Detained asylum seeker wins Australia’s richest literary prize

It has just been announced that from Manus Island, Iranian-born refugee Behrouz Boochani has won both the non-fiction prize and the prize for literature at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for his book, 'No Friend but the Mountains'. The Guardian's full report is here. Will this lead to any change in the major parties' adherence …

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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 …

Does Scott Morrison know what he has REALLY done?

Australia's Prime Minister is so proud of his role in preventing* persecuted people reaching Australian soil with the hopes of living peaceful lives that a trophy that represents the boats he has 'stopped' sits proudly in his office. But as the Guardian points out: *in reality the boats have not stopped – with several making …

Multiple children dangerously ill while Nauru shields forum attendees amid democratic decline

The situation on Nauru has been critical for a long time. And yet it continues to worsen. With the Pacific Islands Forum now underway (1 – 9 Sept), the innocent people detained indefinitely on the island have had to deal with more disruptions and imposed restrictions. And it seems the nation of Nauru itself might …

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 …

Hundreds of refugees approved for permanent protection but Minister ensures delays so it can never be officially granted

REVEALED TODAY: In 2013, the Immigration Department under Minister Scott Morrison attempted to prevent legitimate refugees from being granted their approved permanent protection visas while the government rushed through policy changes to prohibit stateless vulnerable people from ever being able to permanently resettle in Australia.  The ABC has been able to access federal cabinet documents that …