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Paladin: PNG PM calls for briefing, as Labor refers $423m contract to auditor general

Peter O’Neill says he would welcome an investigation by Australian authorities, as Labor cites ‘significant concerns’ with the contractThe Papua New Guinea prime minister, Peter O’Neill, has requested a full briefing on the Paladin affair and said he would “welcome any investigation by Australian authorities”.O’Neill, speaking to local media overnight, said PNG had nothing to do with awarding the Paladin contract and gave no input to the Australian government’s decision. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Labor party, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, PNG, Paladin, O'Neill, Peter O'Neill


Labor refers Paladin to auditor general over controversial $423m contract

Shayne Neumann requests audit after home affairs secretary reveals the ‘urgent circumstances’ that gave rise to the closed tender processLabor has referred $423m of contracts controversially awarded to Paladin companies for security in Papua New Guinea to the auditor general, citing “significant concerns” with the companies.After home affairs testimony in Senate estimates on Tuesday revealed the “urgent circumstances” that gave rise to the closed tender process, Labor’s immigration spokesman, Sh...
Tags: Labor, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Labor party, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, Paladin, Shayne Neumann


Italian senate group votes to block criminal case against Salvini

Rest of senate must choose whether to ratify decision over kidnapping chargesAn Italian parliamentary committee has voted to block a criminal case against Matteo Salvini, the deputy prime minister and interior minister, for refusing to allow migrants to disembark from a rescue ship.Prosecutors in Catania, Sicily, need the backing of parliament to continue investigations against Salvini, who also leads the far-right League party, for alleged abuse of office and kidnapping. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, World news, Migration, Italy, Refugees, The far right, Matteo Salvini, Salvini, Catania Sicily


Sick refugees on Manus and Nauru to be sent to Christmas Island not mainland

Revelation by head of home affairs department comes as Nauru bans medical transfers based on telehealth assessments, threatening to derail new medevac lawsSick people from Manus Island and Nauru will be sent to Christmas Island, not the mainland, under new medevac laws, the head of the home affairs department has revealed.The Nauru government has also passed laws banning medical transfers based on telehealth assessments, threatening to derail the system and potentially breaking international law...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Greens, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Christmas Island, Manus Island, Médecins Sans Frontières, Adam Bandt


Hoda Muthana wants to help US deradicalise others, says lawyer

US woman who fled Isis after being vocal proponent ‘could be useful to protect others’The lawyer for Hoda Muthana, the US woman who fled Islamic State and now wants to return home, has called for her to be a voice of a deradicalisation programme that dissuades others from joining the terror group and counters online manipulation.Hassan Shibly, an attorney who has represent Hoda’s family in the four years since she left her home in Alabama for Syria, says Muthana, 24, is prepared to face the US j...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, US, Alabama, World news, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Hoda, Hassan Shibly, Muthana, Hoda Muthana


Massive deforestation by refugees in Uganda sparks clashes with local people

Communities clash over natural resources as arrivals from South Sudan and DRC plunder environment for fuel and constructionThe cutting down of millions of trees has sparked angry clashes in parts of Uganda between local people and refugees who have been fleeing conflict in neighbouring South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The timber is being used for house construction, fuel and to make charcoal. In the north and west of the country, where an estimated 1.1 million refugees are li...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, Uganda, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Refugees, Global development, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Drc


Human error and outdated IT led to Hakeem al-Araibi's detention, says border force official

Australian Border Force boss Michael Outram admits it was within his own organisation ‘where the process broke down’An individual border force officer forgetting to send an email likely led to the refugee Hakeem al-Araibi spending almost three months in a Thai prison fighting off Bahraini attempts to have him extradited.The head of the Australian Border Force, Michael Outram, told Senate estimates it was within his own organisation “where the process broke down” and al-Araibi was allowed to boar...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Refugees, Bahrain, Border Force, Australian Border Force, Michael Outram, Hakeem al-Araibi, Al Araibi


Agonising hunt by US father for children trapped in Isis enclave

In the Syrian camp where British teenager Shamima Begum was found, a father’s desperately searches for two infants, taken from their Florida home by their mother to join Islamic StateIn late March 2015, Bashiurul Shikder made an urgent call home to ask about his wife and children. The 37-year-old American had just completed a pilgrimage to Mecca and his repeated messages to his wife in Florida had gone unanswered for over a week. Come home, his family told him. They’re in hospital. A short while...
Tags: Florida, Islamic State, US, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Mecca, Shamima Begum, Yusuf, Zahra, Baghuz Continue, Bashiurul Shikder, Shikder


‘We have to try’: the migrants who brave frostbite in a desperate trek over the Alps

As Italy’s laws tighten, more and more arrivals are trying to find a way into France - even via an alpine pass in winterOn Friday morning, as skiers glided under a flawless blue sky down the resplendent slopes of Claviere, a tiny Italian ski resort on the French border, four migrants were contemplating their next move.They had been brought back to the town in the early hours after being intercepted by police while trying to walk into France, knee-deep in snow along a mountain track. Continue rea...
Tags: Europe, France, World news, Migration, Italy, Refugees, Alps, Matteo Salvini


Italy rejects record number of asylum applications

Hardline policies from Italy’s rightwing government having devastating effect on migrantsItaly has rejected a record 24,800 asylum applications in the last four months, and aid groups say hardline policies introduced by the rightwing populist government are beginning to have a devastating effect on migrants in the country.The rejections were up 25% on the previous four months, from June to September 2018, and coincide with the bringing into law of the Salvini decree on immigration, named after t...
Tags: Europe, World news, Migration, Italy, Refugees, Matteo Salvini, Salvini, Five Star Movement


Nauru, Manus and why we need the medevac bill – Australian politics live podcast

As the government continues to frame the passing of the medical evacuation bill as a national security issue, we look at why this legislation is needed to save lives on Nauru and Manus Island. Kon Karapanagiotidis, chief executive of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and Kerryn Phelps, MP for Wentworth, join us to talk about the desperate situation in offshore immigration detention and the details of the legislationCoalition launches sonic boom on border protectionNine facts about the medical e...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Refugees, Nauru, Manus Island, Wentworth, Kerryn Phelps, Nauru Manus, Manus Island Kon Karapanagiotidis, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre


Labor starts fightback on border security as medical evacuation bill passes Senate – as it happened

Labor, the Greens, Tim Storer, Derryn Hinch and the Centre Alliance vote in favour of the refugee transfer legislation. This blog has now closed. Michael Keenan’s office drawn into AWU police raid controversyLabor pushes to refer Tim Wilson to privileges committeeCoalition to reopen Christmas Island detention centre as Senate passes refugee transfer bill 7.30am GMT That is where we will leave you today. It’s been a big week and after the last few days, I think we all need a bex and a lie dow...
Tags: Health, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Australian trade unions, Labor party, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Manus Island


Labor starts fightback on border security as medical evacuation bill passes Senate – politics live

Labor, the Greens, Tim Storer, Derryn Hinch and the Centre Alliance vote in favour of the refugee transfer legislation. All the day’s events, live 5.18am GMT It looks like the government’s big stick energy legislation is coming up for debate tomorrow – and it is possible the Greens have the numbers for an amendment which would stop the government from being able to underwrite funding for coal projects.If it comes off, that would be another defeat. If it comes off. 5.09am GMT Peter Dutton...
Tags: Health, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Manus Island, Greens


Dutton calls Shorten 'reckless' as medical evacuation bill passes Senate – question time live

Labor, the Greens, Tim Storer, Derryn Hinch and the Centre Alliance vote in favour of the refugee transfer legislation. All the day’s events, live 4.11am GMT Scott Morrison calls time on question time. 4.09am GMT The Greens will introduce a motion calling for a Federal Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin plan later this afternoon, but the move is doomed to fail after Labor said it would not support a further inquiry.“We will soon have four extensive pieces of analysis in to th...
Tags: Health, Labor, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Manus Island


Medical evacuation bill passes the Senate by 36 votes to 34 – politics live

Labor, the Greens, Tim Storer, Derryn Hinch and the Centre Alliance vote in favour of the refugee transfer legislation. All the day’s events, live 12.11am GMT Strap in. All the gloves are off.The way @ScottMorrisonMP has behaved over the past 24 hours or so is beyond belief. He is happy to endorse lies, he has encouraged people smugglers to re-start their evil trade, and bullied journalists when they try to pull him up on it. Not fit to be PM of this country. #auspol 12.08am GMT Ayes: 36...
Tags: Health, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Manus Island, Derryn Hinch


‘Fear campaign’: Coalition claims paedophiles on Nauru will get free pass into Australia – politics live

Parties trade blows as Labor pushes for a vote on the medical evacuation bill in the Senate. All the day’s events, live 11.14pm GMT That brings on the bill.Labor is moving that the bill be agreed to without amendment or debate. 11.13pm GMT The vote is won by Labor and the crossbenchAyes: 32 Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Labor, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton


Craig Foster – the man behind Hakeem al-Araibi's remarkable release

Hailed for mobilising the global football family, the SBS commentator now says ‘we are just warming up’On 7 December, 10 days after the Australian refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi was arrested at Bangkok airport, the former Socceroos captain Craig Foster sent a letter to the president and secretary general of Fifa reminding them that they had a human rights policy.“I am sure that all in our global football family are delighted that Fifa have committed to the protection of basic human rights a...
Tags: Australia news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Australia sport, Fifa, Refugees, SBS, Bahrain, Bangkok, Socceroos, Craig Foster, Hakeem al-Araibi


Government loses 'de facto confidence' vote as amended refugee medevac bill passes – politics live

It’s the first time in 90 years that a sitting government has lost a vote on its own legislation. All the updates, live 7.21am GMT It is only the first day of parliament. 7.21am GMT When someone asks you what can Independents do ....Medivac. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Australian economy, Richard Di Natale, Australian Citizenship, Kerryn Phelps


Refugee medical transfer bill could act as 'no confidence' motion, expert says – politics live

Attorney general Christian Porter tells the House of Representatives the bill is unconstitutional. All the updates, live 6.18am GMT Here is what Anne Twomey told Sky a little earlier:Constitutional expert Anne Twomey: If the government asserts this is a money bill and the House votes for that bill, that could be an indication that the government has lost control of Parliament. MORE: https://t.co/qCXdYiVj4C #speers pic.twitter.com/BfzrLYfZMm 6.17am GMT AG Christian Porter is trying to pe...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, House, House Of Representatives, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Australian economy, Richard Di Natale


Government legal advice says medevac bill 'unconstitutional' – politics live

Advice suggests amendments passed last year in the Senate are unconstitutional because they involve spending of money (such bills must come from the House). All the updates, live 5.15am GMT In short... it’s complicated. ...but it also says parliament is ultimately the judge of that. So questionable whether this actually creates a major roadblock #auspol #auslaw pic.twitter.com/IbLLnFxYyz 5.12am GMT Mike Bowers tells me Stuart Robert “is crying” in the House.He’s talking on Labor’s matter...
Tags: Labor, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, House, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Australian economy


Greens back at the bargaining table over medical evacuation bill – question time live

Key crossbencher Kerryn Phelps indicates she would consider Labor’s changes to the medevac legislation. All the updates, live 3.15am GMT It is inching closerIndependent MP Cathy McGowan will be supporting the crossbench medical transfer bill. Statement here: #auspol pic.twitter.com/ol2fAxEZ7M 3.10am GMT Scott Morrison is now moving a motion acknowledging the 10-year anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Cathy McGowan, Australian economy, Richard Di Natale


Hakeem al-Araibi arrives in Australia to hero's welcome

Wife of refugee thanks supporters for helping to secure his release as family call on Bahrain to ‘drop all the fabricated charges’Hakeem al-Araibi has arrived in Melbourne, 77 days after he was arrested in Thailand on an Interpol red notice, drawing global condemnation and a campaign to see him freed.The 25-year-old walked through the gates to cheers and a waiting group of supporters wearing t-shirts emblazoned with his name, as well as a throng of media, friends, and supporters. Continue readin...
Tags: Human Rights, Australia, Football, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Australia sport, Refugees, Melbourne, Bahrain, Interpol, Hakeem al-Araibi


Greens back at the bargaining table over medical evacuation bill – politics live

Key crossbencher Kerryn Phelps indicates she would consider Labor’s changes to the medevac legislation. All the day’s events, live 2.19am GMT I think we have already established that facts don’t seem to matter in this debate one iota. [email protected]_MP on the medivac bill: We’ve watched this show before with Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. They did exactly the same thing. At least Kevin Rudd waited until he got into office before he dismantled … border security measures. MORE: https://t.co/ykwe...
Tags: Labor, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Julia Gillard, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Australian economy


Hakeem al-Araibi’s family express ‘indescribable joy’ at footballer’s release

Wife of refugee thanks supporters for helping to secure his release as family call on Bahrain to ‘drop all the fabricated charges’Hakeem al-Araibi’s family has thanked the international community for securing his release from potential extradition to Bahrain, a country he fled after he was imprisoned and tortured.In a statement provided to Guardian Australia, they said they were “heartened” to see pictures of his release, but urged the world not to turn away from those still unjustly detained in...
Tags: Human Rights, Football, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Australia sport, Refugees, Melbourne, Bahrain, Hakeem al-Araibi


Greens will not support Labor amendments to medical evacuation bill – politics live

Key crossbencher Kerryn Phelps indicates she would consider Labor’s changes to the medevac legislation. All the day’s events, live 12.17am GMT “Unless you’ve actually got a specified figure, you don’t improve the situation, you potentially make it worse,” Richard Di Natale says of the lack of a time figure on the timing of the ministerial approval or rejection.Basically, the Greens want an absolute watertight timeframe put on how long the minister can take to approve or reject a transfer req...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Greens, Australian economy, Richard Di Natale


Medical evacuation bill still alive with Phelps open to amendments – politics live

Key crossbencher Kerryn Phelps indicates she would consider Labor’s changes to the medevac legislation. All the day’s events, live 10.11pm GMT Timing is of the essence with all of this though. There are only two sitting weeks scheduled ahead of the budget. This fortnight is practically it, if there are any changes to be made ahead of the election.Bill Shorten knows it:This issue is capable of resolution. It is possible in Australia to have strong borders without treating people cruelly. It i...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Penny Wong, Phelps, Kerryn Phelps


Myanmar army shelling villages in Rakhine state, rights group told

Crackdown part of intensifying military action in country’s northern state over past monthMyanmar soldiers are shelling villages, detaining civilians and blocking aid as part of a new crackdown in Rakhine state by some of the army units implicated in atrocities against the Rohingya, a rights group says.Villagers and local activists in the northern Myanmar state have told Amnesty International that artillery or mortar shells are being fired in the vicinity of townships and people are returning to...
Tags: World news, South and Central Asia, Refugees, Amnesty International, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Rohingya, Rakhine


When Angela Merkel upset Donald Tusk over immigration

New BBC documentary reveals European Council president’s anger when German chancellor had private talks with TurkeyDonald Tusk was enraged when Angela Merkel held private talks with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees and migrants into the European Union, warning the plan would be “a catastrophe”, a new documentary reveals.“I couldn’t believe it was true. These were my closest partners,” Tusk tells a BBC2 documentary, Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil, about the migration crisis to be aired on...
Tags: Europe, Angela Merkel, European Union, World news, Turkey, Bbc, Refugees, Tusk, Donald Tusk, European Council, TurkeyDonald Tusk


Franco refugees still haunted by the past: ‘We were cold, hungry and scared’

Half a million people fled Spain in 1939, only to be interned for years in harsh French camps. Survivors now tell of the misery of the Retirada, 80 years agoIt is 80 years since one of Europe’s worst – and least known – refugee crises, but memories of the Retirada (or withdrawal) are still vivid for Madeleine Morena. Her family were among 500,000 Spaniards who fled across the eastern Pyrenees to France when Barcelona fell to Franco’s forces near the end of the Spanish civil war on 26 January 193...
Tags: Europe, France, Spain, Barcelona, World news, Second world war, Refugees, Franco, Francisco Franco, Puigcerdà, Retirada, Madeleine Morena, Prats de Mollo, Le Perthus, L'Indépendant


‘You’re lucky to get paid at all’: how African migrants are exploited in Italy | Hsiao-Hung Pai

Under the baking sun, workers toil for €2 an hour. And the country’s hard-right authorities keep turning the screwThe dawn was about to break as I arrived, with a team of workers in the farmer’s van, at the vast fields that stretch out for miles around Campobello, the “handsome fields”, in western Sicily. Everyone got out, and immediately started to work on their line of olive trees. It would take the team several weeks to harvest them. Related: ‘Migrants are more profitable than drugs’: how t...
Tags: Europe, Africa, World news, Poverty, Farming, Migration, Italy, Agriculture, Refugees, Employment law, Sicily, Campobello, Hsiao Hung Pai