Press releases

Pregnant refugees from Nauru refuse to get off bus in Darwin

| November 30, 2014 | Reply

Two refugee families flown from Nauru to Darwin last night (Saturday) around 10pm, have refused to get off a bus that was transporting them to Wickham Point detention centre. One family, Adnan and his wife, Maryam travelled with their 10 year old son, Amir (pictured in the attached photographs). The other couple, Hossein and his [...]

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Stop the Bill, Stop Morrison’s grab for power over asylum seekers

| November 26, 2014 | Reply

Scott Morrison continues to use the simplistic slogan “Stop the Boats” to add new layers of cruelty and abuse to men, women and children who have a legal right to seek asylum in our country. He is now attempting to use Parliament to give him unprecedented powers that can be exercised without Parliamentary, or judicial [...]

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Stop the attacks on Nauruan refugees: bring Mehrzad to Australia; Resettle refugees from Indonesia

| November 24, 2014 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has called a protest today, Wednesday, 19 November, 12.30pm, Immigration Department office, Lee Street, Sydney (near Central Station). In light of the attacks on refugees on Nauru, the protest will call for refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru (and Manus) to be immediately brought to Australia. The protest is calling for [...]

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Urgent: Vigilantes attack Nauruan refugees – one man blinded

| November 18, 2014 | Reply

On Sunday night a letter headed “A Message to Refugees Resettled In Nauru”, threatening the safety of refugees living on Nauru was secretly distributed throughout the refugee housing and the townships on Nauru. The letter was distributed at refugee houses and compounds, but was also found pushed under doors of Nauruan house, placed on the [...]

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High Court win for asylum seekers against relocation argument. Stop the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers

| November 12, 2014 | Reply

The High Court finding that the Refugee Review Tribunal had failed to properly consider whether it was reasonable for an Afghan asylum seeker to relocate to Kabul because security for Hazaras was ‘relatively good’ has serious implications for the government’s recent moves to deport Afghan asylum seekers (See the decision here). “We are calling on [...]

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Manus asylum seekers petition Palmer over new TPV laws

| November 11, 2014 | Reply

More than 100 asylum seekers on Manus Island have sent Clive Palmer a hand-written letter (letter with names redacted below) appealing for him not to exclude them from any deal struck between the government and the Palmer United Party. The letter was prompted by the fact that the Palmer United Party was willing to support [...]

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Stop the new TPV legislation

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

Temporary Protection Visas are torture. Click here for more info and to sign online petition to stop Abbott and Morrison’s new legislation.

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Afghanistan is not safe: Morrison urged to halt second Afghan removal

| October 26, 2014 | Reply

Refugee advocates are urging the Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to halt the removal of an Afghan asylum seeker, scheduled for Tuesday 28 October, from Yongah Hill in Western Australia. The removal would be only the second ever forced removal of an Afghan asylum seeker. It comes only a few weeks since the reports that the [...]

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Nauruan police harass camp protest as protests continue

| October 23, 2014 | Reply

Protests that began on Nauru almost a month ago (26 September), following Scott Morrison’s announcement regarding temporary protection visas and the Cambodia deal continue every night in the family detention camp, OPC 3. Despite threats and harassment, between 100 and over 250 people hold protests each night at the gate of the camp. Similarly protests [...]

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Refugee policy unethical for doctors: Doctors for Refugees

| October 19, 2014 | Reply

Doctors for Refugees wholeheartedly endorses the J’accuse petition, to be presented on Monday 20 October 2014. “We have grave concerns for asylum seekers and refugees denied appropriate, timely health services and for Australian health professionals working in immigration detention centres. These doctors and nurses are bound by unfair and draconian contracts which deny health professionals [...]

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