This is Not Art

October 2, 2014

Mandatory Attention - the State of Immigration in Australia Today

Immigration policy in Australia has always been a hotbed of controversy, and never more than right now. What do we, as young writers, think about the mandatory detention system?


Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a writer, engineer, and founder of Youth Without Borders. In 2012 she was named Young Leader in the inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards. In 2007, she was Young Australian Muslim of the Year and in 2010 Young Queenslander of the Year.

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Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the director of SWEATSHOP: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Sydney Writing and Society Research Centre. His first novel is The Tribe (Giramondo, 2014).

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Mark Isaacs

Mark Isaacs’ book 'The Undesirables: Inside Nauru' was published after working with the Salvation Army at the Nauru Regional Processing Centre. Continuing his passion for humanitarian work, Mark is now employed as a case manager at an asylum seeker ...

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Laurie May

From Alice Springs, Anglo-Indigenous Australian Laurie May is a resistance poet challenging societal norms and perspectives on poverty. Known for her clever, often humorous, wordplay and pointed politics of identity themes, Laurie May has been touring Australia ...

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