Australian Immigrant and Refugee Issues
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.
By James Cogan, 16 June 2015
What has risen to the surface is just one aspect of the ruthless and criminal policy of “border protection.”
By James Cogan, 15 June 2015
Indonesian police are investigating the allegations, which legal experts believe could be violations of Australian, Indonesian and international law.
By James Cogan, 13 June 2015
The issue of stopping “people smugglers” is at the very core of Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott’s prime ministership.
By Mike Head, 3 June 2015
The near-tragedy of a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers is another damning indictment of the Australian government’s anti-refugee policy.
By Mike Head, 22 April 2015
Canberra’s violation of the basic legal and democratic right of refugees to seek asylum has reached a new level.
By Will Morrow, 20 February 2015
Prime Minister Abbott vilified the Human Rights Commission over its report on children incarcerated in refugee detention centres in breach of international conventions.
By Mike Head, 5 February 2015
The ruling gives a green light to the bipartisan drive to go to ever-greater lengths to stop all asylum seekers entering Australia.
By Will Morrow, 20 January 2015
The Abbott government hailed the repression of asylum seekers by security forces on Manus Island.
By Will Morrow, 17 January 2015
The protest reportedly involves over 400 of the 1,053 detainees.
By Terry Cook, 19 December 2014
The Abbott government has thumbed its nose at a UN committee report finding that the country’s refugee system could violate the Convention Against Torture.
By Patrick Kelly, 17 December 2014
Evidence suggests that the government provoked protests at the detention centre, then violently suppressed them as a means of deterring refugees from trying to reach Australia.
By Mike Head, 5 December 2014
Naval personnel testify that captains received instructions direct from Canberra not to assist stricken boats, leaving the passengers to perish.
By Mike Head, 1 October 2014
New legislation will allow asylum seekers to be deported irrespective of Australia’s “non-refoulement obligations.”
By Mike Head, 27 September 2014
An unknown number of people, starting with those detained on Nauru, will be consigned to one of the poorest countries on earth.
By Terry Cook, 6 September 2014
The tragic death of Hamid Kehazaei, a young Iranian, is a direct outcome of Canberra’s brutal detention of refugees.
By Mike Head, 29 July 2014
The asylum seekers will now be interrogated by consular officials from India, the very country they fled about six weeks ago.
By Mike Head, 19 July 2014
Imprisonment in these inhuman conditions is clearly in violation of international law.
By Mike Head, 12 July 2014
As immigration minister Morrison praised President Rajapakse’s government, 153 Tamil asylum seekers remained incarcerated on an Australian Customs vessel.
By Will Morrow, 9 July 2014
The bill seeks to reinstate a Labor government policy to permit the expulsion of asylum seekers who confront a distinct risk of being tortured.
By the Socialist Equality Parties of Sri Lanka and Australia, 8 July 2014
The Socialist Equality parties of Australia and Sri Lanka call on working people in both countries and internationally to oppose the joint military operation in the Indian Ocean.
By Mike Head, 4 July 2014
The forced transfer of asylum seekers to the Sri Lankan navy is an attack on basic democratic rights, as well as a blatant violation of international law.
By Mike Head, 2 July 2014
If confirmed, the forced transfer of asylum seekers to the military forces whose violence they are fleeing will be a flagrant violation of the international Refugee Convention.
By Mike Head, 20 June 2014
The judges rubberstamped legislation introduced by the previous Labor government to remove any requirement to adhere to the international Refugee Convention.
By Alan Leigh, 17 June 2014
Security guards broke up an extended protest by asylum seekers detained on Christmas Island.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 May 2014
An official report into the death of an Iranian asylum-seeker and the serious injury of others in the Manus Island camp exonerates the Australian government and its agencies.
By Mike Head, 27 May 2014
Plans are underway to send asylum seekers, currently detained in an Australian-controlled camp on Nauru, to be “re-settled” in Cambodia.
By Alan Leigh, 19 April 2014
The denial of access to legal aid escalates the government’s drive to coerce asylum seekers to abandon their refugee applications.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 March 2014
The brutal treatment of refugees is a sharp warning of the police-state measures being prepared against the working class as a whole.
By Patrick O’Connor, 8 March 2014
After initially lying that no violence occurred within the Manus detention camp, Prime Minister Abbott and Immigration Minister Morrison are proceeding with an abject whitewash.
By Richard Phillips, 6 March 2014
Australian and international artists protest over Canberra’s incarceration and brutal treatment of refugees.
By Mike Head, 27 February 2014
The government is intending to whitewash the assault on refugees, while exploiting the death and injuries to deter asylum seekers from trying to reach Australia.
By Patrick O’Connor, 24 February 2014
The shifting official version of events is further evidence of a cover up of what initial witness accounts indicate was state sanctioned violence.
By Patrick O’Connor, 22 February 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has effectively welcomed the killing of a 23-year-old refugee as a “deterrent” to others thinking about seeking asylum in Australia.
By Mike Head, 8 February 2014
The government and the corporate media are seeking to create an atmosphere of wartime-like censorship.
By Will Morrow, 8 February 2014
Sailors intentionally held the hands of asylum seekers over hot engine pipes as punishment for their protests against lack of access to the toilet.
By Mark Church, 3 February 2014
Despite the Abbott government’s military secrecy, reports are starting to surface of asylum seekers being beaten, pepper-sprayed and handcuffed to force them back to Indonesia.
By Mike Head, 18 January 2014
Canberra’s admission that Australian ships entered Indonesian territorial waters has fueled the diplomatic row between the two countries.
By Mark Church, 10 January 2014
Canberra’s policy is threatening hundreds of lives and fuelling tensions with the Indonesian government.
By Mike Head, 24 December 2013
A 92-page “letter of concern” sheds further light on the inhuman conditions in the country’s detention facilities.
By Mark Church, 12 December 2013
There is a bipartisan policy in Canberra of using indefinite detention in primitive conditions to deter all refugees from seeking asylum in Australia.
By Mike Head, 12 November 2013
The conflicts over refugees are bound up with wider strategic questions, provoked by the Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia, directed against China.
By Mike Head, 4 November 2013
Since the election there has been a concerted cover-up of what is happening to the victims of the anti-refugee regime.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 September 2013
The accounts again raise the question as to whether Canberra allowed the drownings in order to deter other asylum seekers.
By Peter Symonds, 28 September 2013
Jakarta’s opposition to Canberra’s naval operations to halt refugee boats is bound up with broader concerns over Australia’s close alignment with Obama’s “pivot to Asia.”
By Mark Church, 21 September 2013
“Operation Sovereign Borders” places the military in control of not just turning back refugee boats, but of 15 civilian agencies involved in immigration control.
By our reporters, 11 September 2013
Voters spoke to WSWS reporters outside election polling stations last Saturday, voicing their hostility to the Labor Party and the entire election campaign.
By Will Marshall, 26 August 2013
Thousands joined protests in Australian capital cities against the brutal anti-refugee policies of the Labor government and opposition Coalition.
By Mike Head, 23 August 2013
The ruling effectively gives governments and employers carte blanche to sack workers for expressing political views.
By Mike Head, 21 August 2013
The Coalition’s plan to end all court appeals marks a new step in the flouting of fundamental democratic and legal rights.
By Alex Messenger, 9 August 2013
Refugees cannot be genuinely protected and settled in PNG, given the extraordinary levels of poverty that beset most of the country’s people.
By our correspondents, 5 August 2013
Students and youth, outraged by the sheer brutality of Labor’s policies, made up a significant proportion of the demonstrations.
By Patrick O’Connor, 2 August 2013
The reactionary “border protection” campaign is aimed at creating a massive political diversion from the real issues confronting the working class.
By Oliver Campbell, 30 July 2013
At demonstrations in Australia’s main cities last weekend, workers, students and youth expressed outrage at the Labor government’s brutal treatment of people fleeing oppression.
By Patrick O’Connor, 26 July 2013
The Labor government and the opposition coalition are coordinating an assault on basic democratic and legal rights, which is ultimately directed not at refugees but at the entire working class.
By James Cogan, 25 July 2013
Labor’s policy is based upon maintaining a detention regime that drives refugees into insanity, self-harm and suicide.
By Mike Head, 22 July 2013
Asylum seekers will be transported to primitive detention camps in Papua New Guinea—one of the world’s most impoverished countries.
By Mark Church and Mike Head, 17 July 2013
The latest tragedies underscore the human cost of the Labor government’s escalating measures to stop asylum seekers.
By Patrick O’Connor, 9 July 2013
Both the Labor and Liberal parties are mounting a xenophobic scare campaign for the forthcoming election, in order to erect an impenetrable barrier to refugees seeking to flee persecution.
By Mike Head, 4 July 2013
Rudd is seeking to outdo Liberal leader Tony Abbott’s reactionary promise to “Stop the boats.”
By Mike Head—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 15 June 2013
Like its counterparts around the world, the Australian political establishment is scapegoating asylum seekers.
By Mark Church, 11 June 2013
The disaster has raised further questions about the Australian government’s anti-refugee policy.
By Mark Church, 10 May 2013
The government has vowed to continue its “Pacific Solution” and imprisonment of children despite the medically unsafe and inhuman conditions.
By Mark Church, 23 April 2013
Under the Labor government, more than 800 asylum seekers have drowned at sea while attempting to reach Australia.
By Mark Church, 18 April 2013
Prime Minister Gillard has defended the powers of the domestic intelligence agency, which are being used to keep 55 refugees in indefinite detention.
By Peter Symonds, 13 April 2013
The unstated purpose of Australia’s Border Protection Command is to monitor key Asian shipping lanes as part of the US preparations for war against China.
By Mike Head, 12 April 2013
Hundreds of refugees are leaving because of severe economic hardship and repression by the Sri Lankan government and the military.