Mark was born in Oxford, England in 1988 and his family immigrated to Australia by plane just one year later. His English father taught him to play cricket and football in the northern suburbs of Sydney; his Australian mother taught him manners, morals, and how to fold bed-sheets properly.
Mark began exploring the world at a young age. When he was fourteen he travelled to Brazil and Argentina on a Futsal tour. He backpacked around Europe in 2006, and worked as a London tour guide when he ran out of money halfway through the trip. Mark wrote his first manuscript, about the divine transient freedom of university exchange, while studying Spanish in Mexico.
Mark’s farcical comedy, The Dark of the Matinee, was performed at the 2006 Short and Sweet ten-minute play festival. He graduated with a BA in Communications (Writing and Cultural Studies) and a BA in International Studies (Latin American Studies) from the University of Technology, Sydney. He also completed the Advertising Creative Award School in 2012. Mark has published social justice articles for Oxfam 3Things youth movement, and even a few articles for The Daily Telegraph.
Mark became impassioned by the asylum seeker debate after a visit to Villawood Detention Centre while writing social justice articles for Oxfam’s 3 Things youth movement. Months later, in October 2012, Mark was employed by the Salvation Army to work at the Nauru Regional Processing Centre. While in Nauru, Mark established the Recreations program and Oceans program for asylum seekers. He eventually resigned from the Salvation Army in June 2013 and spoke out publicly against the government’s No Advantage policy.
Continuing his passion for humanitarian work, Mark is now employed as a case manager at an asylum seeker settlement agency in Sydney.
Surfing, football, sunscreen, shade, freedom, adventure and writing are a few things Mark loves.
The Lucky Country
BY MARK ISAACS
@ VOL 3
ON SEP 13, 2014
Marc is an advocate for social justice and for the rights and living conditions of refugees waiting for judgement as to whether they will be allowed immigration visas.
Marc recounts his experiences as a social worker on the Australian Immigration Detention centre on the island of Nauru and the appalling conditions that refugees were had to endure due to the constraints of the Australian Government's Department of Immigration.