Press releases

Protests; self-harm continue on Nauru

| September 27, 2014 | Reply

Protests and self harm have continued in Nauru over night (Friday) and into the second day (Saturday 27 September) since the government’s announcement that it intends to re-introduce temporary protection visas. Up to 500 people in the family camp (OPC 3) were involved in serial protests last night (Friday, 26 September), as groups of asylum [...]

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Protests; self-harm rock Nauru after TPV and Cambodia announcement

| September 26, 2014 | Reply

In the aftermath of asylum seekers and refugees being shown a video of Scott Morrison announcing that TPVs would never apply to Nauru, protests, both inside and outside, the detention centre has rocked Nauru. Protests yesterday afternoon, have been followed by more protests and self-harm incidents today, Friday, 26 September. Inside the detention centres, there [...]

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Not just TPVs: Morrison moves to boost Maritime Powers Act; Enshrine screening out, Restrict children’s rights and undermine the Refugee Convention

| September 25, 2014 | Reply

The government’s “Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014” introduced Thursday 25 September goes much further than establishing TPVs. In sweeping changes to definitions and processing arrangements, the Minister is trying to use the legislation to undermine human rights and remove appeal rights for asylum seekers. The legislation also [...]

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Palmer sold a pup – shameful capitulation to cruel TPV deal

| September 25, 2014 | Reply

Refugee advocates have condemned the deal struck between Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and the Palmer United Party to introduce Temporary Protection Visas and safe haven enterprise visas. Neither visa allows for permanent protection, nor for family reunion. Tens of thousands of people found to be refugees will be left as a permanent underclass, deprived of [...]

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Advocates reject Morrison’s TPV blackmail

| September 11, 2014 | Reply

Refugee advocates have rejected Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s latest push to introduce Temporary Protection Visas. “The Minister is holding asylum seeker children hostage to the introduction of Temporary Protection Visas,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “We are calling on all Parliamentarians to reject the Minister’s blackmail attempt and vote against the [...]

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Justice for Hamid: Close Manus Island, End offshore processing

| September 5, 2014 | Reply

“The death of Hamid Khazayi, the 24 year-old Iranian asylum seeker whose life support system was turned off on Friday evening, is senseless and inexcusable,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. “That a man could die in this way while supposedly in the care of the Immigration Department says everything about the [...]

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Manus Island claims another victim as asylum seeker declared brain dead. Manus detainees accuse IHMS

| September 3, 2014 | Reply

A 24 year-old Iranian asylum seeker, Hamid Kehazaei, who was urgently medivacced from Manus Island to Brisbane on Wednesday, 27 August has been declared to be ‘brain dead’. By the time Hamid was medivacced to Brisbane, he was suffering septicaemia, from an infection spreading from a cut foot, and went directly into intensive care in [...]

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Stand up for refugees rally

| August 29, 2014 | Reply

2pm Saturday 11 October Sydney Town Hall

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First forced asylum removal to Afghanistan scheduled for tonight, Tuesday 26 August

| August 26, 2014 | Reply

A last minute application in Federal Circuit Court and an appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Commission are underway to try and prevent the forced removal of an asylum seeker to Afghanistan. The decision by the Federal Circuit Court is due to handed down at 3pm this afternoon. The 29 year-old Afghan asylum seeker, [...]

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Children and families out of detention? – not really!

| August 19, 2014 | Reply

The government announcement that children and families are to be released from mainland immigration detention is deceptive, selective and half-hearted according to the Refugee Action Coalition. The Minister’s announcement mostly refers to children and families already living in the community. The Minister is really announcing shifting the status of families from community detention to bridging [...]

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