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Winner of Smartest Podcast at the Australian Podcast Awards 2021 - this is the written, produced and edited podcast made by and for Asian Australians, because we don’t talk about race and culture enough. We’ll dive into topics where you’ll hear from a range of voices, and we'll bring you stories and thoughts from interesting Aussie Asians, academics and everyday folk so we can question, explore and celebrate what it means to be an Asian in Australia.

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Shoes Off Jay Ooi

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Winner of Smartest Podcast at the Australian Podcast Awards 2021 - this is the written, produced and edited podcast made by and for Asian Australians, because we don’t talk about race and culture enough. We’ll dive into topics where you’ll hear from a range of voices, and we'll bring you stories and thoughts from interesting Aussie Asians, academics and everyday folk so we can question, explore and celebrate what it means to be an Asian in Australia.

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    Shoes Off Presents: You Have Been Told A Lie Episode 6: Cockatoo Homeland

    Shoes Off Presents: You Have Been Told A Lie Episode 6: Cockatoo Homeland

    Welcome home. With a Labor victory at the 2022 federal election, we join the family as they return home to Biloela. It’s a teary, frantic, and joyous reunion for them, but what does this mean for other families like the Nadeslinagams? Is Labor’s election win the victory that people think it is?

    In this episode we explore what our government is still doing to not have to accept asylum seekers into our country, what made this family and this campaign so special, as well as what’s next for the family.

    • 56 min
    You Have Been Told A Lie Episode 5: The Ballad of the Ballots

    You Have Been Told A Lie Episode 5: The Ballad of the Ballots

    Everything is riding on the 2022 federal election. The LNP have held firm that the Nadesalingams would not be returning to Biloela, and no special visa would be granted to them, but the Labor Party has made an election promise to return them to Biloela if they are elected. How did this one family become an election talking point in 2022? 

    We find out if four years of campaigning to bring this family back to Biloela is actually changing the way people vote. And we join the campaign team as they make a final push to get people to preference Labor over LNP for this one family.

    • 56 min
    You Have Been Told A Lie Episode 4: A Private Affair

    You Have Been Told A Lie Episode 4: A Private Affair

    Another deportation attempt is made, but this time, more people are following their story. Supporters drop what they are doing and dash to the airport to help. Campaigners jump the fence and get arrested. Nevertheless, the family are separated and forced onto a plane. But an urgent injunction is granted mid-flight, and forces the plane to land in Darwin. Rather than fly them back to Melbourne detention, the Nadesalingams are flown to a detention centre on a remote offshore territory of Australia, a detention centre that has not been in use for over 4 years.

    The government spent $27 million dollars in 2019 reopening this facility to detain four people. It is in this facility that both Priya and Tharnicaa faced significant health issues. So with the amount of money going into these detention centres, why are conditions so poor? And why is nothing happening to fix it?

    • 55 min
    You Have Been Told A Lie Episode 3: Track Changes

    You Have Been Told A Lie Episode 3: Track Changes

    Early one Monday morning, having spent three and a half years building their life in Biloela, the Nadesalingams are forcibly removed from their homes, thrown into white vans, and flown to a detention centre in Melbourne. The family are told they can’t get access to a phone unless they sign documents saying they would leave the country. What do they do?

    Why was their visa application unsuccessful? What information is the government using to assess them? And what else can they do to not be sent back to danger? Meanwhile, the Biloela community are left shocked by the sudden disappearance of the Nadesalingams and start organising.

    • 56 min
    Shoes Off Presents: You Have Been Told A Lie Episode 2: Bloody Pearl

    Shoes Off Presents: You Have Been Told A Lie Episode 2: Bloody Pearl

    It was conventional British colonial policy to look for minorities in colonised territories to use them where possible as the administrative class. Minorities, like the Tamils in Sri Lanka, tended to be more amenable to be used in this fashion because at times this strengthened their position in society. Following Sri Lanka’s independence from the British, the majority Sinhalese ethnic group take power. Racial tensions escalate, erupting in a war in 1983, with government sanctioned troops killing thousands of Tamil civilians as they attempt to suppress the Tamil Tiger movement. Priya and Nades are caught in the middle of it. 

    But what role does Australia play in this civil war? And Australia says things are better since the war ended in 2009, but what is it actually like for the people living there?

    • 48 min
    Shoes Off Presents: You Have Been Told A Lie Episode 1: The Birth Lottery

    Shoes Off Presents: You Have Been Told A Lie Episode 1: The Birth Lottery

    Nades says he couldn’t sleep when he arrived on Christmas Island. The beds felt like they were moving just like the boat he arrived on. Priya started to feel scared as other asylum seekers around her were being removed by SERCO guards with their belongings in black garbage bags in the dead of night. 

    Nades, Priya, and their two Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharnicaa, commonly referred to as the ‘Biloela family’, became the faces of the rural Aussie community of Biloela, but how did they actually end up there? In this episode, we follow their arduous journey to build their life in Australia, what they call a “happy time”, whilst they jump through the bureaucratic hurdles of applying for different visas to not be sent back to danger, knowing that they could be deported the moment one of them expires. Pressure builds as one by one, other asylum seekers around them are deported. What will this mean for them?

    • 45 min

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nyerepod ,

a great listen!

very informative & I believe it is creating a safe space for the Asian community✨

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So fun!

Love the podcast and the topics they cover! Super awesome and insightful listen!

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