ALP Right push to adopt hardline boat turn-back policy

Aslyum seekers: Labor’s Right mounting push to adopt Abbott Government’s hardline boat turn-back policy

Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon told Sky News the return to offshore processing saw boat flows drop about 90 per cent in the latter years of Labor’s term in government but said he believed turn-backs should be part of the policy toolkit.

“I think that there’s a powerful argument that you need a whole range of tools to ensure that the flows don’t begin again,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“Now, one of those tools currently is boat turn-backs. Personally I believe turn-backs will remain part of Labor policy.”

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Stalling the lawyers who aid asylum seekers

Stalling the lawyers who aid asylum seekers

Serious concerns over “Fast Track Processing” of Asylum Seekers
“[David Manne] is a lawyer, not a fundraiser. Nine times he and his organisation have been involved in High Court challenges to federal government immigration policies, and nine times they have prevailed.

“Right now, the battle is for funds, because the Abbott government, in its relentless campaign to deny asylum seekers, is adopting a starve-them-out strategy.

“Those asylum seekers wanting to avail themselves of TPVs are given 28 days to lodge their applications under the government’s new “fast-track” processing system.

“This is profoundly concerning. It’s a very serious situation,” says Manne. “As the federal government starts to process the cases of 31,000 asylum seekers and refugees seeking protection here, there have been major cuts to funding for legal assistance. More than 80 per cent of funding for our core client work has been cut. It’s a massive cut.”

“This cut applies not just to Manne’s organisation but also to all organisations providing legal help for asylum seekers.”

The Saturday Paper, 20 June 2015

Call for Assistance with Refugees in the Ukraine

Call for Assistance with Refugees in the Ukraine

23 June 2015

Dear friends

We are Regional Charitable foundation Teenager and we are asking for your help.

Our organization is taking care about refugees in Luhansk, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk  regions for a year already. Some of our volunteers and employees are these refugees.

In May 2014 we establish refugee camp in Lviv region (, which provided shelter for about 100 people. We offered free food and place to live. In Luhansk and Ivano-Frankivsk regions we are coordinating cooperation of refugee organizations and provide humanitarian aid ( However our resources are limited. Help which is provided by our partners from Finland, Germany and Canada is way below the volume we need for refugees in these regions.

The situation in Ukraine is far from solution. Thousand of refugees can’t get to their homes and take their things to territories under governmental control. War continues over a year and we do not see its end. Refugees have no clothes, homes and government does not support them (help for each person is about 30 Euro).

We need the following thins (1 is the most urgent):

  1. Food – cereal (different types), olive oil, condensed milk, meat and fish preserves, sweets for children, tea and coffee. Everything should be with a long date of expiry.
  2. Clothes – winter, spring and autumn, shoes both for children and grown ups.
  3. Toys, bicycles, office supplies.
  4. Utensils – frying pans, pots, dishes, mugs.
  5. Toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, mesh brushes and towels.
  6. Blenders, electric kettles, microwave ovens.

We would greatly appreciate if you will spread this information further to those who can help us with things and money. We guarantee full reports. If you can help us with money that would be good too.

We can discuss the details by email


Best regards

Sergey Popov

Head of Board Charitable Foundation “Regional charitable foundation “Teenager”


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ABC: 4 Corners: Journey Into Hell

4 Corners:  Journey Into Hell

Series 2015 | Episode 21

A journey into hell as we go undercover on the trail of the people smugglers. #4Corners

  • ABC Monday 22 June 2015, 8:30pm
  • ABC Tuesday 23 June 2015, 10:00am (Repeat)
  • ABC Thursday 25 June 2015, 12:20am (Repeat)
  • ABC News 24 Saturday 27 June 2015, 8:00pm (Repeat)