Press releases

Hunger strike against prison conditions in Melbourne detention; video footage exposes guard thuggery

| January 10, 2019 | Reply

Around 200 detainees in MITA North, the new high security compound inside the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA), have begun a hunger strike in protest against the compound’s prison conditions and guard brutality. The hunger strike began on Tuesday morning (8 January), and was continuing on Wednesday night. Ironically, the hunger strike has exposed the […]

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Government detention closure announcement is a fraud

| January 2, 2019 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has dismissed the government announcement that Maribyrnong and Blaxland at Villawood will close, as an empty gesture. “The fact is that the government has increased detention capacity with new compounds being opened at Yongah Hill, and a high detention facility opening in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation, to replace Maribyrnong,” said […]

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Mental health crisis on Manus Island, Labor must back Phelps’ bill

| December 4, 2018 | Reply

There are now almost daily suicide attempts among refugees on Manus Island, and no medical facilities to cope with the crisis. The small Pacific International Hospital (PIH) at the East Lorengau compound has only one room to treat emergency patients, so there is no place to care for in-patients, so they are returned unsupervised to […]

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Bill in Parliament to get all children and families off Nauru: Contact Labor MPs

| November 22, 2018 | Reply

Call for all Labor MP’s to support Independent MP Andrew Wilkie’s Bill to bring all children, their families and separated family units from Nauru to Australia. Andrew Wilkie, supported by Adam Bandt (The Greens), and Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie, has moved a bill in Parliament that, if carried, would require the government to bring […]

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Refugee rights campaign wins as children come off Nauru

| November 21, 2018 | Reply

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Manus rejections more proof of failure of US resettlement deal

| November 7, 2018 | Reply

Yesterday, Tuesday 6 November, 32 people on Manus Island received answers to their applications for resettlement in the US. Only nine of the 32 were accepted – four Rohingyans, three Afghans, one Tamil, two Pakistanis. The only Iranian in this most recent list was rejected by the US. There were no Somalis, or Sudanese on […]

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As Morrison refuses compromise on kids, #BringThemHere now

| October 27, 2018 | Reply

Nauru is in the grip of a rapidly deteriorating medical crisis. The dire medical state of many of the refugees, including children refusing food and drink for a number of weeks, has been compounded by the Nauru Government’s move to kick both medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières, and the IHMS senior doctor off the island. […]

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Nauru crisis continues: one medivac, three more families fly to Australia

| October 24, 2018 | Reply

A pregnant Iranian refugee and her husband have been taken by air ambulance from Nauru to Australia today, Wednesday 24 October. (The nature of the medical emergency is not known.) Following the medivac, three more refugee families, two Iranian and one Bangladeshi, were also flown from Nauru to Australia today, as the medical emergency on […]

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PNG Supreme Court dismisses Manus case on technicality

| October 23, 2018 | Reply

The PNG Supreme Court has dismissed the case of Behrouz Boochani and 730 other Manus detainees for the constitutional enforcement of their rights. The Supreme Court ruled that the case was essentially a compensation case for the breach of their human rights prior to the Supreme Court orders in 2016 that the Lombrum detention centre […]

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Refugee advocates say no to the ‘lifetime ban’ bill, No conditions on New Zealand resettlement

| October 23, 2018 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition is calling on all Labor, Green and Independent politicians to completely reject the Liberals’ lifetime ban bill that would ban any refugees sent to Manus and Nauru from ever entering Australia. This is no justification for accepting any Liberal conditions on New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees. Legal action will […]

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