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Australia attempts to derail UN plan to ban nuclear weapons

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Diplomats force a vote on a report to begin negotiations on a ban in 2017 that had been expected to pass unanimously Australia has attempted to derail a ban on nuclear weapons at a UN meeting on disarmament, by single-handedly forcing a vote on a report that had been… Source: Australia attempts to derail UN plan to ban nuclear weapons | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Dutton’s new gambit ‘another form of torture’

Peter Dutton is taking his war on people smuggling to a new level, one that defies logic and basic decency and appears to be more about establishing his big-C conservative credentials than protecting the nation’s borders. Not content with contradicting his Prime Minister and declaring there is no third country option for the refugees stranded on Manus Island, Dutton now insists that any refugees who… Source: Dutton’s new gambit ‘another form of torture’ Read More »

Peter Dutton attacks Guardian and ABC over reporting of Nauru files

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Minister accuses news organisations of ‘trivialising’ grave issues ‘by trying to promote the 2,100 reports as somehow all being serious when they’re not’ Australia’s immigration minister has launched a wide-ranging attack on the Guardian and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, saying he wasn’t going to… Source: Peter Dutton attacks Guardian and ABC over reporting of Nauru files | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Manus Island centre set to close – but where to for the detainees?

The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre – one of the two key sites of Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime – will close. A date is not set, nor any arrangement confirmed for resettling the 854 men still detained there. In April 2016, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court found the detention arrangement on Manus Island was unconstitutional. PNG… Source: Manus Island centre set to close – but where to for the detainees? Read More »

Oxfam calls for Australia to triple humanitarian migration intake

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Charity says Australia should resettle 42,000 humanitarian applicants a year from 2020 to ‘address the global migration crisis’ Australia could comfortably triple its humanitarian migration intake to 42,000 people a year, Oxfam has said in a statement, as the fallout from the Nauru filesand the… Source: Oxfam calls for Australia to triple humanitarian migration intake | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

European politicians take note: the ‘Australian solution’ is no solution at all

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In dealing with the influx of asylum seekers, it’s clear that hiding behind the sovereignty of another state is becoming increasingly untenable Last week’s publication in the Guardian of over 2000 files from Nauru, a small Pacific island nation that accepts asylum seekers who try to come to… Source: European politicians take note: the ‘Australian solution’ is no solution at all | Nikolas Feith Tan | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Revealed: Peter Dutton’s extensive briefings about risks and harm to children on Nauru

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Exclusive: Save the Children provided immigration minister with detailed analysis well before Dutton referred to allegations in the Nauru files as ‘hype’ Paul Farrell Read the letters in full Australia’s immigration minister was extensively briefed about the impact prolonged detention was having on children held on Nauru, official… Source: Revealed: Peter Dutton’s extensive briefings about risks and harm to children on Nauru | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Manus Island detention centre to close, Australia and Papua New Guinea agree

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Immigration minister Peter Dutton offers no details on plans for the 854 detainees, but says none will be resettled in Australia Australia and Papua New Guinea have agreed to close the Manus Island detention centre, PNG’s prime minister Peter O’Neill has said, but he has offered no detail on… Source: Manus Island detention centre to close, Australia and Papua New Guinea agree | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Disability Orgs Condemn Treatment of Student ‘Locked in a Cage’

National disability organisations have condemned the treatment of a student who was allegedly “locked in a cage” and have called on the government to establish a royal commission. The Australian Cross Disability Alliance, said it was “appalled” at a report on ABC 7.30 which showed the abuse and restraint of a student with disability. The program, which aired on Tuesday, revealed that a… Source: Disability Orgs Condemn Treatment of Student ‘Locked in a Cage’ – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

Q&A smackdown: Brian Cox brings graphs to grapple with Malcolm Roberts

One Nation senator-elect asks repeatedly for ‘empirical data’ – and the celebrity physicist has plenty at hand The celebrity physicist Brian Cox came prepared to the ABC’s Q&A on Monday night with graphs, ready to counter claims by his co-panellist, the climate denier and Australian senator-elect Malcolm Roberts. Roberts, one of four… Source: Q&A smackdown: Brian Cox brings graphs to grapple with Malcolm Roberts | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

From expected reoffender to trusted neighbour: why we should rethink our prisons

There were 26,163 people serving sentences in Australian prisons in 2015. Around 90% of these people will return to the community within ten years. But will they return to the community equipped with the skills, capabilities and motivation they need to avoid re-offending? Not likely, according to… Source: From expected reoffender to trusted neighbour: why we should rethink our prisons Read More »

Can the law come to the rescue of abused asylum seekers and refugees?

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Since the publication of the Nauru files, plenty of legal advice has surfaced on how to redress the abuse of refugees and asylum seekers in offshore detention Richard Ackland What can be done to redress the horrible mistreatment of people held in offshore detention? Can Peter Dutton or any of his servants or agents… Source: Can the law come to the rescue of abused asylum seekers and refugees? | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Homeland truths unspoken

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Jacinta Yangapi Nampijinpa Price is a singer from Alice Springs. This is an extract from the Centre for Independent Studies’ Helen Hughes Lecture for Emerging Thinkers. Photo credit: Image courtesy of Malle District Aboriginal Services’ anti-violence campaign My name is Jacinta Yangapi Nampijinpa Price. I was born in the tropical town of… Source: Homeland truths unspoken – The West Australian Read More »

Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia

The Australian Government has refused to explain why it has added a second refugee resettlement agency in Cambodia, when only one person has resettled there from Nauru. Under the $55 million Australia-Cambodia deal, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) was contracted to provide services for the Nauru refugees…. Source: Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Australian diplomats in UK and New Zealand may be called in to explain Nauru files

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British and NZ governments are facing calls to summon Australian high commissioners to explain revelations of child abuse and sexual assault The UK and New Zealand governments are facing calls to summon Australian high commissioners to explain revelations of child abuse and sexual assault in more than 2,000 reports… Source: Australian diplomats in UK and New Zealand may be called in to explain Nauru files | News | The Guardian Read More »

Custodial Cultures – What Are We Breeding?

More revelations of horrific child abuse at the Nauru detention centre following on from the shocking footage of abuse in the Northern Territory youth detention centre Don Dale raise some fundamental issues for the charity and Not for Profit sector, writes David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia… Source: Custodial Cultures – What Are We Breeding? – Pro Bono Australia Read More »