‘fake’.

Calling for UN Sanctions Against Australia

In today’s Guardian, Ant Loewenstein rightly advocates the use of UN sanctions to pressure the Australian government to end its regime of terror against hapless refugees corralled in offshore detention camps. Sanctions would make Australians, their racist government, the Australian media and the world sit up and take notice and apply punitive pressure to end Australia’s disgraceful treatment of refugees.

Western leaders live under the belief that they can behave as they like to the powerless and invisible. Asylum seekers are essentially voiceless, reporters are barred from visiting where they’re warehoused in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, and the daily drumbeat of dishonest rhetoric wrongly accuses them of being “illegal”.

Even the threat of sanctions against Australia would enrage the Abbott government and its backers. Australia is a democracy, they will claim. Australia’s decisions are checked and approved by lawyers, they may argue. Australians can vote out recalcitrant regimes, they could state.

And yet transparency over asylum seeker policy has arguably never been more absent.

The shared impunity which the US delivers to its fellow settler colonial human rights abusers is an insult to justice. This impunity must end in order that criminals who abuse human rights of others can be brought to justice. The West has no credibility unless it makes an effort to adher to the values it claims it represents when its orientalists laud it over others.

The Australian government feels invincible, protected under America’s security blanket and selling its dirty coal to the world. We are sold the myth that building remote detention camps will protect us from the “hordes” trying to enter our promised land. It’s impossible not to conclude that Australia, a colonial construction, doesn’t see itself akin to Canada, the US and Israel as countries struggling to cope with people various officials call “infiltrators”. That bubble must be burst, and the threats of sanctions will be the required shot. Until Australia and its defenders appreciate the necessity to treat asylum seekers with dignity and respect, they should feel the world’s opprobrium.