Get Fact: were there really 50,000 boat arrivals a year under Labor?


Prime Minister Tony Abbott has consistently said that the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat (or “illegal maritime arrivals”, in the government’s parlance) reached a rate of almost 50,000 a year by midway through last year. But did it? Certainly, if true, these are arresting figures. In fact, the government reported only 17,202 asylum seekers in 2012 and a further 13,108 to the ... Read More »

Malmstrom Visits New Migrant Centre

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Visiting European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom expressed satisfaction with the conditions of the new migrant reception centre, on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, on Monday (July 21). She also spoke to migrants being held there “about their fears and anxieties.” “I have come to Greece six times and we are working very hard with the Greek government to manage the great pressure from ... Read More »

Scott Morrison, the minister of truth

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Scott Morrison’s abuse of language ties the asylum-seeker debate in Orwellian knots. In 1988, the British journalist Christopher Hitchens went to Prague. He had one aim: to be the first visiting writer not to mention Franz Kafka. Then he was arrested. When he asked why he was being detained, he was told he didn’t need to know. His story ended ... Read More »

Asylum seekers in limbo on high seas

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More than 150 asylum seekers whose boat was intercepted near Christmas Island more than two weeks ago are being held behind locked doors on a customs ship in rooms without windows on the high seas, with no clue to where they are or where the Abbott government plans to take them. A document lodged on their behalf with the High ... Read More »

Tamil asylum seekers being held at sea in windowless locked rooms

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High court documents lodged by lawyers acting for 86 of the asylum seekers reveal group has had no opportunity to deliver protection claims and have not been provided translators  Jump to comments More than 150 Tamil asylum seekers on board an Australian border protection vessel are being detained in windowless locked rooms with men kept apart from their families against ... Read More »

Push for ‘more humane policy’ on asylum seekers

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The views of at least 1300 Canberra people who want urgent changes to asylum seeker policy will be put to federal MPs at Parliament House on Thursday. The recent packed meeting at Llewellyn Hall at ANU approved the statement, calling for a more humane and tolerant policy to be adopted. Organisers of the Refugee Action Committee say at least two ... Read More »

Senate backs refugee children over Abbott cruelty

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The Senate has voted in support of a Greens’ motion calling on the Immigration Minister to act in the interests of a group of refugee children who have gone into hiding in South Australia. “The Senate has said that it won’t accept the government’s cruelty and Tony Abbott needs to take notice,” the Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Hanson-Young said. “It’s ... Read More »