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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,… ...

Hakeem al-Araibi: AFP blames home affairs for lead-up to footballer’s arrest

February 18, 2019 2:17 pm Published by

The Australian federal police has blamed the Department of Home Affairs for the circumstances which led to the arrest and detention of Hakeem al-Araibiin Thailand. Under questioning at Senate estimates in Canberra on Monday, it was revealed home affairs took almost three weeks from when it first received Al-Araibi’s red notice to when it told the… ...

Spotlight on $423m Manus Island contract

February 18, 2019 2:08 pm Published by

Home Affairs officials have defended awarding a contentious $423 million Manus Island security contract to a little-known company called Paladin. Paladin, whose Australian arm is registered to a beach shack on Kangaroo Island, won the lucrative federal government contract through a restricted tender process The global company reportedly won the deal despite not having enough… ...

Refugees in Indonesia say few would risk a boat ride to Australia

February 17, 2019 2:22 pm Published by

In the wake of the medevac legislation – allowing for those detained on Manus Island and Nauru to be transferred to Australia for medical treatment – the prime minister, Scott Morrison, has claimed the new measures will propel a fresh wave of asylum seeker boats on to Australian shores. But in Indonesia, where more than 13,000 asylum seekers and refugees… ...

Labor issues please explain over Paladin’s $420m Manus contract

February 17, 2019 2:21 pm Published by

Penny Wong has indicated Labor will target the Paladin offshore detention security contract in Senate estimates this week, accusing the government of failing to explain why the company was awarded $420m in contracts through closed tender. The Australian Financial Review has reported that Paladin Group’s $420m of contracts to provide security to refugees on Manus Island… ...

Ipsos poll: Support for Labor falls after clash over refugees and border security

February 17, 2019 2:21 pm Published by

Labor has suffered a sharp fall in popular support after a week of incendiary political claims over border protection, with the party leading the Coalition by 51% to 49% in its narrowest result in more than six months. Voters have shifted against Labor in significant numbers amid the escalating row over the refugee medical transfer… ...

‘You will not succeed’: Scott Morrison’s secret video to deter people smugglers

February 17, 2019 2:20 pm Published by

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recorded a secret video targeted at people smugglers, warning that those willing to make the dangerous journey “will not succeed”. The two-minute video, recorded in Canberra late on Friday night, will be translated into 15 languages and aired in countries rife for asylum seekers including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and… ...