Press releases

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2 March), the government is releasing a number of refugees from Nauru who were transferred after the Medevac laws were repealed.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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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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