The hypocrisy, double standards and micro-cruelties at heart of Biloela case

It’s a fact that the family have been denied protection as refugees. Their cases were not found to be strong enough, but the family has said those assessing their case looked at the wrong things. While it went through several levels of the court system, their actual claims for protection were never reassessed.

It is also a fact that the manner in which Priya and her daughter Kopika were assessed has been heavily criticised for a number of years, and not just for how they were assessed but how everyone was assessed.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/18/the-biloela-tamil-case-has-prompted-a-festival-of-double-standards

Essential poll: majority of Australians support medevac or better asylum care

Public perceptions that the legislation will weaken Australia’s borders and result in boats arriving have decreased since the start of the year from 30% to 21%. At the same time, concerns from voters that the medevac regime does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for people in offshore detention has increased from 15% in February to 23% this fortnight.


https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/17/essential-poll-majority-of-australians-support-medevac-or-better-asylum-care?CMP=share_btn_link

Paladin forced to pay back $3.1m for failures in offshore detention services

In the documents Paladin explained the failures by describing its “inability to deploy expat personnel”, but the department found this was no excuse for failure to deliver training to staff and “should not prevent … incident reporting, particularly as incident reporting is generally overseen in Australia”.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/17/paladin-forced-to-pay-back-31m-for-failures-in-offshore-detention-services?CMP=share_btn_link

Shaminda Kanapathi From Manus Island to Port Moresby

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..More than 50 men have been found – by a flawed PNG assessment process that lacks any oversight – not to be owed any protection. They are confined in Bomana Prison, in the immigration detention facility purpose-built and staffed by Australia.

It is hard to know what is happening to them. They are being held with no freedom of movement and have no access to mobile phones. They cannot even communicate with their families – a deeper denial of their fundamental human rights beyond being indefinitely detained for nearly seven years.

These 50 or so men have effectively been disappeared.

https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2019/09/14/manus-island-port-moresby/15683832008783?mc_cid=e0a359efdd&mc_eid=63743e84d5

UN official flags Australian immigration detention concerns ahead of all-access visit

Australia is obliged to allow the visit after ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture in 2017. The subcommittee will also be visiting Nauru, meaning both Australia's onshore and offshore immigration detention facilities could be under the microscope.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/un-official-flags-australian-immigration-detention-concerns-ahead-of-all-access-visit

Hundreds of Melburnians hit the streets to support refugees

Former refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi has called on the prime minister to help others like him at a rally in Melbourne. The Bahrain-born 25-year-old has travelled a rocky road, including a stint in a Bangkok jail, to realise his dream of a life in Australia.

"I have a small message to this government, you have given me citizenship here as a refugee but there are dozens of people here. Please Scott Morrison help these people," Mr Al-Araibi told hundreds of activists in Melbourne on Saturday.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/hundreds-of-melburnians-hit-the-streets-to-support-refugees

Nauru 'not appropriate' for children: Australian Human Rights Commission

The now-decommissioned regional processing centre on the island was "not an appropriate place" to send families with babies and young children, the AHRC's Richard Lancaster SC said in a report tabled in Parliament on Thursday.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/nauru-not-appropriate-for-children-australian-human-rights-commission-20190912-p52qse.html?fbclid=IwAR37Tm_h077C8KcQhefoF71XgUyZ_6qQe4Tbr4dYEZk0BvioyMa-86Wj9dE