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Australia’s Policy on Refugees and Asylum-Seekers “fits the definition of torture”

*Author’s note: all quotations are taken from this report by Amnesty International, unless otherwise noted. Australia’s current policy on refugee and asylum-seekers is that “no person who arrives in the country by boat seeking asylum…


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Riots on Christmas Island draw attention to Australia’s human rights record, which is set for international scrutiny under the UPR today

Early this morning riots broke out at Christmas Island immigration detention centre. The facility is part of Australia’s offshore processing centres where asylum seekers are being held, as well as New Zealanders facing deportation under…




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Forced Closure of 150 Aboriginal Communities

The Western Australia government plans to withdraw services for 150 Aboriginal communities. The government’s decision to close over half of the state’s 247 remote Aboriginal communities has been met with protest. On Friday, more than…


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Balancing Civil Liberties and Community Safety in the “Era of Terror”

Following the recommendations of the counter-terrorism review from August, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is scheduled to announce changes to national security later today. The anticipated changes include: developing an anti-extremism strategy, appointing a terrorism…


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New South Wales Parliamentary Inquiry: Allegations of Police Corruption

Established 12 November 2012, the New South Wales (NSW) parliamentary inquiry into “Operation Prospect” began hearings on 29 January 2015. Operation Prospect was the name given to the Ombudsman inquiry into “Operation Mascot Florida.” Operation…