Not So Good News Stories

This page will be changed periodically to display an article of relevance or interest, generally sourced from a third party such as a news site,  magazine etc.


The selection of articles for this page will be somewhat subjective, since every refugee / asylum seeker in detention, is itself a bad-news story, and space does not permit reporting everything.  We will instead, try to keep this page topical and report on outstanding recent items.

Subject to the above, we look forward to this page being blank for the most part.

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Last Updated: Friday 31 aUGUST 2018

Nothing Specific For This Week

but there is still bad news generally... we still have people in detention, and we still have a government which doesn't care, and perhaps worst of all, we still have an "opposition" which doesn't care.

Previously reported on this website:
Mental health of children in Australian detention center reaches ‘crisis point’

"New York Times, 5 July  The world is watching us......."


The Australian government has allowed a young girl to leave Nauru and seek medical care in Australia, the latest in a series of refugee children who have asked to be let into the country for treatment. But a UN refugee agency official has said the state of children on Nauru is especially shocking. The girl is at least the seventh seriously ill child to be brought to Australia under legal pressure since the Nauru center reopened in 2012 according to the National Justice Project, a nonprofit legal service that has represented most of them.


Report: With Empty Hands - Forcing Asylum Seekers Into Destitution

"Refugee Council Of Australia Brief June 2018"


The With empty hands we cannot do anything. It’s like you ask me to paint this wall without giving me any paint and brush and I ask ‘how can I do it’ and you respond ‘I don’t know, just do it’.

— Ali,* seeking asylum in Perth.

This report tells the story of over 30,000 people seeking asylum in Australia, and the Australian Government has, in various ways, denied them access to work, study, income and much-needed health services.

For many, their lifeline is a support program that provides 89% of a Newstart allowance, or around $35 a day. Yet this too is now being taken away from them, with an estimated 7,000 likely to lose all income in the next few months because of yet more punitive policy changes.

This is the first report to explain the bewildering and ever-changing policies that have led us here. It reflects the voices of people seeking asylum and those who work with them, gathered through our national annual consultations in 2016 and 2017.


Report: Starving them Out - Forcing Asylum Seekers Into Destitution

"Refugee Council Of Australia Brief May 2018"


Over the past 25 years, people have been supported while seeking asylum through a basic living allowance
and limited casework. These support programs were designed so that people can more effectively resolve their claims for protection.
In the past few years, and especially since August 2017, the Australian Government has been making it
harder for people to access these support programs. This is forcing vulnerable men, women and children into
More drastic changes coming in 2018 are likely to drive thousands more into destitution. People will lose their
housing, and will be deprived of food, clothes and essential medicines. They will turn to community organisations
around the country, which operate without any government funding and are already at breaking point
after years of assisting people subject to punitive asylum policies.


The Stateless Refugee Australia May Never Release

"They are breaking him........"


Akam has not known a day of liberty since arriving on Christmas Island in 2013 aged 16. Half a decade ago, his mother packed her young son into a leaky boat for the journey over the horizon to Australia: seeking a place, finally, they might call home.


Biloela family’s deportation appeal rejected

"The big picture is this family are wanted members of the community"


The Federal Circuit Court has rejected a deportation appeal by Biloela couple Priya and Nades.
Judge Caroline Kirton delivered her verdict yesterday morning (21 June 2018).

Priya, her husband Nades and their two daughters – aged 1 and 3, born in Australia – have now spent more than 100 days detained at Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation in Broadmeadows.

In March, they were given a last-minute temporary legal reprieve from deportation to Sri Lanka.

Their daughters were born in Australia and do not hold Sri Lankan citizenship, yet they now face the prospect of being deported to that country if their family’s case is not reviewed.


The Tamil couple, who sought asylum in Australia between 2012 and 2013, is accused of not meeting the nation’s protection obligations.

Priya and her family fled Sri Lanka in 2000. Nades faces persecution for his former association with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which was militarily defeated by the Sri Lankan armed forces in 2009.

The family has lived in Biloela for the past three years, supported as valuable members of that community. More than 76,000 people have signed a petition supporting the family.

Friends have called on Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to overrule the courts rejection and to allow the family back to Biloela...

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