Australia resettled two Rwandans accused of murder in deal with US

At the same time the Australian government was arguing against proposed legislation for evacuating sick refugees and asylum seekers from Manus Island and Nauru to Australia, claiming it would strip the government of the power to prevent murderers and other criminals coming into Australia.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/16/australia-resettled-two-rwandans-accused-of-in-secret-deal-with-us-reports?mc_cid=17b0f81968&mc_eid=63743e84d5


This election is an opportunity to vote for humanity and freedom Behrouz Boochani

Christina could be seen as someone who represents an emancipatory consciousness – she is a symbol for a significant group within Australian society – those who have never been indifferent to the humanitarian crisis and tragedy unfolding on these two islands. She was someone who remained active in this cause until her dying days. She never stopped fighting for change.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/15/this-election-is-an-opportunity-to-vote-for-humanity-and-freedom?CMP=share_btn_link

The Kaldor Centre: Achieving better evidence, better answers, and better understanding

In late 2013, we came together to tackle one of the world’s most critical issues. Political and social tumult about refugees was growing, in Australia and abroad, fed by populist and ill-informed narratives. The Kaldor Centre was created as a counterpoint: to bring evidence, rationality and expertise to the discussion. As the world’s first research centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law, it has become renowned in just five short years as a global powerhouse on refugee law and policy.

https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/our-impact?mc_cid=6be1cde980&mc_eid=63743e84d5


Cutting the safety net: New ASRC report on crisis of hunger and homelessness

More than 1200 men and women have been cut off torture and trauma services, subsidised medication, casework and income support of 89% of Newstart or approximately $250 per week to cover rent and food for single adults.

Now families with children over six years old are being cut off, with 42% of recipients of SRSS under 25 years of age.

https://www.asrc.org.au/2019/04/23/srss-report-release/

Putting to rest the ghosts of a Christmas Island past

Should Bill Shorten's Labor win office, it has promised to give certainty to the family, and others like them.

Today, Eric has his own business plastering and labouring, and Kosar works as a carer in an aged care facility. She wants to become a nurse.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/putting-to-rest-the-ghosts-of-a-christmas-island-past-20190417-p51eyw.html?fbclid=IwAR0G10nUcnJUk1FY_W4hmXQpFu53yZW03arAybwoor1c6ZEV2d75LqNywA4

Trafficking in old anxieties

Most concerning is the terrible human cost of Australia’s current approach to asylum policy. Talk of “border control” masks the serious impact of detention and offshore processing on the people concerned. There are now about 915 people held on Nauru and Manus Island, and the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, has expressed grave concern for the mental health of those remaining on these islands. Another 953 children, women and men are in Australia for medical treatment, living with the risk that they may be sent back offshore.

http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/the-interpreter/trafficking-old-anxieties?mc_cid=27f539f03d&mc_eid=63743e84d5