Asylum seekers say they were raped and tortured after Australia sent them back to Sri Lanka

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Asylum seekers returned from Australia to Sri Lanka say they have since been raped and tortured in their homeland. A number of asylum seekers spoke to SBS reporter Dr David Corlett about their experiences since the Australian government rejected their refugee claims and sent them back to Sri Lanka. They said they were asked whether they were members of the Tamil Tigers, ... Read More »

Germany scraps tuition fees for all universities

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Politicians say charging young people for education is ‘socially unjust’ – hear that, UK? Less than a year after the British government realised that the hike in tuition fees accomplished absolutely nothing besides landing students in more debt, Germany has decided to abolish fees for all universities. What’s the German word for “deep regret at choosing the wrong place of study, tinged with envy and ... Read More »

Lawyers Say New Immigration Law Targets 10-month Old Oz-Born Asylum Seeker Baby

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The Abbott Government – with the help of Palmer United – have introduced legislation targeting asylum seeker babies. Max Chalmers reports. Lawyers representing a 10-month-old asylum seeker have blasted a Bill that would prevent children born in Australian detention centres from applying for protection visas. Katie Robertson, an Associate in law firm Maurice Blackburn’s social justice department, told New Matilda ... Read More »

Detention centre child sex abuse claims number in dozens

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Allegations of 33 cases of sexual abuse involving children in detention centres in Australia have emerged. Immigration department figures obtained by Fairfax Media show that there were 33 cases of alleged sexual assault involving children in Australian detention centres and Christmas Island between January 2013 and March 2014. The figures do not extend to Nauru or Manus. The figures follow allegations ... Read More »

Sexual abuse, rape threats alleged by Nauru asylum seekers

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Asylum seekers have made allegations of sexual abuse of women and children and threats of rape by guards working in the detention centre on Nauru. One female detainee has detailed her claims to Fairfax Media and Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, including threats that she would be raped if her refugee status was recognised and she was released into the Nauruan community. ... Read More »

MONA director David Walsh started museum out of guilt for making millions as professional gambler


MONA founder David Walsh says guilt over making millions of dollars as a professional gambler was one of the driving forces behind his decision to set up the internationally famous Hobart gallery. Mr Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art is now a major tourist drawcard on the Hobart waterfront, drawing visitors from all over the world. But the gambler-turned-art ... Read More »

Key of Sea

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The Wheeler Centre, 6:15PM – 7:15PM, Wednesday 01 October 2014 Join us for an emotional night of storytelling and song. The Key of Sea produces creative projects – albums and journals – that celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. The albums pair established artists with musicians escaping war, hardship or persecution. In this intimate evening, we’ll hear from Danny Katz, Oslo Davis, ... Read More »

200 Turkish intellectuals call for help to Kobane

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Two hundred Turkish academics, writers and civil society activists issued a statement on Sept. 27, calling on the Turkish people as well as all international organizations, especially the United Nations, to take a strong position in defense of Kobane, which has been under siege of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. The statement is as follows: ... Read More »