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Manus refugees cannot be resettled in PNG

| August 18, 2016 | Reply

Peter Dutton is desperately trying to avoid the implications of the PNG Supreme Court ruling in April that the agreement between Australia and PNG was unlawful. No amount of huffing and puffing or repeating the tired phrase that ‘no refugee from Manus will be resettled in Australia’ can alter the fact the asylum seekers were […]

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Manus must be closed and all Manus prisoners must be returned to Australia

| August 17, 2016 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition welcomes the announcement from PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill that the Manus Island detention will be closed soon. But the victims of the unlawful transfer and detention have already been waiting since the 26 April for both the Australian and PNG government to comply with the Supreme Court orders that Manus […]

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Advocates call for Immigration Minister’s resignation after shameful comments about Nauru self-immolation

| August 11, 2016 | Reply

The Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, has once again shamed himself and disgraced his office with unsubstantiated, ill-considered and offensive claims about refugees. The Minister is quoted as telling 2GB radio, “Some people have even gone to the extent of self-harming and people have self-immolated in an effort to get to Australia. Certainly some have made […]

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Step up the pressure: Rally to close the camps, bring them here

| August 9, 2016 | Reply

1pm Saturday 27 August, Sydney Town Hall

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Pakistan agrees to repatriate Manus refugee body

| August 5, 2016 | Reply

The Australian Pakistan embassy has agreed to take responsibility to arrange for Kamil Hussain’s body to be repatriated to Pakistan. A letter from the Pakistan embassy has been sent to the Australian and PNG Immigration offices notifying them that they will organise for Kamil’s body to be sent home. The embassy has also notified PNG […]

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Pakistan agrees to repatriate Manus refugee body

| August 5, 2016 | Reply

The Australian Pakistan embassy has agreed to take responsibility to arrange for Kamil Hussain’s body to be repatriated to Pakistan. A letter from the Pakistan embassy has been sent to the Australian and PNG Immigration offices notifying them that they will organise for Kamil’s body to be sent home. The embassy has also notified PNG […]

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One week deadline to repatriate Manus refugee body

| August 5, 2016 | Reply

PNG Immigration have given refugees on Manus Island one week to make arrangements to send the body of 33 year-old Pakistan refugee Kamil Hussain, back to Pakistan. PNG authorities told the Pakistanis that neither the PNG Immigration nor the Australian Immigration nor Broadspectrum would take any responsibility for repatriating Kamil’s body. “You are on your […]

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PNG supreme court to rule on Manus closure

| July 21, 2016 | Reply

A hearing of the PNG Supreme Court in Port Moresby on Monday 25 July, will rule on five test cases of refugees on Manus Island as the basis for issuing appropriate orders and guidelines for the release of the detainees, and the resettlement of refugees as the beginning of the process to finally close the […]

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A Current Affair fails the test – selective, superficial and sanitised program did not show the true story of Nauru

| June 21, 2016 | Reply

A Current Affair has broadcast a very selective, superficial and sanitised view of Nauru, according to spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, Ian Rintoul. According to program host, Tracey Grimshaw, ACA has been preparing the program for five months but it is obvious they have not done their homework. They interviewed a Tamil refugee woman […]

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Refugee supporters to rally to close Manus and Nauru and #BringThemHere

| June 17, 2016 | Reply

Refugee supporters will rally across the country on Saturday 18 June and Sunday 19 June to Welcome Refugees and call for the closure of Manus Island and Nauru, and end of offshore detention. The rallies will mark the beginning of Refugee Week. (Details below.) In the last few weeks of the Federal election campaign, a […]

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