About

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This blog isĀ focussed on migration patterns, particularly what governments like to describe as ‘irregular migration’ or ‘illegal migration’.

On it, I’ll share my thoughts and stories, both from my time working inside the government and from my time since my resignation.

The associated facebook page (facebook.com/theimmigrationblog) will be a source of many updates and links to new, Australian-focussed information, whereas this will be my simple contribution to the policy debates that happen in the migration space around the world.

Anyway, thanks for checking it out. As it evolves I’m hoping to add and grow the site as a resource for those interested in these matters.

To get in touch with me, flick an email to gregorylake [ at ] yahoo [ dot ] com or call me on 0422 019 442 (in Australia).

Greg

4 Responses to “About”

  1. Mike Brisco. July 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    I think we need a bit more information about you, Sir!.

    OK, let me get the cards on the table. For a number of years you were in the pay of the Dept of Immigration, running detention centres. You received money, for being part of a system that In the words of former Aussie of the year Prof McGorry, set up “factories for mental illness”. In other words, we could say – and it is a harsh thing to say – you were a medium level manager, in a system that was intended to create mental illness, to manufacture mental illness, on an industrial scale. And that system succeeded. Academics in mental health have documented over several years, how immigration detention damages people’s mental health. The current National Guidelines issued to GPs , for treating trauma, have a whole section on the trauma caused by immigration detention. That’s on top of whatever trauma people bring with them. The current government is explicit that its intention are to damage people, and then exhibit them, for its own purposes. You were there, and you were part of that system. You had real opportunities to either get out, or to oppose what was done.

    Now, 15 months later, you’re 180 degrees round. I welcome change – but am not sure I can accept it at face value. It looks — a little—-well, odd. No problem, with people changing their minds. People can gradually realise they want to get out. But usually they offer some explanation of what led to it. We readers evaluate that explanation, and I think we’re fairly shrewd judges, of whether it’s genuine.

    I think you know about this lack of trust. One of your posts talks about whether the public , the refugee supporters, trust you. You feel they don’t. Given the above, it’s understandable. Something you might need to address.

    For us reading the net, there is a lot of mis-information there, much deliberately created. We might call it propaganda – it is clearly well funded, organised, and professionally produced. Some was created by your own former department, for instance. Us reading the net, have ways for checking whether someone is authentic and honest – or paid to present their opinion, like medical professors at drug company conferences. So if you are aiming your words and hopes will be taken at face value – you’ll need to be aware of this. s

    My above comments are not meant as personal criticism – rather my reactions as a reader, to seeing this blog. If you intend what you appear to – they may be helpful.

    Sorry if they are blunt, but if my words make people feel uncomfortable, then it is because the matters themselves, are not pleasant. The system was intended to create illness – and has killed people – merely in pursuit of political policy. There is no nice way to talk about things. It is best to name such things for what they are, truthfully, and to talk honestly if possible. I don’t like having to go ‘into that darkness’ – but it was not me who put that darkness there.

    • Greg_LakeAU July 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

      Hi David. It may not answer everything for you, but here’s a more detailed explanation of my story…

      http://www.biblesociety.org.au/news/bodybags-weve-run

      • Mike Brisco. July 15, 2014 at 12:05 am #

        Hi Greg,

        Thanks for that – it makes a lot of sense, I can understand where you are coming from now. Not what I’d expected to read. You have moved on a lot, in the last 18 months. Thanks for sharing that information, and thanks for replying quickly.

        Would be good if you can put some of that information on this blog – or a link to it. It’s an important part of your tale. Reading it, helps put your posts, in a clearer context. Getting a clear context is important for us readers, as there is a lot of mis-information on the net & some intended, it seems, to mis-lead us deliberately.

        Before I’d seen this, I left a couple of comments on the Guardian thread. In hindsight, those now seem a bit harsh. I might have to try to take them back a bit, now I know more.

        All the best,

      • Greg_LakeAU July 15, 2014 at 7:36 am #

        Thanks David

        You’e right, I really should put more info up here about why I left… thanks for commenting! :)

        g

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