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HIGH COURT DECISION OPENS POSSIBILITY OF DEPORTATIONS TO DANGER

A High Court decision this morning (7 September) has dismissed an application of behalf of five asylum seekers seeking to extend judicial review to discretionary Ministerial decisions. In a similar application (M61) in 2010, the High Court found that asylum seekers were entitled to judicial review of appeal decisions. The High Court judgement means that there is now no legal impediment to the government moving to deport a large number of asylum seekers. Around 180 asylum seekers were attached to…

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Houston Committee Report on Asylum Seekers Disappoints

The Uniting Church in Australia has expressed its disappointment in the recommendations of the Houston Committee and called for a new beginning in the national debate on asylum seekers. “Today’s Expert Panel report is another fork in the road in this vexed debate,” said Rev. Elenie Poulos, National Director of the Uniting Church’s justice unit, UnitingJustice Australia. “As a representative of a Church that has long advocated for a more compassionate treatment of asylum seekers, we cannot welcome the re-introduction…

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Blaming refugees for people smugglers’ tricks not the solution: Greens

Desperate people will keep risking everything they have and flee for Australia via leaky boats if they feel they have no other alternative because of limited protection options, the Australian Greens said today. “In the rush to punish people smugglers, we mustn’t lose sight of the bigger picture and the causes that force people to run for their lives,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “People will continue fleeing from war, torture or persecution and will always take their…

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The Academy of Child and Adolescent Health (an Australian association of paediatric professionals) urged the immediate release of people seeking asylum from hotel detention in Melbourne into community housing.
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