It’s the principle that stops refugees from facing harm. So why is it absent from Labor’s platform?

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Shorten hardens language on asylum seekers But it is still unclear whether a Labor government would order boats to be turned back.  Video The Sydney Morning Herald - James Massola, Political correspondent Labor edges towards adopting Coalition policy Deaths and injuries at immigration detention centres revealed Analysis: Labor’s draft policy avoids the hard calls Comment: Boats policy sinks to new ... Read More »

Boat turn-back payment to people smugglers the first of its kind

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The recent payment of thousands of dollars to people smugglers to return to Indonesia was the first time that such a transaction has been made specifically for a turn-back, Fairfax Media has learnt. The Sydney Morning Herald – Sarah Whyte, David Wroe and Jewel Topsfield It is understood that while payments have been made in the past for other reasons involving disrupting ... Read More »

Legal challenge to Australia’s offshore detention of asylum seekers goes ahead

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A high court case over whether constitution permits offshore processing is still on, despite the passing of rushed legislation to head it off this week The Guardian – Shalailah Medhora A high court challenge to the Australian government’s offshore processing regime is still on the cards for later this year, despite the passing of rushed legislation through both houses of ... Read More »

Andrew Wilkie Blasts The Liberal And Labor Parties, Calls Australia’s Refugee Policy “A Crime Against Humanity”

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Last night the government, with the support of the Opposition, rushed a bill through Parliament’s House of Representatives specifically designed to fend off an impending High Court challenge that could have ruled Australia’s offshore processing regime illegal. Junkee – By Alex McKinnon, The Human Rights Law Centre is challenging offshore processing in court on the basis that Australia doesn’t have the ... Read More »

Turning back the boats: our integrity lost at sea

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Australia has abandoned its principles, along with those seeking asylum here. The Age -Susan Metcalfe * The alleged authorisation of cash payments to people smugglers during a recent boat turn-back operation adds to a growing list of unethical and damaging “by hook or by crook” asylum-seeker strategies adopted by the Australian government since Tony Abbott came to office. Dubious activities ... Read More »

Guards at Nauru paid for and taped sex with refugees – former case manager

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Charlotte Wilson, Save the Children case manager at detention centre until February 2015, alleges ‘bartering and trading, including of sexual favours’ The Guardian - Paul Farrell @FarrellPF Guards at the Nauru detention centre may have paid for sex with refugees in the community and circulated sex tapes of their encounters, a former case manager on the island has alleged. The shocking ... Read More »

Stalling the lawyers who aid asylum seekers

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The only success in curbing mistreatment of refugees has been in the High Court. Now the government is targeting the lawyers who bring the cases. The Saturday Paper – Mike Seccombe When David Manne, executive director of Melbourne’s Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, goes courting people with good hearts and deep pockets these days, he takes a prop with him. ... Read More »

Paediatrician may face prison for speaking out about Nauru

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He’s a highly regarded paediatrician but the suffering he saw on Nauru left him with nightmares. But as of next month Professor David Isaacs could face two years jail if he speaks out about it. By Joanne Shoebridge (ABC North Coast) In May the Border Force Act quietly passed both houses of parliament and became law. Now teachers, doctors and ... Read More »

People smuggling: our Government is committing crimes

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A lot has been said about whether our government paid people smugglers to return asylum seekers to Indonesia.  The evidence clearly suggests that it did. Julian Burnside Tony Abbott refused to deny that Australia had paid people smugglers, and said we would do whatever it takes to stop the boats.  Here he is on the Neil Mitchell programme on 3AW ... Read More »