Give asylum seekers proper assessments

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Since September 2013, the Abbott government has pursued a policy of turning back boats laden with people who either want to seek asylum or are opportunistic migrants. The Age - Editorial  In that time, 18 boats have been prevented from reaching our shores. We know that much, and not much more because details of the government’s gung-ho Operation Sovereign Borders, ... Read More »

Is this how a civilised country responds to the Rohingya crisis? Nope nope nope

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The Prime Minister says we mustn’t, under any circumstances, encourage people smugglers. International law, the reaction of our neighbours, sheer humanity are all to be subordinated to this imperative, writes Mungo MacCallum. TheDRUM - By Mungo MacCallum Nope, nope, nope – the most negative and illiterate of all Tony Abbott’s three word slogans. His rejection of even the merest consideration of ... Read More »

Tony Abbott getting it wrong on the Roingya

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Something is very rotten in the state of Myanmar. By any measure and any definition, a tiny ethnic minority of Myanmar is the subject of genocide. This is not something recent, even if it has been largely ignored by Western governments and media. It has been going on for more than a decade. The Canberra Times - Irfan Yusuf Something is also ... Read More »

Royal commission into child sex abuse investigating Immigration Department

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The royal commission into child sex abuse has demanded immigration authorities hand over a series of documents in a move that could eventually widen to see Australia’s detention centres become a target of the inquiry. The Sydney Morning Herald - Sarah Whyte and Bevan Shields Documents obtained by Fairfax Media in response to questions about children in detention show the powerful commission has ... Read More »

Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople

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The Philippines said May 19 it was ready to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople, as its Southeast Asian neighbours faced outrage for turning them away. Hurriyet – MANILA – Agence France-Presse The Philippines is obliged to help the migrants, many of whom are fleeing persecution, because it is party to the 1951 United Nations convention on refugees, foreign affairs department spokesman ... Read More »

Nauru detention centre: Senior managers unable to answer key questions in Senate abuse inquiry

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Senior managers of the Nauru detention facility have been unable to answer key questions at a Senate inquiry into abuse allegations, frustrating senators who described their lack of knowledge as “extraordinary”. ABC – By political correspondent Emma Griffiths, staff VIDEO: Nauru managers have trouble answering inquiry questions (Photo: AAP) (ABC News) The Senate Select Committee on the Recent Allegations relating to ... Read More »

Claims guards traded cigarettes for sexual favours on Nauru, Senate inquiry told

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Sexual assault by guards among harrowing submissions The Age – Sarah Whyte, Immigration correspondent Security contractors admit there has been “at least one incident” where guards “mishandled” asylum seekers on Nauru and they are aware of allegations of staff trading contraband such as cigarettes for sexual favours on the island. A Senate inquiry was also told a woman said she had been raped by ... Read More »

Special Issue : Greek Citizenship

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INTERVIEW: Alternate Minister of Migration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou on New Citizenship Bill GNA – Alternate Minister for Migration Policy, Tasia Christodoulopoulou, was interviewed by Greek News Agenda on the subject of proposed citizenship legislation, which was uploaded for public consultation yesterday (May 15). The Bill regulates the granting of citizenship to second generation immigrants, amending Law 3838/2010. 1) Could ... Read More »