Humanity

Existence of ‘pivotal’ letter from Scott Morrison on boat turnbacks revealed

Document sought in FoI case purports to authorise possibly unlawful return of asylum seekers to Indonesia The Guardian Christopher Knaus The existence of a “pivotal” letter purporting to show the immigration minister’s authorisation of possibly unlawful asylum seeker turnbacks has been revealed in the closing stages of a long-running freedom of information case. The case began in early 2014 when the then… Existence of ‘pivotal’ letter from… Read More »

My country, my shame

Australia has received an unprecedented amount of negative publicity in recent weeks. Amnesty International has accused us of torturing refugees on Nauru, Their report, titled the ‘Island of Despair’, has provided factual stories of the sufferings that are inflicted on refugees there. On Line Opinion Peter Bowden The ABC Four Corners program highlighted a similar story: The Forgotten Children. That story told us of the abuse this country is inflicting on… My country, my… Read More »

Court no place for commentary: Chief Magistrate

Queensland Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo says the court is no place for political commentary after a magistrate made supportive remarks to three women charged over a political protest. Brisbane Times Scarlett Squire, Kelly Purnell and Ellen Sargent pleaded guilty in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court last week and were each fined $100 for unregulated, high-risk activity and obstructing police. The trio scaled Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s office in… Court no place for… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island needed higher care, paramedic tells inquest

There was a general consensus among staff working at the medical clinic at the Manus Island detention centre that Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei needed to be provided with higher care, an inquest into his death has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Mr Khazaei died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the medical clinic on Manus Island with a fever and chills. The 24-year-old was flown from… Hamid Khazaei: Iranian asylum seeker on… Read More »

Delay to treatment of Hamid Kehazaei before he died revealed in leaked files

Exclusive: Ahead of inquest, documents show how Australian immigration department held up transfer of asylum seeker from Manus Island for treatment The Guardian Ben Doherty In the weeks before he contracted an infection inside the Manus Island detention centre that would ultimately lead to his death, asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaeispent his days caring for and cleaning excrement from the body, clothes and bed of a fellow asylum seeker who was in the grip of a severe “mental crisis” but whom ... Read More »

Peter Dutton’s racism to the bottom

Whatever way you cut it, Australian politics in the past week travelled further down the low road of ignorance, prejudice and bigotry. The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno It’s the new fashion propelled by the extraordinary success in Britain and the United States of politicians who push these buttons. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, already a practitioner in… Peter Dutton’s racism to the… Read More »

Senior US Republicans criticise ‘secret’ refugee deal with Australia

Lawmakers demand details of agreement to resettle refugees held in offshore detention centres, asking why Australia ‘refuses to admit these individuals’ The Guardian Helen Davidson Two senior Republicans have written to the Obama administration demanding it release details of the US-Australia refugee deal and accusing it of withholding information from Congress. The two men also raised “concern” about… Senior US Republicans criticise… Read More »

Australian government concedes evidence against asylum seeker was obtained by torture

Exclusive: Sayed Abdellatif is still held in detention in Sydney even though immigration minister Peter Dutton was briefed 18 months ago that evidence used in Egypt to convict him was discredited The Guardian Ben Doherty and Sarah Malik Sayed Abdellatif’s horizons are low already, and narrowing still. Where once he could wave to his family through… Australian government concedes evidence against… Read More »

I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my whole life. First in playgrounds, now by Peter Dutton

The immigration minister’s remarks about Lebanese Muslims shows he is unaware of both the history of successful integration, and the direct consequences of his words The Guardian Antoun Issa The outrage directed at Peter Dutton over his misguided comments about Muslims of Lebanese background is a necessary pushback against the growing racist populism sweeping the Western world. Perhaps it was the victory of Donald Trump that emboldened Dutton to… I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my… Read More »

Secret emails reveal how Transfield got Nauru contract

Why did Transfield get the contract to run the offshore detention center on Nauru when it had not even sent in an official proposal? Crikey Josh Taylor Emails obtained by Crikey show Immigration was so keen for Transfield to be given the contract to manage the Nauru offshore immigration detention centre back in 2012 that the department handed Transfield the proposal it had sent to rival company Serco. In September, the Australian National Audit Office delivered a scathing report of… Secret ... Read More »

Europe migrant crisis: A third of child asylum seekers ‘missing’ after Calais Jungle closure

Nearly a third of the child asylum seekers being tracked by a refugee charity have gone missing since the “Jungle” migrant camp in the French city of Calais was dismantled last month, the organisation says. ABC Refugee Youth Service said it could not locate a third of the 179 children it had been tracking since authorities bulldozed the camp, home to up to 10,000 people fleeing war or poverty in the Middle East and Africa. The fate of children staying ... Read More »

Did Dutton’s anti-Muslim spray breach section 18C?

The bigger question however is not Dutton’s legal but his moral culpability. Crikey Michael Bradley It’s best to always assume conscious intent behind politicians’ choice of language. That’s the lens to apply in considering… Did Dutton’s anti-Muslim spray… Read More »

The world’s most generous countries

It seems that lending a helping hand to a stranger can be more than just a good deed. By Lindsey Galloway In fact, according to research consulting company Gallup, a culture’s willingness to help others is a strong indicator of… The world’s most… Read More »

Old public housing to be bulldozed for new homes for family violence victims

Ageing public housing units will be bulldozed to make way for new homes for family violence victims under a $200 million plan from the Andrews government. The Age Richard Willingham The overhaul is part of the government’s 10-year family violence strategy, to be released on Thursday, in response to the Royal Commission. Service providers briefed on Wednesday heard that long-term targets for… Old public housing to be bulldozed for new homes for… Read More »