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The Urgent Medical Treatment Bill will be introduced to the Lower House of the Australian parliament next Monday (3 December) by a group of crossbenchers led by new MP Dr Kerryn Phelps. Essentially the bill will require the urgent evacuation of any asylum seeker who is ill and unable to be treated offshore, on the recommendation …

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MANUS: Suicide attempt, Medical Crisis, APEC …

Suicide attempt as Manus refugees moved for APEC Manus Island medical crisis overshadowed by Nauru 'Let us free' - Manus refugees write to APEC leaders   These three  important stories (click on the links above to read the details) have been released by Radio New Zealand over the last two weeks … and now the …

Progress in Australia’s Treatment of People Seeking Asylum ?

Following news of multiple recent evacuations of ill children from Nauru and a comment by a former Immigration Minister that all detained children will be off the island by year's end, hopes have been raised that there is positive change in the Australian government's approach towards people seeking asylum. There's no doubt that only 40 …

Kids Off Nauru Bill

The Australian Parliament might be shifting. Not anywhere near enough. But something is better than nothing when people are suffering purely because of the decision-making of Australian politicians. Andrew Wilkie (IND), Adam Bandt (Greens) and Rebekha Sharkie (Centre Alliance) have introduced the Migration Amendment (Kids Off Nauru) Bill 2018 which seeks to amend the Migration …

Behrouz Boochani wins journalism award for Manus Island writing

Iranian Kurdish writer Behrouz Boochani has been detained for more than five years by the Australian government simply for seeking a safe place to live. During his time imprisoned on Manus Island, he has:  written regular diaries of his experiences for Guardian Australia, contributed to the Saturday Paper, co-directed a documentary he secretly shot on a …

The REAL Cost of Bad Decisions

As has sadly become routine, news on Australia's treatment of refugees is never-ending … and never good. $$$$$$$$ There are some within the current Australian population who remain concerned about the COST of processing and resettling people who come to Australia to seek asylum ('what about our farmers/homeless people?' … are regular responses on social media …

7 year old’s living nightmare … Nauru

Ahoora is 7 years old. He and his family, every one of whom has been recognised as a refugee, have been detained on Nauru for more than 5 years. Ahoora regularly has fevers and breaks out in rashes. He wets himself as a reaction to the threat of violence from older children and, because of …

BREAKING NEWS: Dutton back to Home Affairs

The new PM, Scott Morrison – proud author of 'Operation Sovereign Borders' during his time as Immigration Minister – has reappointed Peter Dutton as Minister of Home Affairs. Although this is a partnership that will require extra effort from those who are opposed to the current policies, it is slightly diluted by the fact that …

Petty Political Power Struggles while Child sets herself on Fire on Nauru

The priorities of those who decided that indefinite offshore detention was an appropriate policy are sickeningly clear today. While people with the privilege of having jobs where they can affect positive change in the world waste time trading Ministry promises for "being on my team", THIS is actually happening, (thanks to those very same people) … …

Children dying on Nauru, men dead on Manus … but keep 1,600 in offshore hellholes

"Forgive me for not congratulating you all for being less racist than a Nazi while children are being tortured." Senator Nick McKim could easily find the tragic irony in yesterday's bipartisan disapproval in parliament of Fraser Anning's "final solution" maiden speech. The Greens Senator spoke yesterday in parliament about the reality of indefinite offshore detention …