A refugee surgeon who landed on Christmas Island in the 1990s has slammed the government's plan to reopen the detention centre there.
The existential – and actual – threat in 2001 was terrorism. We argued about the Kyoto protocol then, but now climate change is what panics us. Now it is harder to merge the issues of national security with asylum seekers, which may be why the home affairs minister Peter Dutton appears to channel Donald Trump at his most base when he suggests some offshore detainees may be rapists and paedophiles.
Speechless is the new opera by award-winning composer Cat Hope, co-commissioned by the Perth Festival and Tura New Music. This is Hope’s powerful response to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2014 report into children in immigration detention.
It is understood half the Border Force's fleet of eight Cape Class patrol boats are currently docked for maintenance. Two are at shipbuilder Austal's Henderson facility, one is tied up at Darwin and another at Cairns. It is not clear however whether the maintenance is holding them up or they simply cannot be crewed.
"Political arrangements are subject to the rule of law, constitutional requirements and other legislation such as immigration law," Dr Lomai said.
The Supreme Court is expected to issue a direction this week for the application to be heard, possibly in April, he said.
Ansoul and Fenton were there as volunteers with Ads-Up (Aussie Diaspora Steps Up), a group of Australians living in the US who help refugees resettling from Nauru and Manus. The family was also met by caseworkers from a refugee resettlement agency, as well as some distant friends.
Ads-Up cofounder Ben Winsor told BuzzFeed News initial assistance from resettlement agencies can vary wildly. There is generally a period of rent support and help applying for ID cards. Some will provide grocery items, try to find refugees a job — while others will hand over some cash and say good luck.
“They get that three months of support, by that time they’re expected to find a job, everything ends and they’re on their own. So we try to jump in and help,” he said.
Australia’s acceptance of refugees remained uncontroversial while the numbers of refugees could be strictly controlled through its immigration program. The first serious challenge to control was the arrival of boatloads of Vietnamese refugees in 1976. However, the Fraser Coalition government maintained control through an arrangement with South East Asian countries that Australia would resettle a high number of Vietnamese refugees if those countries stopped redirecting boats that arrived on their shores back out to sea.
However, all the focus of the media has been directed only at this one company, simply questioning the figure in the contract. For years I have been scrutinising the security companies and medical service providers on Manus. I question why this critical approach to Paladin has only been taken up now and why it is exclusive to one company. The Paladin scandal is only one small part of this issue – hundreds of millions of dollars have been wasted in the detention centres on Manus and Nauru during these years.
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For the past five years the asylum seeker policies of the Coalition and Labor have been virtually identical. Three weeks ago that changed when Bill Shorten announced Labor would support a bill from the newly elected independent member Kerryn Phelps, allowing seriously ill asylum seekers and refugees, most of whom have been on Nauru and Manus Island since 2013 or even earlier, to be brought to Australia for medical treatment on the recommendation of two doctors.