Australian Immigrant and Refugee Issues
By Max Newman, 15 March 2018
People in a Queensland rural town are outraged at the pre-dawn Australian Border Force raid to seize and imprison a local family.
By Max Newman, 22 February 2018
Thangalingam is a victim of anti-refugee and geo-strategic policies pursued by successive Australian governments.
By Max Newman, 12 February 2018
A recently-published secret cabinet submission proves that the Coalition government formally asked the spy agency to stall security clearances for officially-recognised refugees.
By Max Newman, 26 January 2018
Local residents were concerned because sewage was flowing from the unfinished detention camps into their houses.
By Tom Peters, 17 January 2018
New Zealanders who have spent most of their lives in Australia are being detained and expelled for minor offences or on “character” grounds.
By our reporters, 13 January 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters conducted interviews about the xenophobic “anti-gang” campaign being fuelled by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government, in tandem with the Murdoch media.
By Max Newman, 12 January 2018
Budget estimates reveal the massive cost of Australia’s anti-asylum measures.
By Patrick Kelly, 5 January 2018
Turnbull has sent a clear message that his government’s agenda for 2018 will consist of draconian new “law and order” measures, along with nationalist and racist hysteria.
By Max Newman, 5 January 2018
Despite protests and UN condemnations of Australia, the detainees confront worsening conditions.
By Sam Price, 4 January 2018
The Labour-led government is scapegoating international students, along with immigrants, to divert attention from the real source of the social crisis.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 December 2017
Successive Labor and Liberal-National governments have forcibly deported asylum-seekers to Colombo, where they face imprisonment and torture.
By Max Newman, 27 November 2017
Turnbull’s government openly backed the violent eviction from the Australian-controlled detention camp, as part of its message to asylum seekers globally.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 November 2017
One of the asylum-seekers reported that yesterday’s violent incursion by Papua New Guinea state forces was directed by a representative of the Australian Federal Police.
By Max Newman, 15 November 2017
Asylum seekers detained in Nauru are “wilfully coming to medical harm” at the Australian government’s orders.
By Eric London, 15 November 2017
The film is an aesthetic and political milestone and Ai’s imagery is unforgettable because it is real. But in its political orientation, Human Flow lags far behind.
By James Cogan, 13 November 2017
In a McCarthyite process, every member of parliament now has 18 days to prove they are not entitled to dual citizenship.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 November 2017
The entire Australian political establishment is responsible for the desperate plight of the 600 men in the detention camp.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 November 2017
Rally organisers sought to divert widespread anger over the dire plight of 600 refugees behind impotent appeals to the Coalition government, and support for Labor’s re-election.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2017
Contractors hired by the Liberal-National government emptied water tanks before leaving the facility Tuesday, while the Papua New Guinea navy is blocking emergency food deliveries.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 November 2017
Asylum seekers have been left without food, water and electricity, and face the prospect of an armed assault by Papua New Guinea police and military personnel.
By Max Newman, 24 October 2017
“We explained over and over again that we would rather stay in the Manus prison without hope than face violence in Lorengau,” a refugee explained.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 October 2017
Rajeev Rajendran is the sixth refugee who has died on Manus Island, and the second in just two months.
By Max Newman, 29 September 2017
About 50 heavily-vetted detainees out of more than 2,000 are being transferred to unknown US locations.
By Mike Head, 11 September 2017
The ruling is an indictment of the last Greens-backed Australian Labor government.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 6 September 2017
The citizenship crisis is an attempt to suppress anti-war sentiment and class tensions by promoting nationalism and patriotism.
By Max Newman, 4 September 2017
The government’s actions have provoked widespread outrage, with thousands of people offering sanctuary to the refugees.
By Max Newman and Mike Head, 24 August 2017
The judges rejected a challenge to incarceration on Manus Island despite the PNG Supreme Court last year ruling it was an unconstitutional deprivation of liberty.
By Max Newman, 19 August 2017
Hamid Shamshiripour’s story is one of immense psychological suffering, as well as abuse at the hands of guards, overseen by the Australian government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 August 2017
Labor and Liberal-National MPs, who incessantly promote xenophobic nationalism, feigned moral outrage over Pauline Hanson entering parliament wearing a burka.
By Max Newman, 9 August 2017
Asylum seekers detained in Papua New Guinea are being physically forced to move to an insecure temporary transit centre.
By Max Newman, 17 July 2017
Parts of the camp have been demolished and the Internet facility was taken away, leaving mobile phones as the only connection for detainees to the outside world.
By Max Newman, 11 July 2017
Six asylum seekers were captured by the Australian Navy and forcibly deported to face possible torture and imprisonment.
By Max Newman, 26 June 2017
A lawsuit by Manus Island detainees was halted to prevent a detailed exposure of the abuses inflicted by successive governments.
By Max Newman, 2 June 2017
The Good Friday assault highlighted the dangers facing the more than 800 male asylum seekers held on the remote island.
By Max Newman, 24 May 2017
Thousands of asylum seekers face forced removal to their countries of origin if they do not complete complex visa applications by October 1.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 April 2017
The abolition of 457 visas for foreign workers and the tightening of citizenship requirements are aimed at diverting mounting social discontent in a xenophobic direction.
By Max Newman, 18 April 2017
At least three asylum seekers were injured by armed soldiers who assaulted the refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2017
The anti-democratic move is part of a broader campaign to suppress opposition to the escalating US-led war in the Middle East.
By Max Newman, 31 March 2017
Refugees living in limbo inside Australia have been given less than 60 days to complete visa applications.
By Max Newman, 13 March 2017
The “Australian model” combines cruelty toward refugees, with a “points-based” program that discriminates in favour of employers and the wealthy.
By Mike Head, 4 February 2017
Donald Trump’s election as US president has sent shockwaves through the parliamentary elite and accelerated the global turn to trade war and war.
By Mike Head, 31 January 2017
In the face of global outrage over Trump’s measures, Turnbull undertook to strengthen relations with the new US administration.
By Max Newman, 28 January 2017
The HRW report points to the rapidly escalating erosion of basic legal and democratic rights in Australia which continues despite previous such reports.
By Max Newman, 3 January 2017
Faysal Ishak Ahmed, a 27-year-old asylum seeker from Sudan, died after suffering a seizure and collapsing in an Australian-controlled detention centre.
By Linda Tenenbaum, 29 December 2016
Returning from a three-month stint in the US, where he fraternised with Trump supporters, right-wing Liberal backbencher Cory Bernardi is testing the waters for a new far-right party.
By Max Newman, 8 December 2016
The medical evidence makes clear that Hamid Kehazaei died as a direct consequence of the refugee detention regime imposed by successive Australian governments.
By Peter Byrne, 22 November 2016
Nur Islam, a young Rohingya man who fled Burma, was on a temporary bridging visa, which blocked basic social and political rights, including to work.
By Max Newman, 14 November 2016
On both sides of the Pacific, the world’s most vulnerable people will be denied the basic right to seek protection, while many will face permanent separation from their families.
By Max Newman, 12 November 2016
The government remains determined to get the bill through the Senate despite widespread public opposition to its blatant violation of international law.
By Zac Hambides, 10 November 2016
Protest organisers made futile appeals to the Turnbull government and Labor, the very agencies responsible for the escalating persecution of the asylum seekers.
By Mike Head, 3 November 2016
Some of the most vulnerable people in the world, many fleeing the ravages of US-led wars, are bearing the brunt of a brazen repudiation of basic legal and democratic rights.
By Max Newman, 19 October 2016
The Committee on the Rights of the Child described the treatment of children in the Australian-controlled detention centre as “inhumane and degrading.”
By Nick Beams, 18 October 2016
Efforts by Australian politicians to sell their detention model have helped create the conditions where governments around the world are regularly in breach of international law.
By Max Newman, 26 September 2016
At the UN summit, Prime Minister Turnbull urged countries to adopt Australia’s “border protection” regime.
By Mike Head, 16 September 2016
Hanson’s first Senate speech, which was given wall-to-wall media coverage, focused on vilifying Muslims, China and welfare recipients.
By Max Newman, 10 September 2016
Less than 2,000 Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers have been allowed entry since the government’s promise to protect 12,000 people nearly a year ago.
By Max Newman, 29 August 2016
More than 100 ex-staff members have risked lengthy jail sentences to protest against the treatment of asylum seekers incarcerated on remote Pacific islands.
By Max Newman, 16 August 2016
The government and Labor opposition remain committed to punitive “offshore” detention as a means of deterring refugees from trying to reach Australia.
By Max Newman, 8 August 2016
A report targets Ferrovial, a global infrastructure giant, which currently holds the Australian government contract to run the detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
By Mike Head, 5 August 2016
The Australian government has set a brutal model for countries around the world to punish and bar entry to millions of desperate refugees.
By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2016
The feature-length documentary is a harrowing account of the systematic cruelty and de-humanisation of asylum-seekers in Australia’s offshore detention centres.
By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2016
The filmmaker explained to the WSWS why she decided to lift the veil of secrecy on Australia’s offshore refugee detention centres.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 15 July 2016
The shocking consequences for millions of children growing up in war zones can last decades.
By Max Newman, 1 July 2016
Workers and youth must defend the basic rights of asylum seekers as an essential part of the struggle to unify the working class internationally.
By Max Newman, 4 May 2016
The Australian government has labelled the protests as acts of “self-harm” to divert from any examination of why refugees have been driven to such desperate actions.
By Patrick Kelly, 3 May 2016
Amid widespread public outrage, the rally organised in Melbourne on Saturday served as a thinly veiled election campaign event for the Greens.
By Mike Head, 2 May 2016
The refugees remain incarcerated on Manus Island, despite Papua New Guinea’s highest court declaring their detention unconstitutional and ordering their immediate release.
By Mike Head, 28 April 2016
Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruling exposes the unlawful character of the Australian policy of incarcerating asylum seekers on remote islands.
By Max Newman, 23 March 2016
Asylum seekers who have been receiving medical treatment in Australia are threatened with being sent back to Nauru or Manus Island.
By Richard Phillips, 16 March 2016
The state Labor government has seized on police clashes with youth in Melbourne on Saturday to demand greater police powers to “smash gang violence.”
By Max Newman, 7 March 2016
The Australian government is preparing continuous monitoring of immigrants and more severe visa and citizenship tests to block access to permanent residence.
By Mike Head, 13 February 2016
The government’s reaction to the plight of these six Australian children displays its true contempt for the millions of victims of the predatory US-led war in Iraq and Syria.
By Max Newman, 10 February 2016
The report documents Australia’s stripping of asylum seekers of basic democratic rights and the build-up of repressive police powers.
By Mike Head, 9 February 2016
The ruling sets a new global benchmark for the incarceration of innocent and desperate people in what amounts to Guantanamo Bay-style legal black holes.
By Mike Head, 4 February 2016
The decision sets a new global benchmark for the incarceration of men, women and children in conditions that amount to torture.
By Max Newman, 2 February 2016
A paediatrics professor who worked in Nauru has condemned the indefinite detention of asylum seekers as torture, defying the police-state secrecy provisions of the Border Force Act.
By Max Newman, 22 January 2016
Detainees are now being incarcerated for an average 445 days, resulting in severe mental distress.
By Richard Phillips, 12 December 2015
The media has provided blanket coverage of plans for an anti-Islamic rally in Cronulla, where racist mobs attacked Middle Eastern youth in 2005.
By Max Newman, 11 December 2015
As a result of Australia’s “turn back” policy, more than 13,000 asylum seekers are now living in some of Indonesia’s most impoverished provinces.
By Max Newman, 30 November 2015
Asylum seekers who disappeared for a week after being intercepted by the Australian navy were found stricken in a small boat without fuel off the Indonesian coast.
By Max Newman, 28 November 2015
None of the speakers mentioned the direct connection between the refugee crisis and the war drive by the US and its allies, including Australia.
By Max Newman, 14 November 2015
Kyrgyzstan, one of a number of former Soviet Union countries being considered for transferring refugees, ranks among the 50 poorest countries in the world.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 November 2015
Hundreds of long-term residents are being stripped of their visas, and face indefinite detention and deportation.
By Mike Head, 10 November 2015
According to detainees, a confrontation broke out after Iranian refugees demanded answers from security guards, only to be abused and taunted.
By Max Newman, 2 November 2015
The Australian government’s responsibility for the suicides is underscored by the treatment of Khodayar Amini, who set himself alight last month.
By Tom Peters, 26 October 2015
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bluntly rejected a request to end the removal of New Zealand-born Australian residents who have received prison sentences.
By Max Newman, 24 October 2015
In order to prevent a court injunction, the Turnbull government quickly removed a young refugee woman seeking an abortion in Australia.
By Max Newman, 19 October 2015
The Turnbull government claims that Nauru’s new “open centre” model means asylum seekers are no longer “detained.”
By Max Newman, 10 October 2015
Two Manus Island locals accused of murdering Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker Reza Barati have won an order re-opening their trial.
By Max Newman, 28 September 2015
All the circumstances surrounding Ali Jaffari’s death point to the impact of the harsh measures being taken by Australian governments to repel asylum seekers.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 September 2015
The attendance at the vigils highlights the widespread sympathy for refugees among workers, young people, students and others.
By Mike Head, 7 September 2015
As Abbott feigned compassion for the asylum seekers in Europe, he was preparing to extend Australia’s current bombing campaign from Iraq into Syria.
By Max Newman, 7 September 2015
Further evidence reveals inhumane conditions and treatment of refugees in Australia’s illegal offshore processing facilities.
By Mike Head, 31 August 2015
“Operation Fortitude” highlighted the creation of police-state conditions by the Abbott government, with the Labor Party’s bipartisan backing.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 August 2015
The AFP has provided equipment and training to Sri Lanka’s CID, long accused of kidnappings and human rights abuses.
By Mike Head, 23 July 2015
By adopting the Abbott government’s regressive policy, Bill Shorten also sent a wider signal of his determination to shift Labor further to the right across the board.
By Will Morrow, 4 July 2015
The new law makes it a crime, punishable with two years in jail, to publicly reveal information about the conditions in Australia’s refugee detention camps.
By Will Morrow, 2 July 2015
Medical professionals and former staff in Australia’s refugee detention network have challenged the new “Border Force Act.”
By Mike Head, 27 June 2015
Labor helped ram through an anti-refugee bill amid an escalating terrorist fear campaign by the government and the corporate media.
By James Cogan, 17 June 2015
The brutal measures used against refugees are a warning to workers of the anti-democratic methods being prepared against the working class as a whole.