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June 2021

Refugee Week

June 20 - June 26

People around Australia will be celebrating Refugee Week 2021

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July 2021


July 19

The 19 July each year reminds us that this was the day that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd declared that asylum seekers who arrived by boat would have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees. Rudd made a deal that saw asylum seekers sent to Papua New Guinea. The arrangement was to be effective for 12 months, but after 8 years, there are still people trapped in PNG and on Nauru

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August 2021

Tampa – 20 Years On

August 24

At dawn on 24 August 2001, the Palapa, a 20-metre wooden fishing boat, was rescued by the MV Tampa, a Norwegian container vessel.

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October 2021


October 19

SIEV X was the name assigned by Australian authorities to an Indonesian fishing boat carrying 421 people seeking asylum in Australia. Approximately 146 children, 142 women and 65 men. A Senate Select Committee investigated the SIEV-X sinking, and concluded that "... it extraordinary that a major human disaster could occur in the vicinity of a theatre of intensive Australian operations and remain undetected until three days after the event, without any concern being raised within intelligence and decision making circles."…

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