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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… ...

A new standard for asylum seeker policy

April 17, 2019 9:35 am Published by

We are all gearing up for the third election in a row when boat turnbacks and the punitive treatment of refugees and asylum seekers feature. It need not be so. It's time voters sent a message that it should not be so. The overwhelming majority of our politicians and the overwhelming majority of voters are… ...

Dutton says Greens ‘just as bad’ as Fraser Anning for Christchurch comments

April 17, 2019 9:34 am Published by

The prime minister and other politicians joined religious leaders on Sunday to show a united front against hate speech, but some say political rhetoric is part of the problem. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says those in the left accusing him of fanning anti-Muslim sentiment in Australia are "just as bad" as Senator Fraser Anning… ...

Australia’s citizenship backlog is taking a toll on the country’s refugees

April 17, 2019 9:31 am Published by

The latest attempt to make it harder to become an Australian citizen came this week as the government spends $9 million to deal with an application backlog thought to be more than 200,000. Biak Thwang Urai lives in a modest home in Melbourne’s west with his wife and six children. Arriving home from his job… ...

Palm Sunday Rally 2019

April 15, 2019 11:55 am Published by

Thousands of people have joined Palm Sunday rallies around the country calling for an end to offshore detention. Protesters brandished signs with messages including "Bring Them Here", "Vote Humanity Not Atrocity" and "Say Yes To Refugees" as demonstrations were held in a number of capital cities and regional centres on Sunday. At Sydney's Belmore Park,… ...