Press releases

Australian government figures reveal US resettlement deal over 400 places short

| February 7, 2017 | Reply

According to the latest update from Operation Sovereign Borders, the combined number of refugees on Nauru and Manus Island is 1687. The White House spokesperson was reported as saying the agreement between Australia and the US is for 1250 refugees. The number of recognised refugees on Nauru grows each day as more determinations are […]

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Extreme vetting, extreme confusion: Turnbull must say no to Trump’s ban

| February 1, 2017 | Reply

The White House statement that the US resettlement deal with Australia is still “under consideration” has blown Malcolm Turnbull’s re-assurances about the deal out of the water. Turnbull’s report of his phone call with Trump obviously fell short of the truth. “Not only has Turnbull refused to condemn Trump’s ban; he has got no guaranteed […]

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Two bashed Manus refugees finally released after 36 hours

| January 2, 2017 | Reply

Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi (26) and Mohammad (28), arrested and bashed by up to 10 PNG police and immigration officers on New Year’s eve have finally been released by the Manus police after more than 36 hours in custody. Despite direct pleas from other refugees, the Manus police denied them any medical attention for their […]

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Bashed Manus refugees need urgent medical treatment

| January 1, 2017 | Reply

Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi and Mohammad, arrested and bashed by up to 10 PNG police and immigration officers last night (New Years eve) on Manus Island are still in police custody 24 hours later. Neither of the refugees has been seen by doctors or received any medical attention for what appear to be serious injuries. […]

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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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