Leaked “Nauru Files” document trauma and abuse in detention

From the Guardian: “The devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children held by Australia in offshore detention has been laid bare in the largest cache of leaked documents released from inside its immigration regime. More than 2,000 leaked incident reports

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“Facts no longer matter” when discussing Muslims in Australia

“The most troubling aspect of the current debate about Muslims in Australia is that facts are irrelevant. So despite the fact that Australian Muslim leaders and spokespeople have publicly condemned terrorism and Islamic State again and again and again and

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Survey shows majority of Australians believe boat arrivals should stay

From the Guardian: “Refugees who arrive in Australia by boat should be allowed to resettle in the country, a majority of Australians believe, new polling released just days before the election shows. A poll of more than 1,400 people commissioned

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“The worst I’ve seen” – a trauma expert on Australia’s detention regime

The Guardian is running a special report today on the effect of detention on people’s health. “In his 43-year career, Paul Stevenson has worked in the aftermath of the Bali bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami but says nothing he

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Q&A – Mathias Cormann claims keeping journalists out of detention centres helps stop boats

On ABC’s Q&A, government spokesperson Mathias Cormann has claimed that it is necessary to keep journalists from visiting detention centres to prevent “sharing intelligence with people smugglers”. Click here to read the wrap-up in the Guardian.

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Dutton says illiterate and innumerate refugees will take Aus jobs

Asked on Sky news on Tuesday evening about a proposed increase in refugee intake, Peter Dutton replied: “For many people – they won’t be numerate or literate in their own language, let alone English.” … “These people would be taking

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Refugees don’t self harm because of me, Mr Dutton, they do it because of you

Peter Dutton has accused asylum seeker advocates for refugee suicide attempts. This piece by Sarah Smith describes the work advocates do to try and prevent refugees from hurting themselves. Click here to read the article.

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Stephen Charles: We are not “misty-eyed”, we are furious

Former Court of Appeal judge, Stephen Charles, has called detention centres “concentration camps” in his opinion piece for Fairfax. Click here to read his piece.

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Peter Dutton blames refugee activists for suicides

“The immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has blamed refugee advocates for the suicide attempts on Nauru and Manus, alleging they are encouraging detainees to self-harm in the hope of getting to Australia. A second refugee, Hodan Yasi, self-immolated on Nauru overnight

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Sign GetUp’s petition to Bring Them Here

From GetUp: “The Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea has ruled that detaining people in Australia’s abusive Manus Island camp is illegal. What does it mean? That according to PNG’s own constitution the Australian government has been imprisoning people illegally

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