Press releases

Graphic footage of Manus shooting

| April 15, 2017 | Reply

Graphic footage taken during the Good Friday shooting incident has emerged from Manus Island. Photos of bullet holes damage inside the detention centre including in accommodation areas is evidence of the dangerous situation that has erupted on Manus. “The shooting incident has been a shocking and stark reminder of the dangerous situation that exists on […]

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Shooting breaks out on Manus – Refugees fear for their lives

| April 14, 2017 | Reply

There are reports that shooting has broken out between the PNG police and locals on the navy base after locals began attacking the detention centre. Local navy staff have responded by shooting into detention centre compounds. (Hear audio of the shooting here) Wilson security and all staff have fled the compounds, leaving refugees and asylum […]

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‘We are not animals’ – protest erupts in Manus detention centre

| March 19, 2017 | Reply

Guards hastily withdrew from Mike Compound in the Manus Island detention centre last night (Saturday 18 March) after a protest erupted in the mess area following Border Force renovations that made the serving area more like a prison. “It was a provocation,” one detainee told the Refugee Action Coalition, “They treat us like we are […]

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Mobiles to stay in detention centres – for now

| March 17, 2017 | Reply

This morning, Friday, Justice Rares found that the Federal Court had jurisdiction to consider whether or not the government’s decree to ban mobile phones from detention centres was lawful. This means that the injunction preventing Serco, Border Force or other government officers from seizing mobile phones stays in place. The injunction was first granted at […]

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Refugee advocates reject absurd detention mobile phone claims

| February 28, 2017 | Reply

Refugee advocates have rejected claims by Commissioner Quaedvlieg that the use of mobile phones is linked to criminal behaviour. “The mobile phone ban is part of militarising the detention centres, and is part and parcel of a suite of punitive policies being rolled out by Border Force, “ said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee […]

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Federal Court injunction granted to stop Immigration seizing mobile phones

| February 19, 2017 | Reply

An out-of-hours special Federal Court hearing today (Sunday, 19 Feb) has granted an injunction to prevent Serco and Border Force from seizing mobile phones from detainees in onshore immigration detention, just hours before the order was to come into effect. Detainees in immigration detention faced blanket removal of their mobile phones at midnight tonight. Lawyers […]

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$20,000 bribes offered as Border Force threatens more deportations from Manus

| February 10, 2017 | Reply

Australian Border Force officials have threatened to deport more Nepalese asylum seekers from Manus Island unless the asylum seekers agree to “voluntarily” return home. The asylum seekers were told if they are forcibly deported they will get nothing, but if they agree to go voluntarily they will be paid up to $15,000. The ABF offered […]

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RALLY FOR REFUGEES ON PALM SUNDAY

| February 7, 2017 | Reply

2pm Sunday 9 April 2017, Hyde Park north Justice, peace, no racism We can do better, #BringThemHere

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Australian government figures reveal US resettlement deal over 400 places short

| February 7, 2017 | Reply

According to the latest update from Operation Sovereign Borders, the combined number of refugees on Nauru and Manus Island is 1687. http://newsroom.border.gov.au/channels/Operation-Sovereign-Borders/releases/operation-sovereign-borders-monthly-update-january-3 The White House spokesperson was reported as saying the agreement between Australia and the US is for 1250 refugees. The number of recognised refugees on Nauru grows each day as more determinations are […]

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Extreme vetting, extreme confusion: Turnbull must say no to Trump’s ban

| February 1, 2017 | Reply

The White House statement that the US resettlement deal with Australia is still “under consideration” has blown Malcolm Turnbull’s re-assurances about the deal out of the water. Turnbull’s report of his phone call with Trump obviously fell short of the truth. “Not only has Turnbull refused to condemn Trump’s ban; he has got no guaranteed […]

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