Australasia

Asylum seekers say they were raped and tortured after Australia sent them back to Sri Lanka

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Asylum seekers returned from Australia to Sri Lanka say they have since been raped and tortured in their homeland. A number of asylum seekers spoke to SBS reporter Dr David Corlett about their experiences since the Australian government rejected their refugee claims and sent them back to Sri Lanka. They said they were asked whether they were members of the Tamil Tigers, ... Read More »

Australia passes security law, raising fears for press freedom

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – The first of a series of security powers requested by Australia’s government to combat Islamist militants passed through parliament on Wednesday, despite criticism that they could land journalists in jail for reporting on national security. Australia is increasingly concerned over the number of its citizens heading to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside radical Islamists, and police ... Read More »

Lawyers Say New Immigration Law Targets 10-month Old Oz-Born Asylum Seeker Baby

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The Abbott Government – with the help of Palmer United – have introduced legislation targeting asylum seeker babies. Max Chalmers reports. Lawyers representing a 10-month-old asylum seeker have blasted a Bill that would prevent children born in Australian detention centres from applying for protection visas. Katie Robertson, an Associate in law firm Maurice Blackburn’s social justice department, told New Matilda ... Read More »

Detention centre child sex abuse claims number in dozens

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Allegations of 33 cases of sexual abuse involving children in detention centres in Australia have emerged. Immigration department figures obtained by Fairfax Media show that there were 33 cases of alleged sexual assault involving children in Australian detention centres and Christmas Island between January 2013 and March 2014. The figures do not extend to Nauru or Manus. The figures follow allegations ... Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull: If the ABC cancels Lateline, it’s not about budget cuts

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Communications minister says if the ABC wants to cut programs rather than office costs, that’s up to management  Jump to comments The communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has criticised ABC management for considering cancelling a raft of TV and radio current affairs programs including the award-winning Lateline. “Suggestions that popular programs or services are at risk because of budget savings are ... Read More »

How we’re exploiting the terrorism threat

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When it comes to exploitation of the terrorism threat, nobody’s hands are clean: not those of politicians, the media, or even our own, writes Paula Matthewson. According to our Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, this is likely to be the week in which Australia formally decides to re-engage in the War on Terror. With the Prime Minister still transiting home from ... Read More »

Sexual abuse, rape threats alleged by Nauru asylum seekers

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Asylum seekers have made allegations of sexual abuse of women and children and threats of rape by guards working in the detention centre on Nauru. One female detainee has detailed her claims to Fairfax Media and Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, including threats that she would be raped if her refugee status was recognised and she was released into the Nauruan community. ... Read More »

MONA director David Walsh started museum out of guilt for making millions as professional gambler

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MONA founder David Walsh says guilt over making millions of dollars as a professional gambler was one of the driving forces behind his decision to set up the internationally famous Hobart gallery. Mr Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art is now a major tourist drawcard on the Hobart waterfront, drawing visitors from all over the world. But the gambler-turned-art ... Read More »

George Brandis has silently swept away your freedoms

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Australia has changed radically since last week though it might not look like it on the surface. Late Thursday night the Senate passed the National Security Amendment Bill (No.1) 2014 giving unlimited power to spies and secret police. The laws have been maimed. Unimaginable things can happen now, things that Australians have only read about in books. Not books like ... Read More »