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July 2019
Afghan man dies at Melbourne immigration detention centre

Police say death of 23-year-old-detainee is not being treated as suspicious.

A 23-year-old Afghan man has died in the Melbourne immigration detention centre.

Victoria police and the Australian Border Force confirmed that the man died around midnight on Friday.

“Police will prepare a report for the coroner following the death of a 23-year old-man at a government facility in Broadmeadows about 12.20am Saturday morning,” a spokesman for Victoria Police said.

“At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious.”

A detainee at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (Mita) told Guardian Australia he heard a commotion outside the man’s room and saw officers attempting to resuscitate him until paramedics arrived.


Peter Dutton's department regains control of refugee settlement services

Refugee support groups have criticised the move, pointing out the home affairs department’s border security focus..

Peter Dutton and the home affairs department have regained responsibility for refugee settlement services and migrant adult education.


The administrative changes were made on Wednesday, accompanying the swearing-in of ministers appointed by Scott Morrison following his post-election reshuffle.


Asylum seekers in crisis

Electricity and gas have been cut off to the Melbourne home of Kurdish widower Sadoullah Malakooti and his three daughters, as the family faces destitution after cuts to government support for asylum seekers........

Raha Malakooti was just a baby when the boat she was travelling on capsized on its way to Australia.

Her mother, snatched by a seething wave, was never found, but the sea spat Raha out. Australian rescuers spotted her face down in the water and scooped her out. On a rigid inflatable boat they resuscitated her, but as they made their way towards a navy ship in fading light, she stopped breathing twice more.

Some 30 people died that day. Raha and the other survivors from the doomed boat were taken to Christmas Island. Among the residents there, Raha was known as “miracle baby”, a beacon of hope in the sea of misery that took many lives.


Congratulations Australia.....  We've got the government we deserve.
Medevac law repeal a priority, Coalition says, as self-harm rises among refugees

Spike in suicide attempts reported on Manus and Nauru in days since Australian election.......

The re-elected Coalition government is pushing forward with plans to repeal the medical evacuation laws amid a spike in suicide attempts and self-harm among offshore refugees and asylum seekers.

After the federal election on Saturday, the prime minister, Scott Morrison, has identified repealing the legislation as a priority. The medevac bill sets out conditions by which sick refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island can be transferred to Australia for medical treatment. In the event of medical advice from two or more treating doctors that a person needs to be evacuated, the home affairs minister has grounds for refusal.


Biloela's Tamil family lose high court bid to avoid deportation

Supporters fear government could deport Sri Lankan detainees and their Australian-born children before election.......

The Sri Lankan family taken from their Biloela home to immigration detention in a dawn raid have lost their bid for the high court to review the their asylum claims.

In December the federal court upheld the assessment authority’s decision to reject the asylum claims of the mother and one daughter. At the time the court ordered the Australian government not deport them before 1 February.

On Tuesday morning the full bench of the high court ruled against the family’s application for special leave to appeal the case.


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