Press releases

Refugee supporters march on Morrison’s office to oppose offshore processing

| June 20, 2014 | Reply

Refugee supporters will rally in Cronulla and march on the electorate office of Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, tomorrow, 12 noon, Saturday, 21 June. The rally will begin in Monro Park (opposite the Cronulla railway station) and then march on Morrison’s electorate office. Speakers at the rally will include, David Shoebridge (Greens MLC NSW), Genevieve Kelly, [...]

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Minister’s bluster over Christmas Island legal case reveals unconcern with safety of life at sea

| June 17, 2014 | Reply

Minister Morrison’s misleading and unfounded attacks on families of the SIEV 221 suing the Australian government reveal his complete lack of concern for saving lives at sea. “The same Minister that issued misleading statements after the death of Reza Barati on Manus Island, is now guilty of making false comments about the legal case against [...]

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Refugee groups petition Labor politicians to oppose off-shore processing

| June 13, 2014 | Reply

A petition with over 3600 signatures is being delivered to Labor members of Parliament over the next few days calling on the Labor politicians to support a resolution being to the Federal Labor parliamentary caucus opposing offshore processing of asylum seekers. (The petition can be viewed at: https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/bill-shorten-oppose-offshore-detention-of-asylum-seekers) Federal Labor politicians ignored official Labor policy [...]

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Immigration removes pregnant family group to Nauru after change of heart over termination

| June 6, 2014 | Reply

Last minute legal action failed to prevent the Immigration department from removing an Iranian family group from Darwin to Nauru. The family group of four (including their five year old son) was brought to Darwin from Nauru in early May, when the woman was three months pregnant seeking to terminate her pregnancy. However in the [...]

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World Refugee Day rally

| June 5, 2014 | Reply

Stop the war on refugees March on Scott Morrison’s office 12pm Saturday 21 June, Monro Park, Cronulla (opposite Cronulla station)

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Serco breaks wrists for ‘non-compliant behaviour’, sack the Serco thugs; sack Morrison

| June 5, 2014 | Reply

Eye-witness accounts of the riot squad attack on peaceful protests on Christmas Island have revealed more of the brutality of the attack and disproportionate force used by the Serco Emergency Response Team. One of the asylum seekers injured remains in hospital with a broken hand/wrist after the riot squad re-broke his hand with such severity [...]

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Asylum seekers injured by baton-wielding police in brutal suppression of peaceful protest

| June 3, 2014 | Reply

Reports from Christmas Island indicate that at least six people were taken by ambulance out of the detention centre following the bashing of peaceful protesters by the Federal Police riot squad. Asylum seekers who witnessed the baton-wielding, helmeted riot squad attacking the protesters said they saw people whose faces and shirts were covered in blood. [...]

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Christmas Island peaceful protest forcibly suppressed

| June 3, 2014 | Reply

Australian Federal Police dressed in riot gear have forcibly suppressed the peaceful protest on Christmas Island. Around 11.00am yesterday (Monday 2 June), the riot squad attacked the group of 75 asylum seekers who had been on hunger strike and peacefully protesting in green zone since Tuesday last week. The seventy-five had remained outside the compounds [...]

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Hundreds on hunger strike, seven stitch lips as Christmas Island protest spreads

| June 1, 2014 | Reply

Around 75 asylum seekers who began their protest in solidarity with Reza Barati last Tuesday are in their sixth day of hunger strike – having slept Saturday night outside their compounds, in the rain. In response to the protest, Immigration and Serco have locked down the whole of the detention centre, confining hundreds of asylum [...]

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End the farce: Reza Barati protest calls for an independent inquiry

| May 29, 2014 | Reply

Refugee supporters will hold a protest and vigil today, Thursday 5.30pm, Sydney Town Hall to mark 100 days since Reza Barati was killed on Manus Island and to call for an independent inquiry into Reza’s death and the brutal attacks on the asylum seekers on 17 February. “The so-called investigations into the death of Reza [...]

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