Press releases

No to offshore detention: Not here, not Denmark, not anywhere

| May 24, 2021 | Reply

Australia has pioneered a virus of human rights abuse that is now spreading across the globe. Australia was the first developed nation to implement mandatory offshore detention of refugees in third-party countries, when it opened detention centres on Nauru and Manus island in 2001, reopening them in 2012. The government’s elaborate system of border authoritarianism, […]

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Escape tunnel to freedom found in Yongah Hill detention centre

| May 11, 2021 | Reply

An elaborate escape tunnel has been uncovered in the Falcon compound of Yongah Hill detention centre in Western Australia. The tunnel was discovered around 10.00am yesterday morning (Monday 10 May). The tunnel, around three metres deep and 20 metres long, led from beneath the floor of room 6F in one of the accommodation blocks in […]

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Medevac refugees petition Home Affairs Minister for release

| May 4, 2021 | Reply

More than 60 refugees and asylum seekers transferred to Australia from Manus and Nauru under the Medevac laws in 2019, and another nine who were brought by the Australian government in February 2020, after the Medevac laws were repealed, have written to the Minister for Home Affairs, Karen Andrews, to request that the Minister uses […]

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Government faces criminal charges over Villawood suicide

| April 26, 2021 | Reply

Refugee supporters will hold a protest outside the Downing Street Centre, tomorrow, 9.00am Tuesday 27 April. Inside the court, at 9.30am there will be a “mention hearing” of charges against the Australian government and the detention medical services provider over the suicide death of an Iraqi man in Villawood in 2019. The charges – the […]

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Armed Raskols terrorise asylum seekers in Port Moresby

| April 22, 2021 | Reply

On Tuesday, 20 April, an early morning attack on a Port Moresby apartment accommodation by an armed rascal gang in Port Moresby has left asylum seekers being housed there in fear of their lives. A group of about eight PNG nationals armed with shotguns and pistols confronted unarmed guards at the Citi Apartments around 3.30am […]

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Kangaroo Point refugees now being moved to Melbourne detention

| April 19, 2021 | Reply

Seventeen Medevac refugees, twelve of those who were forcibly shifted from Kangaroo Point to BITA detention centre last Friday, were woken at 4.00am this morning (Monday 19 April) before being bussed to the airport to be transferred to detention in Melbourne. (Video clip showing some of the chaos of Friday’s move out of Kangaroo Point […]

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Kangaroo Point Medevac refugees being moved to BITA by force

| April 16, 2021 | Reply

This afternoon, police and Serco officers are forcibly moving the remaining Medevac refugees from Kangaroo Point hotel to the Brisbane Immigration Detention Centre. Despite refugee supporters gathering quickly at the gates of the hotel to protest against the move, two minibuses of refugees have left the hotel. The forced moves comes just a couple of […]

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Suicide attempt and bashing reveals mental health crisis in Brisbane detention centres

| March 5, 2021 | Reply

The release of Medevac refugees from the Kangaroo Point hotel earlier this week has increased the uncertainty and anxiety among those left behind, creating a mental health crisis in the Brisbane detention centres. Three incidents yesterday (Thursday 4 March) have resulted in one refugee being hospitalised and two others in isolation in the Brisbane Immigration […]

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Ex-Nauru refugees released in Sydney and Darwin: Now free them all

| March 2, 2021 | Reply

The government’s capricious and chaotic release of refugees continues. Following the release of medevac refugees in Brisbane, yesterday and today (1 and 2 March), the government is releasing a number of refugees from Nauru who were transferred after the Medevac laws were repealed. In Darwin, a family of four, who were transferred from Nauru for […]

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Another 25 Medevac refugees released in Brisbane

| March 2, 2021 | Reply

Twenty-five Medevac refugees are being released on bridging visas in Brisbane this morning (2 March) – 23 from Kangaroo Point and 2 from the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA). (Photo of Kangaroo Point refugees arriving at BITA attached.) Their release follows yesterday’s release of 25 Medevac refugees in Brisbane (22 from Kangaroo Point and 3 from […]

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