Press releases

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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Uncertainty surrounds US refugee deal: Australia needs to bring them here

| November 13, 2016 | Reply

LIFETIME BAN EXPOSED AS A STUNT The announcement by US Secretary of State, John Kerry and now by Malcolm Turnbull, that the US will consider refugees from Nauru referred to it by the UNHCR has done little to settle the issue of offshore detention. “It is an admission that Nauru and Manus Island are offshore […]

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Labor’s opposition to lifetimeban exposes third country myth – Now Bring Them Here

| November 8, 2016 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has welcomed Labor’s stand against Turnbull’s attempt to impose a lifetime ban on asylum seekers and refugees sent to Nauru or Manus Island ever entering Australia. Turnbull’s lifetime ban proposal was always a political stunt from a government that is sinking further in the opinion polls. Labor’s stance makes it almost […]

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Government rattled by PNG Supreme Court action – unpopular Turnbull turns to refugee bashing

| October 31, 2016 | Reply

The Turnbull government’s announcement that it intends to ban for life, asylum seekers and refugees, who attempted to travel to Australia by boat after 19 July 2013, has been dismissed as political grandstanding by the Refugee Action Coalition. “This is a desperate headline-grabbing announcement from a Prime Minister whose is now less popular than Tony […]

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Port Moresby Supreme Court set for decision on return of Manus refugees

| October 25, 2016 | Reply

A full bench hearing of the PNG Supreme Court, on Thursday 27 October, will consider an application on behalf of 302 Manus asylum seekers and refugees for the return to Australia of all those asylum seekers and refugees who wish to do so. The lead counsel acting for the Manus asylum seekers will be retired […]

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Teachers demand an end to all the secrecy provisions of the Border Force Act

| October 21, 2016 | Reply

Teachers for Refugees today welcomed the government’s amendments of 30 September to the Border Force Act which exempt “Health Professionals” from its notorious “secrecy provisions”. However, we are incensed that teachers and other professionals like social workers, who speak out about conditions in immigration detention, are still liable to large fines and up to two […]

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Government maintains Manus farce as asylum seeker attempts to set himself alight

| October 1, 2016 | Reply

A 28 year-old Iranian asylum seeker in Mike Compound in the Manus Island detention centre attempted to set himself alight on Friday night (30 September). The man, who was one of those seriously wounded in the 2014 attack by locals and police on Mike Compound, sprayed himself with flammable liquid before using a lighter to […]

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Advocates warn against handing refugee settlement contract to Nauru government

| September 29, 2016 | Reply

Refugee advocates have warned the Australian government against handing any refugee settlement services contracts to the Nauru government or Nauru-run businesses. The concerns have risen since the Australian-run Connect Settlement Services indicated that it was pulling out of Nauru on December 7. Connect was contracted by the Australian government to provide services for refugees living […]

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Turnbull can’t hide Australia’s shame – Nauru fathers arrested following kids’ protest

| September 20, 2016 | Reply

Nauru’s detention regime has plunged further into crisis with the announcement that Connect will not re-tender to provide refugee services on the prison island. But the announcement is just one small symptom of a dysfunctional regime. The daily protests in the family camp have continued since 20 March and escalated on Sunday night, 18 September. […]

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Father’s day hijack of Nauru family

| September 4, 2016 | Reply

National Justice Project media release The National Justice Project has condemned Immigration Minister Peter Dutton for organising a squad of Police to forcibly remove refugee children and their family from Papua New Guinea (PNG) where they had been seeking medical treatment. George Newhouse, the Principal Solicitor at the NJP said today that family were from […]

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