Press releases

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2 March), the government is releasing a number of refugees from Nauru who were transferred after the Medevac laws were repealed.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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Manus asylum seeker in Bomana starts hunger strike after delays from PNG Supreme Court

| March 1, 2021 | Reply

A Bangladeshi asylum seeker, Helal, 31, with a wife and three-year-old son on Manus Island, has begun a hunger strike in Bomana prison where he has been held for over a year. Helal is protesting the failure of the Supreme Court to meet its own February deadline to hand down an appeal decision. Helal’s only […]

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Twenty-five Medevac refugees being freed in Brisbane

| March 1, 2021 | Reply

Twenty-three Medevac refugees who have been held in the Kangaroo Point hotel for up to two years are being released on bridging visas this morning, Monday 1 March. It is understood that another two Medevac refugees will be released from BITA, making a total of 25 being released today. Those from Kangaroo Point are being […]

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Tamil refugee hit and run victim medivacced to Australia

| February 14, 2021 | Reply

The seriously injured 36-year-old Tamil refugee who was the victim of the deliberate hit and run attack on Nauru last Tuesday night (9 February), was transferred by air ambulance to Australia late on Friday, 12 February. The refugee was transported from Nauru to Sydney, arriving in the early hours of Saturday morning (13 February) – […]

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Tamil refugee seriously injured after vicious hit and run on Nauru

| February 11, 2021 | Reply

A 36-year-old Tamil refugee is expected to be transferred by air ambulance from Nauru to Australia later today (Thursday 11 February) after being deliberately run down at around 11.00pm, Tuesday night (9 February), by a carload of local Nauruans. The refugee was riding his motorcycle when the car struck him from behind, knocking him off […]

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Refugee in hotel self-harms amidst Dutton’s chaotic refugee release

| January 21, 2021 | Reply

A Bengali refugee has attempted self-harm in the Park Hotel this afternoon, following the release of another 24 refugees from the hotel. Anxiety grew among the fourteen men left behind after the release of the refugees this morning that they would not be released and would be taken into detention in MITA. The Bengali man’s […]

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Surprise release of 45 Medevac refugees from detention

| January 20, 2021 | Reply

Around 45 Medevac refugees have been released from Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation and from the Park Hotel in Swanston Street. The surprise releases follow the release of seven Medevac refugees last year. “While it is very good news that the government has begun the release of refugees brought from Manus and Nauru for medical treatment, […]

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More fires and tear gas on Christmas Island as ABF moves to retake compounds

| January 10, 2021 | Reply

Fires could be seen in Blue and Green compounds inside the Christmas Island detention centre last night (Saturday 9 January), amid reports that protests had erupted again and Serco and ABF were attempting to re-take control of those compounds. Serco has been recruiting extra guards (with ERT, ie riot control, experience) from mainland detention centres […]

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