Asylum Seekers

Open letter: Living in the hell called Nauru

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I am writing as a mother in Nauru house of detention. After 10 months of being detained on Christmas Island, my three-member family was brought here: myself and my husband and my son who is not yet three. As I knew we were going to be forcefully taken to Nauru, I felt sadness and spent all the night crying in ... Read More »

Our Refugee Story unfolds in Bendigo

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HUNDREDS of people gathered to hear the stories of refugees on Saturday. Refugee activist Julian Burnside, author Najaf Mazari and local Karen refugees talked about their perspectives on asylum seekers. More than 250 people listened to a discussion by panel members Bendigo Bank’s National Community Strengthening manager Chris DeAraugo, Mt Alexander Shire mayor Michael Redden, Mr Burnside, Bendigo councillor Mark Weragoda and ... Read More »

Temporary protection visa deal with Palmer United party looking shaky

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PUP leader Clive Palmer is concerned Scott Morrison’s legislation goes far beyond what was agreed Jump to comments The “deal” between the Palmer United party and the immigration minister to reintroduce temporary protection visas is looking shaky as PUP expresses deep concerns Scott Morrison’s legislation goes far beyond what was agreed. In late September, Morrison introduced legislation enacting a deal ... Read More »

An Intimate Portrait of Edward Snowden

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Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s documentary about Edward Snowden, premiered to a sold-out audience at the New York Film Festival on October 10. The film was not originally part of the festival lineup, its inclusion only announced less than a month prior. The premiere understandably generated an overwhelming amount of anticipation, promising a personal look at the enigmatic figure who leaked a ... Read More »

Anniversary of SIEV X sinking a time for reflection

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The notebook is blue, the spine reinforced with tape. The covers are fraying at the edges. The pages list every person assisted by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre since June 2001, the month it was opened. The notebook is full. It contains 7579 names. Pick any name at random and Kon Karapanagiotidis,  chief executive and founder of the centre, knows ... Read More »

Home Office ‘chaos’ over asylum appeals

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Theresa May’s department withdraws thousands of asylum refusals before appeals, leaving people in legal limbo Jump to comments Thousands of decisions by the Home Office to refuse asylum seekers and migrants permission to remain in the UK have been withdrawn before a series of appeals. A letter to Labour MP Paul Blomfield from Home Office minister James Brokenshire, filed in ... Read More »

Why we should still hang our heads in shame over SIEV X

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WHILE we mourn the dead children of MH17 and Gaza, let us remember the dead children of SIEV X. That’s the name, the infamous name given to a nameless Indonesian boat that left Bandar Lampung on an October day 13 years ago – and was to become the name of a great tragedy when, a day after its departure for ... Read More »

Cambodians launch fresh rally against Aussie refugee deal

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PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) — More than 100 human rights activists, youths and Buddhist monks marched on streets here on Friday in the latest round of protests against a refugee deal that Cambodia signed with Australia last month. Under the deal, Australia will send refugees, who intend to seek asylum in Australia, and are being held at an offshore detention camp ... Read More »