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How Australia ended up taking in Rwandans accused of killing tourists

Australia’s government faces questions over secret deal with US in which the men were granted humanitarian visasJust hours out from a federal election, the Australian government is facing questions over its decision to grant humanitarian visas to two Rwandan men accused of the brutal 1999 murder of tourists in Uganda.The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has said that the men were subject to – and cleared – security checks, and on Friday distanced himself further by suggesting the appro...
Tags: Australia, Africa, US, Australia news, US news, Australian immigration and asylum, Uganda, Migration, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Rwanda, Australian election 2019


'We saw humanity': a Chinese student on the day Bob Hawke wept over Tiananmen

Ai Ling Zhou was 25 when Hawke allowed her and thousands of other Chinese students to stay in Australia after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. On the day after Hawke’s death, her son Naaman Zhou asked her to look backA lot of people wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Bob Hawke. They would be, like my mother was in 1989 as she watched the TV, somewhere unknown. Somewhere between unmoored and trapped, feeling sick to the stomach.Like many Chinese-Australians, Ai Ling Zhou was here on a student v...
Tags: Australia, China, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Bob Hawke, Tiananmen Square protests 1989, Hawke, Tiananmen Square, Tiananmen, Naaman Zhou, Ling Zhou


Morrison knew in 2016 of Australia's resettlement of Rwandans accused of killings

Exclusive: US advice was that the men, who have refugee status and were accused of murdering tourists in Uganda in 1999, presented no security threatThe national security committee of cabinet was briefed about all aspects of the American refugee swap deal in late 2016, including the resettlement of two Rwandan men accused of murdering tourists in Uganda.Guardian Australian understands the NSC was briefed, and the then treasurer, Scott Morrison, the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, and the fo...
Tags: Australia, Africa, US, Barack Obama, Australia news, US news, Australian immigration and asylum, Uganda, Migration, Coalition, Australian politics, Julie Bishop, Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Dutton, Rwanda


Federal election 2019: Bill Shorten says Labor will take climate 'emergency' seriously – as it happened

Scott Morrison evades questions over suspected murderers allowed into Australia. This blog has now closed 7.56am BST With the campaigns on the move, we might put the blog to bed. It’s got a big day tomorrow. And an early one.Both leaders will be on 7.30 tonight, and you can pop back here for the news take afterwards. 7.37am BST Speaking of the Greens, Adam Bandt has responded to Bill Shorten’s use of “emergency” in relation to climate today in his final campaign speech:Bill, taking the c...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Bill, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Australian economy, Adani


Federal election 2019: Bill Shorten says Labor will take climate 'emergency' seriously – politics live

Scott Morrison evades questions over suspected murderers allowed into Australia. All the day’s events, live 6.12am BST On the Politico Europe story, which Scott Morrison all but confirmed at the National Press Conference (although not much else) Chris Bowen says:To be honest, I have seen social media reports. That is the full extent of my knowledge. Obviously, this needs to be thoroughly explained by the government and if there is a change of government I would expect a new government to see...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Australian economy, East West Link


Federal election 2019: Morrison evades questions over suspected murderers allowed into Australia – politics live

Scott Morrison says ‘national security is always the centre of character checks’ when asked how two Rwandans charged with murder were brought in under US swap. Meanwhile, Australian unemployment climbs to 5.2%. All the day’s events, live 5.13am BST Update on the Mark Bouris robo-call from Christopher Knaus:Prominent businessman Mark Bouris has breached electoral laws by robo-calling voters to warn them against voting for Labor, the electoral watchdog said on Thursday.Voters across the countr...
Tags: Labor, Australia, US, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Australian economy


Federal election 2019: Australian unemployment climbs to 5.2% – politics live

ABS data shows seasonally adjusted joblessness worse than expected, ticking up 0.1% to 5.2%. Meanwhile, Labor leads in final polling before election day. All the day’s events, live 4.15am BST Question: Prime Minister, you have said that you would lead your party from the middle, from the centre. Climate change has divided the Liberal Party for 10 years and there are lots of people who would like to see the government do more than meet its 26 to 28% emissions reduction targets. I would like t...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Australian economy, Morrison, LNP, Michael McCormack, Meanwhile Labor


Australia resettled two Rwandans accused of murder in secret deal with US - reports

Government accepted two men who could not be tried in the US, at the same time as protesting medevac bill would leave Australia powerless to prevent ‘murderers’ arriving from offshore detention The Australian government has reportedly resettled as humanitarian migrants two Rwandan men who had been charged with murder, on request from the US government. Under the secret deal, reported by US outlet Politico on Thursday, Australia accepted Leonidas Bimenyimana and Gregoire Nyaminani, essentially as...
Tags: Australia, Politico, US, Australia news, US news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Australian politics, Nauru, Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Manus Island, Rwanda, Australian election 2019, Leonidas Bimenyimana


Australia resettled two Rwandans accused of murder in deal with US

Government accepted two men who could not be tried in the US, at the same time as protesting medevac bill would leave Australia powerless to prevent ‘murderers’ arriving from offshore detention The Australian government has resettled as humanitarian migrants two Rwandan men who had been charged with murder, on request from the US government. Under the secret deal, reported by US outlet Politico on Thursday, Australia accepted Leonidas Bimenyimana and Gregoire Nyaminani, essentially as refugees, ...
Tags: Australia, Politico, US, Australia news, US news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Australian politics, Refugees, Nauru, US immigration, Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Manus Island, Rwanda


Federal election 2019: report Australia took two suspected murderers as part of refugee swap with US – politics live

Two Rwandans charged with the murder of eight tourists were reportedly brought to Australia last November. Meanwhile, Labor still leads in final polling before election day. All the day’s events, live 2.02am BST The Macquarie poll has dropped, with Galaxy putting Labor ahead at 53% to 47%, which would show Labor holding the seat quite comfortably 2.00am BST Over at The Conversation, Martin O’Brien, a lecturer in economics at the University of Wollongong, has looked at whether or not cut...
Tags: Labor, Australia, US, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Australian economy, Macquarie


There's no such thing as an Aboriginal 'alien' – and the high court should say so | Micah Kickett and Julian R Murphy

Deporting Indigenous peoples strips them of their identity and right to country and devalues their cultural obligations and responsibilitiesAboriginal people have occupied the continent of Australia for more than 60,000 years, so why does the Australian government feel justified imprisoning them in immigration detention centres and threatening them with deportation?Australia’s indefinite detention of asylum seekers in inhumane conditions has long been a public concern, but only recently have we ...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Indigenous Australians, Law (Australia


Federal election 2019: high-income taxpayers would receive more than $88bn under Coalition plan – politics live

ABC Fact Check finds Labor’s $77bn tax figure an ‘underestimate’. Tanya Plibersek raises Malaysia solution in asylum seeker comments. All the day’s events live 7.21am BST Penny Wong was in Brisbane with Bill Shorten today and addressed that moment at the end of the South Australian Press Club discussion, when she did not shake Simon Birmingham’s hand, after Birmingham brought up Paul Keating’s comments about China:I just want to make this clear – I will always look to Australia’s national in...
Tags: Labor, Australia, China, Australia news, Iran, Australian immigration and asylum, Malaysia, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Australian media, Brisbane, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Birmingham


Family who faced deportation from Australia because of deaf son granted permanent residency

Last-minute reprieve granted to Bhutanese family, whose 18-year-old son was previously deemed a ‘cost’ to taxpayersJangchu Pelden is unable to hold back the tears.Just over 24 hours ago she found out her family, from Bhutan, had been granted permanent residency in Australia after a lengthy legal battle. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Disability, Migration, Australian politics, New South Wales, Bhutan, Deafness And Hearing Impairment


Almost half of Australians believe immigration should be reduced, poll finds

Survey results raise concerns about the extent of the impact of anti-immigration rhetoric in Australia’s public debateAlmost half of Australians believe immigration should be reduced but more people are broadly positive than negative towards the largest cohorts of migrants, including skilled workers and refugees, according to a new global survey shared exclusively with Guardian Australia.The poll of more than 25,000 people in 23 countries found that in Australia the strongest negativity was rese...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum


Nauru contract standoff causes chaos and confusion as refugee services left in limbo

Island’s government extends Canstruct’s contract at 11th hour but not before asylum seekers were told to clear out A refusal by Nauru to agree to a contract extension until the 11th hour has caused chaos and confusion on the island, after refugees and asylum seekers were told to clear out of the processing centre and warned healthcare may stop.Australia and Nauru have been working towards Nauru taking over contracts to provide welfare and garrison service to the 400 or so asylum seekers and refu...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Refugees, Nauru, Canstruct


Shorten pledges billions for seniors’ dental bills, childcare and educators’ wage rise

Labor leader vows to ‘build Medicare’ as Scott Morrison announces plan to freeze refugee intake Bill Shorten has unveiled three big-spending policies to invest $2.4bn in seniors’ dental care, $4bn to provide cheaper childcare for families and to boost early childhood educators’ pay by 20%.Shorten made the promises that Labor will “build Medicare” and expand social services to win the 2019 election on a positive platform of “hope over fear, vision over cynicism” at a quasi campaign launch at the ...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Medicare Australia, Childcare Australia, Australian election 2019


Partner of refugee who set himself on fire on Nauru sues Australian government

Omid Masoumali died in April 2016 after it took 31 hours for him to be treated at a specialist burns unitThe partner of Omid Masoumali, the Iranian refugee who set himself on fire on Nauru, is suing the Australian government for negligence and failing to provide adequate medical care for her husband.Masoumali died in April 2016 after it took 31 hours for him to be treated at a specialist burns unit. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Queensland, Brisbane, Victoria, Nauru


Nauru denies former president's claim offshore detention deal led to corruption

Claims the deal with Australia ‘turned our country upside down’ are ‘pure fiction’, government saysThe government of Nauru has branded claims by its former president that the country’s offshore detention deal with Australia had led to corruption and greed on the island “pure fiction”.Sprent Dabwido, who was president of Nauru from 2011 to 2013, recently gave an interview in Australia, where he is living out his final days with terminal cancer. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Nauru


Nauru former president regrets signing offshore processing deal with Julia Gillard

Sprent Dabwido is in Australia, having sought asylum to receive treatment for terminal cancerThe former president of Nauru has said he regrets signing a deal with Julia Gillard to establish offshore processing on his island almost seven years ago, which he said led to refugee deaths in the detention centre.Sprent Dabwido is in Australia, having sought asylum himself, and is receiving treatment for terminal cancer. He told Ten’s The Project he had been given just days or weeks to live. Continue r...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Refugees, Julia Gillard, Nauru, Sprent Dabwido


Former Nauru president regrets signing offshore processing deal with Julia Gillard

Sprent Dabwido is in Australia, having sought asylum to receive treatment for terminal cancerThe former president of Nauru has said he regrets signing a deal with Julia Gillard to establish offshore processing on his island almost six years ago, which he said led to refugee deaths in the detention centre.Sprent Dabwido is in Australia, having sought asylum himself to receive treatment for terminal cancer. He told Ten’s the Project he had been given just days or weeks to live. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Julia Gillard, Nauru, Sprent Dabwido


Have we, Australia, become a country that breeds mass murderers with our words? | Richard Flanagan

We are better than our politicians’ dark fears. We are not their hate. We are optimistic about a country built on opennessI have only ever heard Behrouz Boochani’s voice through speakers. One day, he will stand here before us, and we will hear and see him in the flesh. As a free human being. And I am here today to say that day is coming.Because change is coming. You can feel it, you sense it. It is coming and it will not be denied. But it needs us to fight for it and to keep fighting for it, and...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Migration, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Nauru, Scott Morrison, Manus Island, Richard Flanagan, Reza Barati, Manus, Behrouz Boochani


Australian worker on Manus charged with sexual offences against two PNG women

Department of Home Affairs has indicated it could direct government contractor Paladin to take action against the manAn Australian man employed by Paladin, the government’s contractor on Manus Island, has been charged with sexual offences against two Papua New Guinean women.The 59-year-old employee from Brisbane was arrested on 3 April and appeared in court in Lorengau on Wednesday for a committal hearing on the two charges. On Friday, he appeared before a magistrate who adjourned until next mon...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Brisbane, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, Department of Home Affairs, PNG, Lorengau, Paladin


Scott Morrison defends spending $185m reopening Christmas Island centre

PM attempts to justify reopening detention centre – which has not taken in a single refugee – by saying it is a deterrent Scott Morrison has defended only to shut it down again.The prime minister said the resurrected facility, which has not taken in a single refugee since reopening six weeks ago, was doing its job. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Christmas Island


Christmas Island: more than 150 staff are guarding zero detainees, senators told

Detention centre reopened less than two months ago after parliament passed the medical evacuation lawThe federal government is paying more than 150 security staff and health workers to guard zero detainees on Christmas Island, the home affairs department has confirmed.It came amid revelations that more than 500 people had resettled in the US and more than half of the remaining offshore refugee and asylum seeker population were currently in Australia. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, US, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Nauru, Christmas Island, Manus Island


Only one person has been transferred under medevac law, refugee advocates say

As the new process for bringing sick refugees to Australia faces unexplained delays, others who have come are being held under guard in hotelsMore than a month after the medevac bill passed the Australian parliament, just one person is believed to have been transferred under the law.The Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force refuse to say how many transfers have occurred, but according to advocates and detainees only one of more than 25 people brought to Australia for treatment i...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Nauru, Manus Island, Department of Home Affairs


Penny Wong warns racism and hate speech in parliament threaten democracy

Labor senator says those who ‘see political or commercial advantage in heightening cynicism’ are diminishing civic lifePenny Wong will say that “racism is a threat to our democracy” in a speech taking aim at those who see “political or commercial advantage” in increased cynicism towards public institutions.The Labor senator is set to warn that hate speech and extremist views in parliament and a “lack of unity in response to these” have harmed democracy, pointing the finger in part at the Coaliti...
Tags: Labor, Race, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Penny Wong, Wong, Pauline Hanson, One Nation, Fraser Anning, Christchurch shooting


Onshore detention centres set for Senate scrutiny after video revelations

Guardian Australia revealed guards’ alleged use of excessive force and a history of complaints being ‘shut down’Australia’s onshore detention centres will be a focus of the Senate’s budget estimates hearings next month, following revelations of alleged mistreatment and complaint coverups within the facilities.The federal opposition has called for the immigration minister to take seriously his duty of care for people in onshore detention centres. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Senate, Serco, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Australian politics, Labor party, Australian Greens, Kerryn Phelps


Judge Sandy Street criticised for 'professional discourtesy' in asylum seeker case

Street took 75 days to give written reasons for judgment when applicant had only 21 days to appeal The federal court has again criticised the controversial judge Alexander “Sandy” Street, after he again failed to publish reasons for a decision in time for an asylum seeker to appeal.Street, who sits on the federal circuit court, took 75 days to publish written reasons for a judgment he delivered orally in Sydney in July, dismissing an application by the Iranian asylum seeker for a review of a vis...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Migration, Sydney, Alexander, Sandy, Sandy Street, Law (Australia


Judge Sandy Street criticised again by federal court over asylum case

Street took 75 days to give written reasons for judgment when applicant had only 21 days to appeal The federal court has again criticised the controversial judge Alexander “Sandy” Street, after he again failed to publish reasons for a decision in time for an asylum seeker to appeal.Street, who sits on the federal circuit court, took 75 days to publish written reasons for a judgment he delivered orally in Sydney in July, dismissing an application by the Iranian asylum seeker for a review of a vis...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Migration, Sydney, Alexander, Sandy, Sandy Street, Law (Australia


Christchurch changes the dynamics of the next Australian election irrevocably | Peter Lewis

The mosque attack demands a level of collective empathy that renders a divisive medevac fear campaign counterproductiveIt was two nights before the massacre of 50 worshippers in a Christchurch mosque, and the focus group of swinging voters in suburban Brisbane I conducted was scratching its collective head.Asked to identify which politicians were responsible for a series of incendiary public comments around recently passed medical evacuation (medevac) laws, they were sure they had been asked a t...
Tags: Race, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, New Zealand, Brisbane, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Christchurch, Peter Lewis, One Nation, Essential poll, Jacinda Ardern, Christchurch shooting