Press releases

Processing delays provoke hunger strike at Curtin detention centre

| August 7, 2014 | Reply

Eleven of the 21 Sinhalese Sri Lankan asylum seekers at Curtin detention centre have begun a hunger strike. The hunger strike, in protest at the long delays in the processing of the refugee claims began at noon, Wednesday 13 August. Out of the 21 Sinhalese at Curtin detention centre, 13 have been in detention two [...]

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Five families face transfer to toxic Christmas Island

| August 6, 2014 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition is calling on the Immigration Minister to immediately halt the imminent transfer of five families from Inverbrackie to Christmas Island. Five families (including three from Iran, one Rohingyan) in Inverbrackie have been told today that they will be returned to Christmas Island tomorrow (ie Thursday 7 August). One of the women [...]

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Alleged victims of sexual harassment threatened to be returned to Christmas Island

| August 5, 2014 | Reply

Two Iranian asylum seekers who have made formal complaints of sexual harassment against Serco guards on Christmas Island have been told that they are to be returned to the detention centre where the alleged incidents took place. The two sisters made formal complaints to the Territory and Federal Police after they were transferred from Christmas [...]

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Refugee groups welcome Morrison’s admission that Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are unsafe

| July 30, 2014 | Reply

Refugee groups have welcomed Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s recognition that Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are unsafe. Speaking to Chris Uhlmann on the ABC’s AM program on Monday 28 July, about the boat of 157 Tamil asylum seekers, Morrison contrasted the safety of India compared to countries like Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, saying, “….these people have [...]

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Hasty shift leaves 157 Tamil asylum seekers without clothes

| July 29, 2014 | Reply

The Tamil asylum seekers held at sea on the Oceanic Protector for almost a month have been left in Curtin with only the clothes they are wearing. Many of them are still in the same clothes they were wearing when they were picked up at sea at the end of June. To make matters worse, [...]

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Third flight leaves Cocos Islands carrying Tamil asylum seekers to Curtin

| July 27, 2014 | Reply

The third flight carrying Tamil asylum seekers from Cocos Islands to Curtin detention left the Cocos Islands around 3.00pm Cocos time. It is expected to arrive at Curtin at 7.46 Western Australia time. It is not known how many of the asylum seekers will remain overnight on the Cocos Islands. It is expected that the [...]

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Morrison’s backflip blows hole in Operation Sovereign Borders

| July 25, 2014 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition welcomes the government’s announcement that the 157 asylum seekers are to be brought ashore. The move represents a dramatic back-flip by the government who only two days ago told the High Court that it was their intention to hold the asylum seekers onboard the Oceanic Protector until the High Court hearing [...]

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Recordings from Cambodia deal forum

| July 23, 2014 | Reply

RAC hosted a forum “Cambodia isn’t safe for refugees” to discuss the proposed refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia. You can listen to the speeches and discussion below.

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Refugee Action Coalition repudiates allegations by The Australian and Greg Lake

| July 16, 2014 | Reply

The Australian newspaper’s ongoing attacks against the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) have no basis in fact, RAC spokesperson Ian Rintoul said today. In four issues since last Friday, the paper has been waging a campaign to discredit the claims that women in the family camp attempted suicide on Christmas Island last week. “In its concerted [...]

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Manus asylum seekers raise the alarm after witnesses to attack removed from compound

| July 14, 2014 | Reply

Asylum seekers in Mike compound on Manus Island have raised the alarm as Wilson Security guards removed two of their central representatives and another asylum seeker from the Mike Compound. The three people are also witnesses to the attack on Mike Compound on the 17 February, the night that Reza Berati was murdered. The action [...]

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