Dec 2019 media stories

‘Looking back, I realise I was naive’: reporting on the refugee crisis (The Guardian) 31 December 2019

China took their parents: the Uighur refugee children of Turkey (Yahoo News) 31 December 2019

Darebin City Council Offers Refugees and Asylum Seekers Free Access to Leisure Services (Australian Leisure Management) 30 December 2019

More asylum seekers arrive on planes amid trafficking fears (SMH) 30 December 2019

This is what happened to Australia’s 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq (SBS News) 29 December 2019

From Nauru to limbo: the anguish of Australia’s last asylum seeker in Cambodia (Guardian Australia) 29 December 2019

Coalition loses control of visa system (Independent Australia) 27 December 2019

Melbourne council offers refugees and asylum seekers detained in hotel free access to services (ABC) 25 December 2019

New Zealand would be honoured to take Behrouz Boochani. Australia be damned (Guardian Australia) 24 December 2019

‘They Give Us No Clear Answers’: Medevac Asylum Seeker reportedly Detained in Melbourne Hotel Speaks Out (SBS News) 23 December 2019

The truth about the Medevac ‘four-star’ asylum seekers
(Independent Australia) 23 December 2019

The Canada Project (The Saturday Paper) 21 December 2019

Refugees held inside Melbourne hotel face uncertain future
(ABC Melbourne) 19 December 2019

Refugees and asylum seekers in Australia under medevac laws detained in Melbourne hotel for months (ABC News) 19 December 2019

Refugees in PNG’s Bomana face grim conditions
(RNZ) 19 December 2019

UN targets electrifying all of world’s refugee camps
(SpaceDaily) 19 December 2019

Refugee’s overstay in New Zealand could fuel Aussie tensions
(ABCNews) 19 December 2019

After medevac was scrapped, what now for the sick refugees stranded on Nauru?
(SBS News) 18 December 2019

Australian govt uses comic strips & fake horoscopes to scare off asylum-seeking Sri Lankans (Washington Post) 18 December 2019

Medevac asylum seekers detained in a Melbourne hotel for months
(SMH) 18 December 2019

Australia should lead way on refugees (The Saturday Paper) 14 December 2019

Immigration Minister David Coleman takes indefinite personal leave,
hands over duties
(SBS News) 13 December 2019

Good food was never hard to come by, until I became an asylum seeker in Australia
(SBS News) 12 December 2019

A ‘Fair Share Agreement’ for refugee resettlements (Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation) 11 December 2019

Labor MP calls for Australia to lead global refugee resettlement push
(9 News SMH) 9 December 2019

Asylum-seeker test case ‘even more vital’ after medevac repeal: lawyer
(9 News SMH) 6 December 2019

UNHCR statement on Australia’s repeal of Medevac legislation
(UNHCR) 5 December 2019

‘Ball in Australia’s court’: Jacinda Ardern open to resettling Nauru refugees in NZ
(SBS News) 5 December 2019

Medevac deal with Lambie clears ground for New Zealand solution
(The Age) 5 December 2019

MSF: Medevac repeal entrenches dangerous precedents on denial of medical care (ReliefWeb) 4 December 2019

Scott Morrison leaves door open to New Zealand refugee offer in medevac repeal (Guardian Australia) 4 December 2019

Medevac repeal gives Morrison a political win, but prompts intense moral discomfort (Guardian Australia) 4 December 2019

Senate calls on government to expedite asylum claim of two gay Saudi journalists in ‘arbitrary’ detention (Guardian Australia) 4 December 2019

‘Medevac’ law: Australia denies medical evacuations for refugees
(BBC News) 4 December 2019

Explainer: the medevac repeal and what it means for asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru (The Conversation) 4 December 2019

Medevac: Senate votes blind, Lambie offers no light (The Age) 4 December 2019

Iraqi interpreters who served beside Australians say they’re prevented from applying for visas (Guardian Australia) 4 December 2019

Scott Morrison denies ‘secret deal’ with Jacqui Lambie as Senate votes to overturn medevac laws (SBS News) 4 December 2019

Testimonies after deportation – What happens after Australia deports Tamils
(Tamil Guardian) 4 December 2019

Coalition braces for medevac fight after surprise loss on ‘union-busting’ bill
(SBS) 2 December 2019.

Sept 2019 media stories

Manus men’s ‘dehumanising’ detention continues (RNZ News) 1 October 2019

Refugee groups ‘deeply concerned’ by ‘secret report’ on resettlement of humanitarian migrants (SBS News) 30 September 2019

Flight from Manus (ABC News) 30 September 2019

Secret report urged Morrison government to create ‘more positive narrative’ on refugees SMH 29 September 2019

‘Feel like I’m living on death row’: refugees forced to choose between visa limbo or family separation (Guardian Australia) 29 September 2019

Labor demands government release ‘secret report’ on refugee resettlement (Guardian Australia) 29 September 2019

Peter Dutton appeals federal court ruling over medical transfer of refugees (Guardian Australia) 27 September 2019

Coalition blocking release of major review into refugee resettlement (Guardian Australia) 25 September 2019

Tamil torture survivor appeals to live in UK after ‘hellish’ detention in Manus Island (Tamil Guardian) 22 September 2019

In New York, Muhyiddin calls for developed countries to help bear refugee management costs (Malay Mail) 22 September 2019

Snap judgment: why Sandy Street’s record on asylum cases stands out (Guardian Australia) 22 September 2019

Sweetshop or sweatshop? Jury to decide on forced labour claims at Melbourne bakery (ABC News) 22 September 2019

Resistance grows against asylum seekers at shelter, sidewalks (The Jakarta Post) 21 September 2019

Australian government awards Serco $9.9m contract to help non-citizens return home (Guardian Australia) 20 September 2019

Healthcare for struggling refugee communities in Malaysia (Relief Web) 20 September 2019

Tamil asylum seeker family from Biloela granted final hearing, deportation delayed (Nine News) 19 September 2019

Why Manus leaves Australia compromised in the Middle East coalition (UNSW Newsroom) 19 September 2019

How the Biloela Tamil family deportation case highlights the failures of our refugee system (The Conversation) 19 September 2019

I am a Tamil asylum seeker in Australia. I don’t hold hope (SBS) 18 September 2019

Tamil family wins fresh injunction against deportation (The Age) 18 September 2019

Paladin forced to pay back $3.1m for failures in offshore detention services (Guardian Australia) 17 September 2019

Essential poll: majority of Australians support medevac or better asylum care (Guardian Australia) 17 September 2019

From Manus Island to Port Moresby (The Saturday Paper) 14 September 2019

Inquiry backs plan for lifetime ban on asylum seeker boat arrivals (SBS News) 14 September 2019

Rallies call for better refugee treatment (Mandurah Mail) 14 September 2019

Coalition loses control of visa system (Independent Australia) 14 September 2019

Sending children to Nauru was a ‘human rights breach’, commission finds (SBS News) 13 September 2019

Manus detainee Behrouz Boochani appointed visiting professor at top UK university (SBS) 13 September 2019

Doctors backed majority of medevac transfer refusals (SBS News) 13 September 2019

Palestinians are tired of being the only refugees denied the right to resettlement (JWire) 11 September 2019

Australia’s detention centre on Manus Island quietly emptied (SBS News) 11 September 2019

Manus Island refugee processing is coming to an end — but what happens now? (ABC News) 11 September 2019

Independent doctors backed most medevac transfer refusals (SMH) 11 September 2019

Biloela residents travel to Canberra to plead Tamil family’s case (SBS News) 11 September 2019

Sweet shop ‘slave’ worked 100 hours a week, court told (The Age) 9 September 9 2019

States step up funding for asylum seekers after federal cuts hit people on bridging visas (SBS News) 9 September 2019

Tamils’ stay in national interest: Labor (The Australian) 8 September 2019

Victoria gives $3m to cover payments to 6,000 asylum seekers on bridging visas (Guardian Australia) 8 September 2019

Greeks in Ballarat Honor George Treloar, the Savior of Pontian Greek Refugees (Greek Reporter Australia) 8 September 2019

Home affairs data ‘gives lie’ to Coalition’s refusal to let Biloela Tamil family stay (Guardian Australia) 7 September 2019

The 8000 ‘forced movements’ on Australian flights in two years (Brisbane Times) 7 September 2019

Biloela showing community spirit (The Saturday Paper) 7 September 2019

Labor in uncharted waters on boats as rightwing media scrambles to mock and ridicule Keneally (Guardian Australia) 7 September 2019

Paladin is a Pacific own goal for Australia (AFR) 7 September 2019

Home Affairs: too scared to visit Manus (AFR) 7 September 2019

Cruelties unconfined: Humanising refugees and the Biloela Tamil family (Independent Australia) 7 September 2019

Rohingya refugee families torn apart as loved ones trapped on opposite sides of the world (ABC News) 7 September 2019

Australia to pressure Myanmar over safe return of Rohingya refugees (SMH) 7 September 2019

‘Sri Lanka not safe for Tamils’: Refugee group sounds alarm on deportation (SBS News) 6 September 2019

Almost 99 per cent of protection visa review applications fail when heard by controversial judge, new figures reveal (ABC News) 6 September 2019

Manus and Nauru refugees in Australia on medical grounds can apply for US move (Guardian Australia) 6 September 2019

Who might care if a family was deported and no one saw the tears? (SMH) 6 September 2019

Tamils wins deportation reprieve as minister ordered to provide more evidence (New Daily) 6 September 2019

What’s next for the Tamil family fighting to stay in Australia? (SMH) 6 September 2019

Refugee rejection is more complex than a soundbite: why Tamil family should stay (WAToday) 6 September 2019

Warnings of ‘looming disaster’ in Port Moresby as last asylum seekers to leave Manus Island (SBS News) 5 September 2019

After six years we leave Manus Island to go to ‘nowhere’: an asylum seeker’s story (SMH) 5 September 2019

Biloela Tamil family deportation case: removal delayed until at least Friday (Guardian Australia) 4 September 2019

Government facing multimillion-dollar refugee compensation claims (SMH) 3 September 2019

Immigration deadlock as 50 asylum seekers detained indefinitely for being stateless (7 News) 3 September 2019

Are recent Sri Lankan boat arrivals really economic refugees? (ABC) 3 September 2019

No exceptions any more (The Australian) 3 September 2019

Peter Dutton could grant visas to the Biloela family – his powers are broad and sweeping (Guardian Australia) 3 September 2019

Deportation of Tamil family not just a matter of compassion but of law (ABC) 3 September 2019

Scores of Tamil kids’ asylum cases in the pipeline, advocates say (AFR) 3 September 2019

‘Sri Lankan asylum surge’ story comes at a convenient moment for the government (Guardian Australia) 2 September 2019

Jacqui Lambie warns coalition against fast-tracking Medevac repeal bill (SBS News) 2 September 2019

Commissioners call for compassionate approach for Tamil family. AHRC Report, 2 Sept 2019

Manus refugee centre finally closes (The Loop) 2 September 2019

Papua New Guinea cancels Australia migrant camp contract (The Straits Times) 2 September 2019

Tamil asylum seeker family from Biloela could be undone by father’s travel history and refugee activism, immigration lawyer says (ABC News) 2 September 2019

Australia intercepts Sri Lankan boat with 13 asylum seekers: government (Yahoo News) 2 September 2019

Tamil asylum seeker family from Biloela ‘terrified’ for children after move to Christmas Island (ABC News) 1 September 2019

Albanese calls on PM to let Biloela Tamil family stay as rallies held across Australia (Guardian Australia) 1 September 2019

Malaysia urges citizens to obey Australian immigration law after report of 33,000 asylum claims (ABC News) 1 September 2019

Australia’s Harsh Immigration Policy (The Diplomat) 1 September 2019

August 2019 media stories

Biloela Tamil Family Moved To Christmas Island In Dead Of Night (10 News) 31 August 2019

‘We’re a polite town’: rage in Biloela as Tamil family’s fate in Peter Dutton’s hands (Guardian Australia) 31 August 2019

Australian Government secrecy has family battling for answers over refugee who fled Taliban (ABC News) 31 August 2019

Paladin asked Home Affairs about ‘unforeseen bribes’ (AFR) 30 August 2019

Thousands of public servants want to quit Peter Dutton’s home affairs department (Guardian Australia) 30 August 2019

Deportation of Tamil asylum seeker family interrupted midair by last-minute injunction (ABC News) 30 August 2019

Deportation to Sri Lanka of Biloela Tamil family’s youngest child delayed until Wednesday (Guardian Australia) 30 August 2019

Fears asylum seekers transferred from Manus to Port Moresby will be ‘homeless, destitute’ (SBS News) 29 August 2019

Dysfunction in Home Affairs officially confirmed (Pearls and Irritations) 29 August 2019

Journalist Ben Doherty says there’s ‘no justification’ for refugee detention (Bendigo Advertiser) 29 August 2019

Manus refugees’ allowance and food rations stopped amid relocation push to Port Moresby (Guardian Australia) 29 August 2019

Detention self-harm surge claim unclear (Stawell Times-News) 29 August 2019

Refugee advocates encouraging people in detention to self-harm: Dutton (SBS  News) 29 August 2019

Raising Australia’s refugee intake would boost economy by billions, Oxfam says (Guardian Australia) 28 August 2019

RACGP provides in-principle support for continuance of Medevac laws (News GP 28 August 2019

Government slapped down for dragging sick asylum seekers through pointless legal battle (Mirage News) 28 August 2019

People smugglers take control of Australia’s visa system (MacroBusiness) 27 August 2019

‘It’s a real Yes Minister exercise’: the cost of running an empty detention centre (Canberra Times) 27 August 2019

How long can medivac last? (Crikey) 27 August 2019

Nauru’s parliament elects Lionel Aingimea as president amid refugee crisis (Guardian Australia) 27 August 2019

Nauru’s Parliament elects former human rights lawyer Lionel Aingimea as President (ABC News) 27 August 2019

Nauru’s parliament elects new president (Nine News) 27 August 2019

Australia’s ‘broken’ visa system being used for human trafficking, experts say (Guardian Australia) 26 August 2019

Asylum seekers held in Papua New Guinea blocked from talking to lawyers or doctors (Guardian Australia) 26 August 2019

Spies suppress Australia’s refugees (The Saturday Paper) 26 August 2019

Home Affairs fails to back up claim Medevac bill saw spike in asylum seeker self-harm cases (ABC News) 26 August 2019

Repealing medevac would be ‘catastrophic’ – Video  ( 26 August 2019

Intelligence agencies warn of ‘unprecedented scale’ of foreign spying within Australia (ABC News) 26 August 2019
The stark warning from the nation’s domestic intelligence agency follows accusations the east African nation of Rwanda has a network of spies working to supress political dissent in refugee communities.

No evidence for Home Affairs medevac claim ( 26 August 2019

Only four refugees transferred under ‘medevac’ laws admitted to hospital: Pezzullo (SMH) 26 August 2019

Labor accuses Dutton of losing control of Australia’s borders ‘at our airports’ (SBS News) 25 August 2019

Medevac repeal piles on the cruelty (SMH) 25 August 2019

‘Let them stay’: Melbourne protesters call to save Queensland Tamil family (SMH) 25 August 2019

‘Australia is a bigger cage’: the ongoing trauma of Nauru’s child refugees (Guardian Australia) 25 August 2019

Syrian refugees reunite with family in Italy after bureaucratic bungle (The New Daily) 24 August 2019

Most Nauru and Manus Island refugees are sick, depressed – report (The News Hub) 24 August 2019

Refugee legal services struggle to help ‘legacy caseload’ backlog ABC News) 24 August 2019

Asylum seeker reportedly airlifted from Nauru to Brisbane after self-immolation (SBS News) 24 August 2019

Scrapping refugee law risks death: doctors (The Senior) 23 August 2019

“Offshore Processing” in Guatemala: A Deeper Look at the U.S. Asylum Deal  (Just Security) 23 August 2019

Why medevac should stay: Kaldor Centre strongly opposes repeal (Kaldor Centre) 23 August 2019

Refugee law repeal a ‘dummy spit’: Phelps (7 News) 23 August 2019

Pakistani refugee on Nauru self immolates (9 News) 23 August 2019

Three quarters of refugees on Manus and Nauru seriously ill, doctors claim (SMH) 22 August 2019

Rohingya refugees shun Myanmar return (Canberra Times) 22 August 2019

Ex-Nauru nurse urges Senate to block government’s Medevac repeal (SBS News) 22 August 2019

Manus Island processing centre set to close (The Autrslian) 21 August 2019

NZ urged to lift ‘unfair’ restrictions on Middle Eastern and African refugees (SBS News) 21 August 2019

Operation Sovereign Borders monthly update: July 2019 (Australian Border Force Newsroom) 20 August 2019

Dumping Medevac will lead to ‘unnecessary deaths’, Kerryn Phelps warns crossbench (SBS News) 19 August 2019

Talks under way to close Australia’s Manus detention camp (The Sun Daily) 19 August 2019

Advocates lash ‘cruel’ refugee bill repeal (Nine News) 19 August 2019

Fears fewer migrants will report family violence over deportation fears (SBS News) 19 August 2019

Schindler’s List author compares Australia’s asylum seeker policy to Holocaust lead-up (SBS News) 15 August 2019

Manus Island non-refugees victims of ‘a farce’ (RNZ) 14 August 2019

Australians raise $100k to resettle Manus Island and Nauru refugees in Canada (ABC News) 14 August 2019

‘Having a job sets you free’: Refugees’ long slog to find employment (SMH) 14 August 2019

Protesters demand policy overhaul for Temporary Protection Visas (SBS News) 13 August 2019

Asylum seekers moved from Manus Island to new PNG detention facility, pending deportation (SMH) 12 August 2019

Refugee lawyers warn temporary protection visas are breaking people (Mirage News) 12 August 2019

Successful Mingoola refugee settlement program on hold as African families move away (ABC News) 12 August 2019

‘We are a part of this country’: refugees protest in Sydney over temporary visas (Guardian Australia) 12 August 2019

Gillian Triggs says ‘vindictive point-scoring’ behind Coalition’s medevac repeal (Guardian Australia) 11 August 2019

Asylum seekers moved to a prison complex in PNG (Guardian Australia) 10 August 2019

The Sydney bakery equipping refugees with the skills to thrive in Australia (SBS News) 10 August 2019

The Kaldor Centre’s Jane McAdam (The Saturday Paper) 10 August

Former asylum seekers launch simulated refugee experience (ABC) 9 August 2019

Detention centre maltreatment revealed while Home Affairs avoids charges (Independent Australia) 9 August 2019

Refugees could be sent back to countries where they face persecution under proposed new laws (SBS News) 8 August 2019

Family facing deportation from Australia due to son’s disability fear he could die if they leave (SBS News) 8 August 2019

Craig Foster welcomes corporate-backed social activism (AFR) 7 August 2019

This Syrian refugee spent months stuck in a Malaysian airport. Now he wants to bring 200 refugees to Canada (CBC) 7 August 2019

Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group concerned by MP David Gillespie’s support of Medevac Bill repeal (Macquarie Port News) 7 August 2019

‘They are cleansing our people’: Melbourne Rohingya refugee shares life story of oppression (SBS News) 6 August 2019

It was the best of days; it was the worst of days (Pearls and Irritations) 6 August 2019

Migrants and refugees bring energy and dynamism, says Bishop Vincent Long at Brisbane conference (The Catholic Leader) 6 August 2019

Craig Foster’s big gamble that paid off (AFR) 6 August 2019

Australia urged to help refugees stranded for years in Indonesia (SBS News) 5 August 2019

LGBTIQ Australians pressure Qantas on refugees (QNews) 5 August 2019

Visa character test change ‘could mean fivefold rise in deportations’ (Guardian Australia) 5 August 2019

‘The land where we lived has gone’ – the life story of a Rohingya refugee (Guardian Australia) 4 August 2019

Deportation of a Uighur asylum seeker to China temporarily halted after outcry (SBS News) 4 August 2019

Tim, seeking to protect borders is not hateful (The Australian) 3 August 2019

Humanitarian crisis in Maxmur refugee camp (Green Left Weekly) 3 August 2019

Five years on from ‘the black day’, Australia’s Yazidi refugees reflect on IS terror (SBS News) 3 August 2019

Writing on the wall: Street artist Peter Drew tells his story (The Advertiser) 3 August 2019

Destitute Refugees In Indonesia Show Australia Must Lift Ban On Resettlement (New Matilda) 2 August 2019

Government moves to repeal Medevac Bill (Mirage News) 2 August 2019

More Refugees Leave PNG shores (Loop) 2 August 2019

June 2019 media stories

The little-known visa project bringing highly skilled refugees to Australia (SBS) 30/06/19

Planning for possible refugee settlement in regional towns (Weekly Times) 29/06/19

No truth behind Dutton’s medivac rhetoric (Saturday Paper) 29/06/19

A Timeline of Despair in Australia’s Offshore Detention Centers (NY Times) 26/06/19

Time has come for an amnesty for those suffering on Manus and Nauru(SMH) 25/06/19

PNG wants Australia to end security firm Paladin’s Manus contract immediately (ABC News) 25/06/19

Labor says Peter Dutton must release ‘secret’ audit of Manus Island contracts (Guardian Australia) 24/06/19

Australia won’t meet Nauru, Manus resettlement target (Asia Pacific Report) 17/06/19

Papua New Guinea defies Dutton and says it will cancel Paladin contract
on Manus Island
. (Guardian Australia) 17/06/19.

Albanese pushes New Zealand refugee offer. (The Australian) 17/06/19.

Federal Government under mounting pressure to resettle refugees on
Manus Island and Nauru
. (ABC News) 17/06/19.

How did Mike Pezzullo become Australia’s most powerful bureaucrat?
(Guardian Australia) 16/06/19.

Keneally backs medevac laws after Dutton claims Labor may help repeal bill. (Guardian Australia) 16/06/19.

Refugee compensation could prompt Manus Island exit – lawyer.
(RNZ) 14/06/19.

Department of dysfunction. (Inside Story) 13/06/19:

Manus Governor demands action from Australia as Behrouz Boochani says self-harm has spiked. (ABC News) 11/06/19.

Refugee sets fire to himself on Manus .(Northern Daily Leader) 10/06/19.

Keneally exposes visa system chaos under Dutton.
(Independent Australia) 10/06/19.

‘I never thought this day would come’: Manus Island refugee granted
asylum in Switzerland
. (SBS News) 8/09/19.

Chaos in our Visa System Continues. (Pearls and Irritations) 7/06/19.

Breathtaking development’: AFP drops investigation into who leaked classified ‘medevac’ advice. (SMH) 7/06/19

UN condemns Australia for detaining blind Tamil refugee for nine years (Guardian Australia) 6 June 2019

Manus Island police chief calls for govt action over suicidal refugees.
(RNZ) 6/06/19.

Separating refugee policy from politics. (Eureka Street) 6/06/19.

Government rolls out anti-people smuggler campaign as it reveals asylum seekers rescue .(SBS News) 5/06/19.

Labor’s new leadership team stays firm in support of medevac law.
(Guardian Australia) 5/06/19.

The Keneally blunder. (Inside Story) 4/06/19.

Notorious PNG police unit deployed at Manus refugee camp as tensions rise. (Guardian Australia) 4/06/19.

Two more refugee suicide and self-harm incidents increase tally since Australia election. (SBS News) 3/06/19.

How many more people must die on Manus before Australia ends indefinite detention? Behourz Boochani. (Guardian Australia) 3/06/19.

‘Highly embarrassing’: UN group slams Australia for detaining Vietnamese woman and her baby. (SBS News) 3/06/19.

Anthony Albanese says Kristina Keneally’s previous attacks on offshore processing are because of her Catholic faith. (The Australian) 3/06/19.

Keneally vows ‘blowtorch’ on Dutton over asylum-seeker arrivals by plane.
(SMH) 2/06/19.

Canada expanding cap on LGBTQ2 refugee sponsorship program.
(Global News) 1/06/19.

UN group urges release of mother and baby from immigration detention.
(Brisbane Times) 1/06/19.

Saving asylum seekers’ lives: Kon Karapanagiotidis & Jana Favero – ASRC.
(The Saturday Paper) 1/06/19.

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May 2019 media stories

Bridging visas soar by 147 per cent under Coalition. (The New Daily) 31/05/19.

Armed PNG police deployed amid ‘daily’ Manus refugee suicide attempts.
(Daily Mail UK) 31/05/19.

Cruel, and no deterrent: why Australia’s policy on asylum seekers must change. (The Conversation) 31/05/19.

Manus asylum seekers treated at local hospital despite million dollar health contract. (SBS News) 31/05/19.

UN Working Group criticises Australia on immigration detention.
(ABC News) 31/05/19.

Where does the Coalition’s reelection leave refugees on Manus and Nauru? (Guardian Australia) 31/05/19.

Refugee Suicide Attempts Spike On Manus Island Following Australian Election Results. (The Organisation for World Peace) 31/05/19.

Asylum boat arrival sparks border debate. (9News) 30/05/19.

Boatload of 20 Sri Lankan asylum seekers brought to Christmas Island.
(SMH) 30/05/19.

Manus Island in ‘unprecedented crisis’ as refugee selfharm surges after Australian election. (ABC News) 29/05/19.

Palaszczuk Government strengthens asylum seeker support services.
(Mirage News). 28/03/19.

New Zealand urged to create more compassionate refugee policy.
(ProBono Australia) 27/05/19.

Ali Dorani: Iranian cartoonist on the drawings that saved his life.
(BBC) 26/05/19. 

Scott Morrison’s $9 billion mass detention plan.
(The Age) 26/03/19.

Patient Testimony from Nauru:“Refugees on Nauru are Desperately in need of . (MSF) 25/03/19.

Manus Island: Refugee ‘suicide attempts’ in wake of Australia election.
(BBC) 23/05/19.

Coalition’s plan to repeal Medevac law a ‘death warrant’ for refugees: advocacy groups.  (SBS News) 23/05/19.

More than 40 refugees transferred to Australia for urgent treatment since medevac laws passed. (Guardian Australia) 23/05/19.

‘People just lost hope’: After Australia’s election, asylum seekers attempted suicide. (Washington Post) 22/05/19.

Aus govt cannot ignore Manus Island suicide attempts advocate
(RNZ) 22/05/19.

At Least Four People on Manus Island Attempted Suicide after the Australian Election ( 22/05/19.

Government pushing ahead with medevac repeal, despite Senate opposition.
(SBS News) 22/05/19.

Refugees attempted suicide after Australia’s election, activists say. (CNN) 21/05/19.

Manus activist says detainees have ‘completely lost hope’ after election result. ( 21/05/19.

Morrison faces roadblock on refugee bill. (Canberra Times) 20/05/19.

Aust coalition win dims hope for Manus, Nauru refugees.
(PNG Post Courier) 19/05/19:

Petition supporting Tamil family delivered to Immigration Minister.
(SBS News) 18/05/19.

Biloela’s Tamil family lose high court bid to avoid deportation.
(Guardian Australia) 14/05/19.

The obscurity of consensus: Refugees in the Australian Election.
(Independent Australia) 10/05/19.

Refugees on Nauru hope for border policy change.
(The Australian) 10/05/19.

NZ refugee offer not ruled out: Dutton. (The New Daily) 9/05/19.

PM sees plenty of scope in US refugee deal . (The Australian) 9/05/19.

Federal election 2019: Border security brought into election campaign by Peter Dutton. (The West Australian) 9/05/19.

ExNauru president Sprent Dabwido who oversaw detention centre
reopening dies. (ABC News) 8/05/19.

Whatever happened to the ‘border security election’ we were supposed to have? (SMH) 5/05/19.

The issues that have swung our elections. (The Conversation) 3/05/19.

Advocates slam holding Manus Island refugee ‘in police cell’ after selfharm.
(SBS News) 2/05/19.

Trafficking in old anxieties. (The Interpreter) 1/05/19.

Partner of Deceased Refugee Sues Australian Government.
(Lexology – Legal Updates) 30/04/19.


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April 2019 media stories

Attempted murder charges after attack on Manus Island refugee.
(RadioNZ) 30/04/19.

Nauru contract standoff causes chaos and confusion as refugee services left in limbo. (Guardian Australia) 30/04/19.

Population growth, migration and refugees: A political headache that’s split the nation. (ABC News) 27/04/19.

Nauru denies former president’s claim offshore detention deal led to corruption. (Guardian Australia) 25/0419.

SRSS cuts leaving people homeless. (Pro Bono Australia) 23/04/19.

Cuts to asylum seeker payment causes ‘housing and hunger crisis’.
(ABC RN Breakfast podcast) 23/04/19.

Cuts to asylum seeker welfare create surge in demand for food and housing (Guardian Australia) 23/04/19.

Reports of suspected typhoid outbreak on Manus Island. (SBS News) 19/04/19.

Suspected typhoid on Manus ‘appalling’. (The Mercury) 19/04/19.

Australian Government must act following damning comments by Former President of Nauru. (Human Rights Law Centre) 18/04/19.

Former Nauruan president’s refugee regrets. (9News) 17/04/19.

Racist language can disengage and alienate voters, advocates warn.
(ABC News) 17/04/19.

Is This the End of the Line for Nationalism in Australia?
(NY Times) 16/04/19:

Man jailed over shoelace attack on refugee. ( 16/04/19.

Lawsuit in Australia on behalf of alleged child rape victim on Nauru.
(Herdon Gazette) 15/04/19.

Have we, Australia, become a country that breeds mass murderers with our words? (Guardian Australia) 14/04/19.

Palm Sunday 2019: See more news about rallies on here.

Thousands gather across Australia for Palm Sunday refugee rallies.
(SBS News) 14/04/19.

The potential of refugee entrepreneurs is huge. But they need our help.
(Guardian Australia) 11/04/19.

Accidental Prime Minister’ has short runup to Aussie vote.
(Hastings Tribune – Nebraska). 10/0419.
Morrison’s politics are more complicated [than Turnbull’s]. Morrison is seen by some as an incongruous mix of a committed Christian who made his name through ratcheting up a refugee policy that many church groups have condemned as inhumane.

Morrison rose to public prominence when the conservative coalition government was first elected under Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2013 as the minister who stopped asylum seekers from attempting to reach Australian shores by boat.

Australia uses the Navy to turn boats back to Indonesia, or it banishes refugees to remote immigration camps in the poor Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

The policy has been widely condemned as a callous abrogation of Australia’s international obligations to help refugees. Australia’s human rights watchdog found in 2014 that Morrison failed to act in the best interests of asylum seeker children in detention.

Morrison explained his deep belief in the righteousness of crushing the people-smuggling trade and preserving the safety of people who board rickety boats to take the long and treacherous voyage to Australia.

The Federal Budget: What it means for refugees and people seeking humanitarian protection.
(Refugee Council of Australia) 3/04/19.

Millions spent on sixday Manus contract.
( 8/04/19.

Interpol red notice: global arrest system at risk of abuse.
(Yahoo News) 5/04/19.

More refugees being treated in Australia than on Nauru and Manus Island.
(SBS News) 4/04/19.

Christmas Island ‘closure’ savings banked.
(9News) 2/04/19.

Home Affairs linked to controversial PNG security contract. (The Age) 1/04/19.

Settling migrants in regional areas will need more than a visa to succeed. (Domain) 1/04/19.

Ballarat RAR: Cruel, indefinite detention of refugees must end.
(Ballarat Courier) 1/04/19.

Behrouz Boochani’s mission to change offshore detention laws using a smuggled mobile phone.
(ABC News) 1/04/19.

AuditorGeneral launches probe into Home Affairs offshore contracts.
(Brisbane Times) 1/04/19.

Inquiry into Paladin expanded to cover all Manus and Nauru contracts.
(Guardian Australia) 1/04/19.

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March 2019 media stories

Media reports about refugees: March 2019 

Please note: some links to stories in these documents may be broken.

Palaszczuk Government strengthens asylum seeker support services.
(Mirage News) 28/03/19.

Scott Morrison’s $9 billion mass detention plan. (The Age) 26/03/19.

Patient Testimony from Nauru:“Refugees on Nauru are Desperately in need of
Freedom.” (MSF) 25/03/19.

Six facts that tell a different immigration story than we hear from politicians. (ABC News) 21/03/19.

Morrison government faces first test under new refugee medical transfer laws. (The Age) 20/03/19.

Nauru refugees exposed to asbestos after shipping containers dumped just metres away (ABC News March 19 2019).

PM pushes mixed messages on migration (InDaily March 19 2019).

Exclusive: Former Nauru president’s dying wish is to end offshore processing (SBS News March 18 2019).

Australia’s citizenship backlog is taking a toll on the country’s refugees
(SBS News March 17 2019).

Hero refugee chased gunman away from NZ mosque
(Yahoo News March 17 2019).

High risk and inflated: Australia’s contract for food on Manus Island
(Canberra Times March 14 2019).

Rally opposes Christmas Island plan (Green Left Weekly March 11 2019).

Toll paid $9m to do nothing after Canberra scrapped the Manus project
(AFR March 11 2019).

A decade in detention: refugees face indefinite time on Christmas Island (March 8, 2019). More from The Age.

Babies of refugees on Manus Island eligible for transfer under Medevac Bill, but confusion reigns (March 9, 2019) . Read more from ABC News.

PM, stop the cynical charade on asylum-seeker boats (March 9, 2019). Read more from The Age.

Bring Aussie kids home from Syria says Save the Children (March 9, 2019). More from SBS News.

Put ‘politics above lives’ (March 9, 2019). Read more from the Jeffersen Journal.

Two men arrested over attack on refugee at Adelaide CBD bus stop
(March 8, 2019). Read more from The Adelaide Advertiser.

Villawood detainee self-harms: advocates (March 7, 2019).
Read more from 9News. Read more from SBS News.

Second Villawood death raises concerns (March 7, 2019).
More from Independent Australia.

UN human rights chief blasts PM’s Christmas Island plans.
(March 7, 2019). More from SBS News.

Christmas Island to do asylum processing  (March 6, 2019).
More from 9News.

Sick asylum seekers deemed ‘a risk’ to Australia to be sent to Christmas Island (March 6, 2019). Read more from ABC News.

Qld town demands Tamil family’s release (March 5, 2019).
Read more from the Illawarra Mercury.

Time’s up for the Home Affairs experiment (March 5, 2019).
Read more from Fairfax media.

Man dies inside Sydney detention centre (March 4 2019).
Read more from 9News.