The prime minister has nominated repealing the so-called "medevac bill" as one of his most pressing priorities. However, it remains unlikely the repeal will gain Senate support, despite his re-election.
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.
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.
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.
At the current AAT decision-making rate, and assuming the monthly asylum application rate continues at the current rate of over 1,000 per month, by the end of 2019-20 the backlog of asylum cases at the AAT may be approaching 30,000.
Under the Malaysian Arrangement 800 boat arrivals would initially be repatriated to Malaysia and Australia would accept 4,000 refugees from Malaysia who had been orderly processed in Malaysia in cooperation with the UNHCR.
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.
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.
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.