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  1. Bit of a blow to the government, leaving those refugees in detention centres in limbo. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14727471
  2. connaust

    Anti Refugee Outrage

    Community outraged by anti asylum flyers. The Adelaide Hills council is considering legal action to stop a group drumming up community anger over asylum seekers. Mayor Bill Spragg says the Australia First Party is letterboxing homes with a flyer that vilifies asylum seekers and incites people to take action against them. He says it also urges residents near the new Inverbrackie detention centre to shun anyone who expresses support for asylum seekers. Cr Spragg says he has received numerous calls from people outraged by the material. "We have been talking to the locals about their concerns and I believe we were making reasonable progress with that and to have this group come in and try to undo all the good work that's been done is really a big concern," he said. He says it urges local people to shun anyone who embraces the asylum seekers. "Well we're looking at, we're going to seek legal advice to see whether they've breached any laws and if they have we'll take action against them to try to prevent them distributing any more of these flyers," he said.
  3. Some are saying that 90% of rejected Afghan claims for refugee status have recently been upheld on appeal -seems Julia Gillard has not been mentioning this though when she's been stating that a high percentage of Afghan refugee claims this year have been rejected. Many rejected Afghan refugee claims upheld on appeal
  4. November 17, 2009 AUSTRALIA CANNOT WATCH IDLY WHILE ASYLUM SEEKERS FACE RETURN TO SRI LANKA The Australian Government cannot remain a passive bystander while asylum seekers on the Merak boat face the risk of return to Sri Lanka, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says. RCOA president John Gibson said the organisation was alarmed by media reports that the Indonesian Government was considering returning asylum seekers whose claims were yet to be examined. “Given our Prime Minister’s much publicised intervention to prevent the boat now in Merak from reaching Australian waters, Australia has a moral responsibility to do everything it can to ensure that refugees and asylums seekers on that boat are not returned to a situation where they may face persecution,” Mr Gibson said. “Australia must now urge the Indonesian Government to allow UNHCR officials full access to the asylum seekers on the Merak boat and consider what actions Australia can take to rebuild trust and goodwill with the government and people of Indonesia. “Australia is increasingly being regarded as a wealthy nation which has no qualms about shifting its responsibilities for refugee protection to neighbouring countries with fewer resources. Not only is this perception damaging Australia’s reputation in the region, it threatens to undermine longer term efforts to build regional cooperation on refugee protection.” Call for gesture of goodwill to Indonesia RCOA members at today’s Annual General Meeting in Melbourne supported a resolution calling for the Australian Government to make an immediate allocation of 500 additional refugee resettlement places, as a practical gesture of Australia’s preparedness to work constructively with Indonesia to find solutions for refugees in the region. Mr Gibson said the additional allocation would increase Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program for 2009-10 to 14,250 places, a figure slightly higher than the 14,144 refugee and humanitarian visas granted by the Howard Government in 2005-06. “While this would be a small step at a time when Australia’s annual migration program is around 170,000 places, it would be an indication of Australia commitment to sharing of responsibility and to working with UNHCR and our neighbours to find genuine long-term solutions to pressing humanitarian concerns. “This gesture would, we believe, create a positive basis to begin a constructive dialogue between Australia, Indonesia, UNHCR, other countries in the region and civil society about increasing the range of protection and resettlement options as part of a new regional strategy to protect people facing persecution. “Any strategy must involve humane reception standards, credible processing of claims (including returns only with safeguards to ensure that human rights will not be violated) and access to timely durable solutions for recognised refugees, including resettlement in Australia and other countries.” Mr Gibson reiterated RCOA’s recent calls for a mature and honest debate and political bipartisanship on this issue.
  5. connaust

    New Citizenship Test

    Try this new citizenship test. So the Don's out. The new citizenship test will no longer ask people to learn the cricketer's test average or about Walter Lindrum's billiards prowess. According to the Minister for Immigration, Chris Evans, the aim is to include people, not block them out in an "Australiana Quiz".