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17 councils call on govt to reverse SRSS cuts

Victorian councillors condemn federal cuts to asylum seeker payments Helen Davidson – The Guardian – 31 July 2018 Members of 17 councils call on Turnbull government to reverse cuts affecting asylum seekers on bridging visas Mayors and councillors from 17 Victorian councils have called on the federal government to reverse its cuts to support payments… Continue reading

Tamil asylum seekers facing deportation

Sri Lankan asylum seekers are being deported from Australia despite fears of torture by Kirsty Anantharajah – The Conversation – August 2, 2018 Earlier last month, Thileepan Gnaneswaran was separated from his wife and 11-month-old baby and deported from Australia back to Sri Lanka, the country from which he had fled six years ago. On his arrival in… Continue reading

Nauru: Court orders sick child to Oz

Peter Dutton again forced by court to transfer sick child from Nauru to Australia Case joins more than a dozen failed attempts by immigration minister to block transfer of a child Helen Davison – The Guardian – 1 August 2018 The federal court has again forced Peter Dutton to transfer a dangerously sick child from Nauru to Australia for… Continue reading

Healthcare on Manus is worse

2/818 – Going blind, begging for painkillers: Manus medical neglect continues Days after a coroner found “systemic failures” caused the death of Hamid Kehazaei on Manus Island, doctors say healthcare on the island is the worst it has been. Guardian Australia has learned of at least two critical cases being left untreated: one man faces permanent blindness and… Continue reading

George Newhouse: Inquests – Fazel Chegeni Nejad & Hamid Khazaei

31/7/18 – RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly  Inquests raise concerns about lack of health care provided in offshore detention centres – Guest: George Newhouse, Co-founder and Director, National Justice Project, talks about This week, two separate inquests that have raised serious concerns about the need for better healthcare services for to asylum seekers and refugees in offshore detention facilities.

Cambodia to receive more refugees from Australia

Cambodia’s Hun Sen ‘preparing’ to receive more refugees under deal with Australia ABC’s 4 Corners – Mon 30 July 2018 By Sophie McNeill, Sashka Koloff and Patricia Drum Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says his country is “preparing” to receive more refugees from Australia in a controversial deal that has already been labelled a failure and cost the Federal Government… Continue reading

Hamid Khazaei: Coroner to release findings

Hamid Khazaei: Coroner set to release findings on Manus asylum seeker death SBS News – 24 July 2018 Findings from a coronial inquest into the death of Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei on Manus Island are set to be handed down on Monday. Queensland’s coroner will hand down findings into the 2014 death of Iranian… Continue reading

Australia sailed asylum seekers to remote reef

Australia sailed asylum seekers to remote reef to prevent them accessing mainland By sending asylum seekers to Ashmore Reef, government wanted to ensure boat arrivals could be legally detained offshore Up to 1,600 cases of asylum seekers who were deemed to have entered Australia via Ashmore Reef and therefore made subject to offshore processing may… Continue reading

1600 asylum claims could be reopened

1600 asylum claims could be reopened due to poorly drafted regulation Ben Doherty – The Guardian – 21 July 2018 A court judgment has ruled the government’s attempt to excise Ashmore Reef from Australia’s migration zone 16 years ago was invalid. Asylum seekers who arrived through Ashmore Reef, 600km north of Broome, could sue the… Continue reading

Burnside: Nauru should shock every Australian

What is happening on Nauru should shock the conscience of every Australian Julian Burnside – The Guardian – 19 July 2018 It is important that we all know the truth of what our government is doing to innocent people In the middle of 2016 Guardian Australia published the Nauru files: more than 2,000 incident reports recording… Continue reading