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Palm Sunday rally

| March 11, 2020 | Reply

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Port Moresby refugee hotel attacked by locals for a second time

| March 8, 2020 | Reply

For the second time in three weeks, a hotel at Four Mile, East Boroko, housing refugees from Manus Island, was attacked by a group of locals armed with knives, metal poles and stones. Last night (Saturday 7/03/20), from 8.30pm to the early hours of Sunday morning, the group made repeated efforts to enter the hotel, […]

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Three refugees injured as local attack Port Moresby hotel

| February 19, 2020 | Reply

A crowd of locals has attacked a Boroko hotel in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 19 February) leaving three refugees injured and others fearing for their lives. The crowd was yelling, “We will kill you; get out of our country.” The crowd threw rocks and fought with refugees as they tried to gain […]

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Labor’s attack on air arrivals feeds government anti-refugee policies

| February 18, 2020 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has called on the Labor party to end its campaign against asylum seekers arriving by air. The contradiction between the Liberals’ hardline attitude to asylum seekers arriving by boat and those arriving by plane has been a longstanding feature of the government’s discriminatory polices directed at boat arrivals. “Recent comments from […]

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PNG refugee service provider sacks eleven case workers amid rort allegations

| February 13, 2020 | Reply

Eleven of the PNG nationals employed by JDA under contract with Australia have been officially terminated. The sackings follow the resignation of 29 case workers and office staff last Friday. The JDA workers had revealed gross underpayments and other discrepancies in their pay and conditions including travel allowance and medical insurance. It is not clear […]

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Refugee case-worker dispute escalates in Port Moresby following mass resignations

| February 11, 2020 | Reply

Twenty-nine case-workers have resigned from JDA, the company contracted to provide services to refugees living in limbo in Port Moresby. The twenty-nine PNG nationals resigned last Friday in a dispute with JDA management over discrepancies over pay rates, travel allowance, medical insurance and other disputed conditions over the multi-million dollar contracts paid by Australia. “There […]

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No justification for Christmas Island evacuation stunt or detention centre

| February 3, 2020 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition condemns the use of Christmas Island as a dumping ground for asylum seekers and Australian citizens and residents being evacuated from Hubei. “Using Christmas Island is a cynical attempt to legitimise the use of Christmas Island as an offshore detention centre by giving it a role as a quarantine centre. But […]

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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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