Press releases

Federal Court injunction granted to stop Immigration seizing mobile phones

| February 19, 2017 | Reply

An out-of-hours special Federal Court hearing today (Sunday, 19 Feb) has granted an injunction to prevent Serco and Border Force from seizing mobile phones from detainees in onshore immigration detention, just hours before the order was to come into effect. Detainees in immigration detention faced blanket removal of their mobile phones at midnight tonight. Lawyers […]

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$20,000 bribes offered as Border Force threatens more deportations from Manus

| February 10, 2017 | Reply

Australian Border Force officials have threatened to deport more Nepalese asylum seekers from Manus Island unless the asylum seekers agree to “voluntarily” return home. The asylum seekers were told if they are forcibly deported they will get nothing, but if they agree to go voluntarily they will be paid up to $15,000. The ABF offered […]

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Australian government figures reveal US resettlement deal over 400 places short

| February 7, 2017 | Reply

According to the latest update from Operation Sovereign Borders, the combined number of refugees on Nauru and Manus Island is 1687. The White House spokesperson was reported as saying the agreement between Australia and the US is for 1250 refugees. The number of recognised refugees on Nauru grows each day as more determinations are […]

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Extreme vetting, extreme confusion: Turnbull must say no to Trump’s ban

| February 1, 2017 | Reply

The White House statement that the US resettlement deal with Australia is still “under consideration” has blown Malcolm Turnbull’s re-assurances about the deal out of the water. Turnbull’s report of his phone call with Trump obviously fell short of the truth. “Not only has Turnbull refused to condemn Trump’s ban; he has got no guaranteed […]

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Two bashed Manus refugees finally released after 36 hours

| January 2, 2017 | Reply

Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi (26) and Mohammad (28), arrested and bashed by up to 10 PNG police and immigration officers on New Year’s eve have finally been released by the Manus police after more than 36 hours in custody. Despite direct pleas from other refugees, the Manus police denied them any medical attention for their […]

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Bashed Manus refugees need urgent medical treatment

| January 1, 2017 | Reply

Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi and Mohammad, arrested and bashed by up to 10 PNG police and immigration officers last night (New Years eve) on Manus Island are still in police custody 24 hours later. Neither of the refugees has been seen by doctors or received any medical attention for what appear to be serious injuries. […]

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Brutality rules New Year on Manus

| January 1, 2017 | Reply

Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi and Mohammad, have been savagely beaten by PNG police and PNG Immigration officials on New’s Eve. (See photos of Mehdi in green T shirt.) The two refugees were in the Lorengau settlement area on Manus last night when PNG officials arrested them around 8pm. The refugees say they were doing nothing […]

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Car torched as Nauruan local terrorise refugee settlement

| December 17, 2016 | Reply

Nauruan locals have terrorised a refugee settlement on Nauru. Around 3.30am, Friday morning (16 December), refugees were awoken by locals shouting “F*** refugees; F*** Off; Go to America.” Doors were bashed and rocks pelted at the converted shipping containers that serve as refugee accommodation at Nibok. Air-conditioning units attached to the walls of the refugee […]

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Message of support for teachers’ refugee t-shirt action

| December 12, 2016 | Reply

We would like to add our support to the Teachers for Refugees t-shirt action planned for the week of the 12th of December, where teachers will wear t-shirts with the slogans “Teachers for Refugees—Close the Camps, Bring them Here” in schools and workplaces. The action has already been supported by the Australian Education Union (Victoria […]

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Refugee advocates reject detention mobile phone ban

| November 21, 2016 | Reply

Refugee advocates have rejected the Australian Border Force announcement that mobile phones will be banned from detention centres. Asylum seekers who have arrived by boat are already banned from having a mobile phone. “The ban on asylum seekers having mobile phones in detention will be vigorously fought. The ban is punitive and unnecessary,” said Ian […]

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