Category Archives: Australia

Legal challenge for offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru

Legal challenge for offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru Date March 1, 2015 Chris Vedelago The Abbott government’s offshore refugee policy is facing a new legal challenge that seeks to hold the Commonwealth legally responsible for conditions in … Continue reading

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Aussie mercenary killed fighting IS

Aussie mercenary killed fighting IS Herald-Sun By Lanai Scarr 27 February 2015 AUSTRALIA’S first fatality in the fight against Islamic State feared he would face 10 years in jail and be treated with the same contempt as the death cult … Continue reading

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DFAT spends quarter of a billion guarding foreign embassies

DFAT spends quarter of a billion guarding foreign embassies February 23, 2015 – 12:15AM Philip Dorling Mercenaries don’t come cheap.  The Australian government has spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars on private military contractors to protect high risk … Continue reading

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Serco ‘in control’ at Yongah Hill detention centre despite claims from asylum seekers

Serco ‘in control’ at Yongah Hill detention centre despite claims from asylum seekers Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News By Nicolas Perpitch 13 February 2015 The Immigration Department says contractor Serco is in complete control of Western Australia’s Yongah Hill detention … Continue reading

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Manus workers on wrong visas

Perspective Manus workers on wrong visas The Australian Financial Review By Lisa Murray and Angus Grigg 7 February 2015 Detention centre Under pressure to complete Manus Island staff accommodation, contractors continued to work with incorrect visas, reveal Lisa Murray and … Continue reading

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Government spends $1.2 billion on offshore processing centres in one year

Government spends $1.2 billion on offshore processing centres in one year February 5, 2015 Sarah Whyte   Immigration correspondent Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says it is shocking that Australian taxpayers are paying for people to be detained by the government. Photo: … Continue reading

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Shipment of ‘Freedom’ brand muesli bars worth $30,000 rejected by Manus Island detention centre operators

Shipment of ‘Freedom’ brand muesli bars worth $30,000 rejected by Manus Island detention centre operators Updated Thu at 9:10pmThu 29 Jan 2015, 9:10pm Photo: A shipment of Freedom Foods muesli bars were rejected after delivery to the Australian-run Manus Island … Continue reading

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Serco wins 5-year Australian immigration contract

Serco wins 5-year Australian immigration contract 22 January 2015 The company that runs Australia’s immigration detention centres has been awarded a further five-year contract, despite concerns about its conduct at centres it currently manages. Serco, which has been operating the … Continue reading

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Private jails much cheaper, says SERCO

Private jails much cheaper, says SERCO Daniel Emerson and Amanda Banks January 19, 2015, 5:17 am Privatisation has shaved 20 to 30 per cent off British Government jail costs, multinational operator Serco told a WA Government inquiry into the efficiency … Continue reading

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Courts security left to chance

News Courts security left to chance Daily Telegraph EXCLUSIVE: AMY DALE CHIEF COURT REPORTER 13 January 2015 CUTS to the number of court sheriffs in NSW have meant their role is now being filled by private contractors who do not … Continue reading

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