Press releases

Fourteen more refugees transferred from Nauru to Australia

| September 25, 2020 | Reply

A group of 14 refugees and people seeking asylum left Nauru for Australia, this morning, Friday 25 September. The plane is expected to arrive in Sydney early this afternoon. It is not known where the group will be quarantined. This is the second flight in three weeks bringing refugees from Nauru for medical treatment. (The […]

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Ten refugees leave Nauru for resettlement after seven years

| September 17, 2020 | Reply

Ten refugees held on Nauru by the Australian government for over seven years left Nauru this morning (Thursday 17 March) to be resettled – nine in the US and one in Norway. Three of the refugees are bound for resettlement in Texas, where over 12,000 people have died of COVID-19, a figure that highlights the […]

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Ten refugees being flown from Nauru to Australia

| September 4, 2020 | Reply

A group of ten refugees and people seeking asylum are being transferred from Nauru to Australia, this morning, Friday 4 September. The RAAF plane is expected to land in Darwin around 11.00 am Central Australia time, where the group will be hotel-quarantined. It is understood that some of the people on the flight are among […]

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First immigration detention transfers from Yongah Hill to Christmas Island

| August 14, 2020 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition understands that the first group of people being transferred from Yongah Hill immigration detention centre in Western Australia to detention on Christmas Island have been moved from the Yongah Hill detention centre, today, Friday, 14 August. They will arrive on Christmas Island this afternoon. After initial moves last Tuesday were stalled […]

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PNG and Nauru refugees fly into COVID risk of US resettlement

| July 30, 2020 | Reply

After seven years held in offshore detention, thirteen refugees – nine from PNG, four from Nauru – have left their respective prison islands this morning (Thursday 31 July) to be resettled, 12 in the US, and one from PNG to Finland. The thirteen refugees are from a range of countries including Sri Lanka, Iran, Afghanistan, […]

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Biased anti-protest comments from NSW Police Commissioner are unacceptable

| July 21, 2020 | Reply

The anti-protest comments made by NSW police commissioner, Mick Fuller, have revealed his shocking bias and inability to make an objective judgement about protests in New South Wales. Fuller well knows that on 3 July the Supreme Court upheld the right to protest in regard to a Black Lives Matter rally in Newcastle on 5 […]

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Thirty Villawood Serco guards stood down after Casula Crossroads party link

| July 13, 2020 | Reply

Around 30 Serco guards at the Villawood detention centre have been stood down to self-isolate after up to fifty Serco workers attended a Villawood manager’s party at the Casula Crossroads Hotel, the site of a COVID outbreak. It is understood the party was at the hotel took place on the weekend of 4,5 July. Unconfirmed […]

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Manus refugee bashed during Port Moresby robbery

| June 17, 2020 | Reply

A 31-year-old Bangladeshi refugee, Rafi (not his real name), was singled out and bashed when a rascal gang robbed the general store in Boroko, Port Moresby, where he was working last Saturday 13 June, around 2.10pm. Rafi was taken to the back of the shop by four or five gang members. He was beaten and […]

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Manus refugees leave PNG and Australia to face COVID-19 risk in the US

| May 21, 2020 | Reply

Despite the threat of COVID infection, 35 refugees from Manus Island have left Port Moresby today (Thursday 21 May) to fly via South Korea and Los Angeles, to finally be resettled in the United States. They will join another seven refugees from Manus Island who had been transferred to Australia for medical treatment under the […]

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Another refugee attempts suicide at Mantra Hotel

| May 12, 2020 | Reply

A 32 year-old Tamil refugee has been taken to hospital by ambulance after attempting suicide at the Mantra Hotel in Melbourne, at around 2.30pm, this afternoon (Tuesday 12 May). The man was found by his room-mate, and it is understood that he was unconscious when he was taken from the hotel. The man had been […]

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