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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… ...

Manus activist says detainees have ‘completely lost hope’ after election result

May 22, 2019 3:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

While Australia has been left stunned by the election win, it has also reportedly caused some to lose hope completely. WARNING: Distressing content. A disturbing wave of suicide attempts have taken place at the detention centres on Manus and Nauru since the weekend’s federal election result. News.com.au understands six people have tried to take their… ...

Australia tries to block disabled people from coming here – it’s part of our ugly history

May 15, 2019 9:31 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Australia’s immigration system discriminates against disabled people, often excluding them from visiting, let alone settling here permanently. Every few months, another disabled person in our immigration system hits the headlines after they are deemed to be too much of a burden for the fragile Australian state. Each time, the community is outraged, signing petitions and… ...

Almost half of Australians believe immigration should be reduced, poll finds

May 3, 2019 9:33 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Almost half of Australians believe immigration should be reduced but more people are broadly positive than negative towards the largest cohorts of migrants, including skilled workers and refugees, according to a new global survey shared exclusively with Guardian Australia. The poll of more than 25,000 people in 23 countries found that in Australia the strongest… ...

It’s high time we stopped playing politics with migration laws

April 17, 2019 9:37 am Published by

Ordinary Australians are tired of the casual cruelty of hard-line border control policies. The medical evacuation bill was introduced by Dr Kerryn Phelps to ensure that refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island can access the medical care they require. The bill was passed because our elected representatives, too, recognise that enough is… ...