Press releases

Brutality rules New Year on Manus

| January 1, 2017 | Reply

Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi and Mohammad, have been savagely beaten by PNG police and PNG Immigration officials on New’s Eve. (See photos of Mehdi in green T shirt.) The two refugees were in the Lorengau settlement area on Manus last night when PNG officials arrested them around 8pm. The refugees say they were doing nothing […]

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Car torched as Nauruan local terrorise refugee settlement

| December 17, 2016 | Reply

Nauruan locals have terrorised a refugee settlement on Nauru. Around 3.30am, Friday morning (16 December), refugees were awoken by locals shouting “F*** refugees; F*** Off; Go to America.” Doors were bashed and rocks pelted at the converted shipping containers that serve as refugee accommodation at Nibok. Air-conditioning units attached to the walls of the refugee […]

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Message of support for teachers’ refugee t-shirt action

| December 12, 2016 | Reply

We would like to add our support to the Teachers for Refugees t-shirt action planned for the week of the 12th of December, where teachers will wear t-shirts with the slogans “Teachers for Refugees—Close the Camps, Bring them Here” in schools and workplaces. The action has already been supported by the Australian Education Union (Victoria […]

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Refugee advocates reject detention mobile phone ban

| November 21, 2016 | Reply

Refugee advocates have rejected the Australian Border Force announcement that mobile phones will be banned from detention centres. Asylum seekers who have arrived by boat are already banned from having a mobile phone. “The ban on asylum seekers having mobile phones in detention will be vigorously fought. The ban is punitive and unnecessary,” said Ian […]

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Uncertainty surrounds US refugee deal: Australia needs to bring them here

| November 13, 2016 | Reply

LIFETIME BAN EXPOSED AS A STUNT The announcement by US Secretary of State, John Kerry and now by Malcolm Turnbull, that the US will consider refugees from Nauru referred to it by the UNHCR has done little to settle the issue of offshore detention. “It is an admission that Nauru and Manus Island are offshore […]

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Labor’s opposition to lifetimeban exposes third country myth – Now Bring Them Here

| November 8, 2016 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has welcomed Labor’s stand against Turnbull’s attempt to impose a lifetime ban on asylum seekers and refugees sent to Nauru or Manus Island ever entering Australia. Turnbull’s lifetime ban proposal was always a political stunt from a government that is sinking further in the opinion polls. Labor’s stance makes it almost […]

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Government rattled by PNG Supreme Court action – unpopular Turnbull turns to refugee bashing

| October 31, 2016 | Reply

The Turnbull government’s announcement that it intends to ban for life, asylum seekers and refugees, who attempted to travel to Australia by boat after 19 July 2013, has been dismissed as political grandstanding by the Refugee Action Coalition. “This is a desperate headline-grabbing announcement from a Prime Minister whose is now less popular than Tony […]

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Port Moresby Supreme Court set for decision on return of Manus refugees

| October 25, 2016 | Reply

A full bench hearing of the PNG Supreme Court, on Thursday 27 October, will consider an application on behalf of 302 Manus asylum seekers and refugees for the return to Australia of all those asylum seekers and refugees who wish to do so. The lead counsel acting for the Manus asylum seekers will be retired […]

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Teachers demand an end to all the secrecy provisions of the Border Force Act

| October 21, 2016 | Reply

Teachers for Refugees today welcomed the government’s amendments of 30 September to the Border Force Act which exempt “Health Professionals” from its notorious “secrecy provisions”. However, we are incensed that teachers and other professionals like social workers, who speak out about conditions in immigration detention, are still liable to large fines and up to two […]

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Support the doctors’ march for refugees

| October 14, 2016 | Reply

CLOSE MANUS CLOSE NAURU 1pm Saturday 5 November, Hyde Park north Doctors for Refugees is calling on all Australian doctors and their supporters—specifically other health professionals but also the general public—to march on November 5th to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

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