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Secrecy over Paladin’s $423m contract highlights our broken refugee system

June 19, 2019 12:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Nearly six years into the revival of its offshore detention policy, Australia’s government is facing a story of corporate and administrative intrigue that highlights the utter unsustainability of our current approach to people seeking our protection. The details of Australia’s contract with a little-known security provider called Paladin, as first reported in the Australian Financial Review, were… ...

Tampa refugee taken in by New Zealand wins Fulbright scholarship

June 19, 2019 12:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the asylum seekers the Norwegian cargo ship Tampa rescued in 2001 has won a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to undertake postgraduate studies in the US. Abbas Nazari was seven years old when his family boarded a fishing boat from Indonesia to Australia. He was one of more than 430 people, predominantly of the ethnic… ...

UN condemns Australia for detaining blind Tamil refugee for nine years

June 12, 2019 10:27 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Australia should immediately release a legally blind and mentally ill Tamil refugee who has languished in immigration detention for nearly a decade, a key United Nations body has said. In a scathing assessment of the detention regime, the UN working group found Australia had contravened international law by detaining the man for more than nine years. It… ...

More than 40 refugees transferred to Australia for urgent treatment since medevac laws passed

May 24, 2019 9:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Majority of people brought from Manus Island and Nauru through the government’s own referral system, which previously ignored cases for up to five years. More than 40 people have been transferred to Australia for urgent medical treatment from Manus Island and Nauru since the passing of the medevac laws. The majority were brought to the mainland… ...

Orphaned Australian children of killed Islamic State fighter Yasin Rizvic being held in Syrian refugee camp

May 24, 2019 9:26 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Three Australian orphans of an Islamic State foreign fighter from Melbourne are being held in a Syrian refugee camp, sparking a delicate diplomatic struggle over their future. The two girls and a boy, aged between six and 12, are the children of foreign fighter Yasin Rizvic and his wife Fauzia Khamal Bacha, who joined Islamic… ...

Morrison’s promise to repeal refugee medical transfer bill faces Senate block

May 22, 2019 3:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Morrison government faces a Senate veto of its effort to repeal the law requiring medical transfers of refugees from offshore detention, throwing into doubt plans to close the Christmas Island detention facility. The government reopened the mothballed centre on Christmas Island in February, warning that the law passed by Labor and independents against the… ...

What Australia’s 2019 election outcome means for aid

May 22, 2019 3:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

CANBERRA — In spite of exit polls suggesting a Labor victory, the Coalition will be returning to Australia's Parliament under the leadership of Prime Minister Scott Morrison. For Australian aid and foreign policy, the results mean the government has been given a mandate to continue on the path set by Morrison since taking on the… ...