Press releases

Medevac repeal shame—transfer them all now

| December 4, 2019 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition condemns the government’s repeal of the Medevac legislation. The repeal of the Medevac legislation means that the refugees in PNG and Nauru will once again be left without medical treatment. For over six years, the Coalition government has deliberately deprived refugees of medical treatment as part of its Operation Sovereign Borders […]

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PNG refugees moved in the community face more danger, more uncertainty

| November 19, 2019 | Reply

After a false start a week ago, PNG Immigration began moving refugees from Port Moresby’s Granville Motel to ‘community placement’ in two other hotels in Port Moresby. The first ten people were moved today (Tuesday, 19 November) to housing in the Four Mile residential area, near Boroko. More people are expected to be moved tomorrow […]

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Fiasco as PNG refugees returned to Granville

| November 14, 2019 | Reply

The first attempt at ‘community placement’ from Granville has failed. The refugees moved out of Granville Motel this morning (Tuesday, 13 November) were returned to Granville after a couple of hours. Among the problems: the rooms were too small (they couldn’t move inside them); the toilet and shower were inadequate; there were no laundry facilities; […]

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More danger as PNG refugees pushed into the community

| November 14, 2019 | Reply

Refugees living in Port Moresby’s Granville Motel since being transferred from Manus Island (some for medical treatment that they never got), have been issued notices that they are being transferred into the community (see notice at right). The first 15 people are being moved today, Thursday 13 November; around 50 are still at Granville. It […]

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National refugee rallies say ‘Hands off Medevac’

| November 8, 2019 | Reply

While the government ramps up the rhetoric and its misinformation campaign against the Medevac legislation, thousands of people will rally across Australia on Saturday 9 November to “defend the Medevac law”. In Sydney, the rally will start at Town Hall, 2pm. Speakers will include: Faith Black (acknowledgement of country), Carolina Gottardo, Co-Convenor of the Catholic […]

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Bangladeshi asylum seeker on bridging visa suicides in Lakemba

| October 22, 2019 | Reply

A 33-year-old Bangladeshi asylum seeker, Mohammad Mohsin, has committed suicide, at a mosque in Lakemba, on Sunday, 20 October. Mohammad arrived by boat in 2013, but was only recently allowed to lodge his protection application. His initial application was rejected, but he has lodged an appeal with the Federal Circuit Court. Like so many others […]

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Manus refugee suicides in Brisbane, offshore detention claims another victim

| October 17, 2019 | Reply

A 32-year-old mentally-distressed Afghan refugee, Sayed Mirwais Rohani, has committed suicide in Brisbane.  The Afghan doctor jumped to his death from the 22nd floor of a Brisbane hotel on Tuesday, 15 October. Mirwais is the eighth Manus refugee death. Mirwais was brought to Australia from Manus Island in 2017, as his mental health badly deteriorated […]

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More threats to relocate refugees in Port Moresby into poverty

| October 2, 2019 | Reply

After being transferred from Manus to hotels in Port Moresby, refugees’ living conditions and safety are now under threat. Refugees presently living in the Granville Motel have been told that their living allowance of 100 kina (approx. $A50) a week will be cut off unless they “agree” to ‘move into residential accommodation’. JDA, the company […]

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Saudi consulate protest for human rights and freedom for political prisoners

| October 1, 2019 | Reply

A protest calling for human rights, free speech and the release of political prisoners in Saudi Arabia will be held on Wednesday, 2 October, 12.30 -1.30 outside the Sydney consulate, 89 York Street, Sydney. The protest is being held on the anniversary of the murder of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, who was killed […]

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Detention shifts to Port Moresby as last refugees transferred off Manus

| September 5, 2019 | Reply

Thirty-five refugees are being transferred from Manus to Port Moresby today, Thursday 5 September. The transfer of the last 35 refugees and asylum seekers from Manus to Port Moresby will take place on Friday 6 September. But JDA, the refugee service provider, responsible for the transfer, has been unable to provide any details of what […]

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