Humanity

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

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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

Immigration - The Guardian

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 »

How To Be Hateful And Idiotic And Remain In The Turnbull Ministry

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A simple illustration of Peter Dutton’s hateful and idiotic comments, by Michael Brull. New Matilda Michael Brull Let me begin with a thought experiment. A few months ago, Harriet Wran was sentenced to… How To Be Hateful And Idiotic And… Read More »

Peter Dutton’s racism to the bottom

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

Comment: Two Good – making a difference to the lives of women and children in refuge

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Domestic Violence New South Wales CEO Moo Baulch talks about the reach and impact the Too Good initiative has had on women and how little things can make a big, big difference. SBS Moo Baulch Rob (Caslick) from Two Good and I met a couple of years ago now. He came to us with a brilliant and… Comment: Two Good – making a difference to… Read More »

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

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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

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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

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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 »

How common are delays in Centrelink payments to asylum seekers?

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The payments of $433 are provided to people who are deemed eligible by the DIPB, in what has been described as a “precarious existence”. Crikey There were reports over the weekend that Nur Islam, the Rohingya asylum seeker accused of walking into a Springvale bank and setting himself alight on Friday, had experienced delays in receiving his Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) payment, although Centrelink has denied that this is the case. A tipster tells us that… How common are ... Read More »

NSW Government to give free training for Iraqi and Syrian refugees

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The New South Wales Government is offering free training programs to Iraqi and Syrian refugees resettled in the state, in an effort to help them join the workforce. ABC Raveen Hunjan It has committed $27 million over four years toward programs that assist refugees in finding a job. Last year, the Federal Government promised to accept 12,000 refugees due to… NSW Government to give free training for… Read More »

‘We are living like a dog’: Explosion in Malaysians seeking asylum in Australia

A protester wears a yellow shirt reading "Malaysian" to protest against racism during the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections rally, also known as Bersih, near the Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Malaysian security forces tightened control of Kuala Lumpur, deploying water cannons and riot police as thousands of protesters headed to the historic Independence Square to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation. Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Australia is experiencing a rapid rise in refugee claims from Malaysian nationals as the country’s ongoing political corruption scandal drags on against a backdrop of ethnic and religious tensions. SBS Robert Burton – Bradley The number of Malaysians seeking asylum in Australia has increased dramatically in the last year due to increasing political instability, ethnic tensions and rising Islamic fundamentalism. They now make up 43 percent of all claims for asylum. ‘We are living like a dog’: Explosion in Malaysians… Read More »