Manus Island

Same-sex marriage 'Yes' vote: High Noon in the Christian religion

<i>'Such is the privilege of the religious conservatives, they feel that disagreement with their beliefs is tantamount to persecution ... Being white,</i> …

Equality

Manus humanitarian crisis a 'damning indictment' of Australia's refugee policy: UNHCR

Refugee agency says situation inside detention centre ‘desperate’ and alternative accommodation ‘profoundly inadequate’ and still not fully constructed<p>The humanitarian crisis on Manus Island is manmade and entirely preventable, the UNHCR has said, labelling it a “damning indictment of a policy …

Refugees

'They say that Manus is hell': seeking salvation among the standoff

Catholic priest Father Clement Taulam and retired army major Michael Kuweh are defying both the PNG and Australian governments<p>The major and the father seek salvation for the refugees of Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.<p>Two Manusian men – Catholic priest Father Clement Taulam and retired army major …

Refugees

Take responsibility for asylum seekers: UN

The situation for hundreds of asylum seekers stranded on a Papua New Guinea island is getting worse every day, a UN refugee official says, urging …

Refugees

Australia Defends Alternative Accommodation for Asylum Seekers Against UN Criticism

<b>Sydney/Geneva:</b> Australia‘s foreign minister said on Wednesday that asylum seekers occupying an abandoned Australian-run detention camp in Papua New …

Refugees

Australia responsible for Manus refugees: UN

‘Love at first sight’: Refugee who met his wife on Manus pleading to stay<p>Refugee Alex Rashid met the love of his life on Manus Island, now he's …

Refugees

Australians of the year make plea for Manus

Former Australians of the year have penned an open letter to Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten urging them to address the 'human disaster' unfolding …

Bill Shorten

Australians of the Year call for doctors to be allowed into former Manus Island detention centre

Twelve former Australians of the Year have written an open letter pleading with the Prime Minister to allow medical professionals access to asylum …

Refugees

Do Australians care more about their phones than refugees on Manus Island?

<i>Even if Australians are actually racist and indifferent to the plight of refugees, pointing this out is hardly likely to win support for the cause,</i></i> …

Richard Di Natale

Man on Manus faces deportation order despite 'real risk' of torture or death

PNG acknowledges risk to asylum seeker’s life if he returns to Iran but man has not been formally recognised as refugee<p>An asylum seeker held on Manus Island – who has collapsed three times this year from an acute heart condition – has now fallen into a legal limbo, simultaneously ordered for …

Refugees

Nauru refugee regime to cost taxpayers $385 million over next 12 months

A Queensland construction firm and Liberal Party donor, picked to run refugee services on Australia's behalf in Nauru, will be paid $385 million by …

Refugees

Perth Glory owner Tony Sage faces grilling over Kupang collapse

And here we were thinking the corporate ref had finally blown the whistle on Kupang Resources, the Indonesian explorer previously run by our …

Business (Australia)

The right balance

It’s certainly a difficult combination to pull off. Malcolm Turnbull, swamped by chaos, has to find a way to convince voters that the ordinary …

Bill Shorten

Bennelong byelection: Greens focus on house prices in bid to unseat Alexander

Richard Di Natale says party will increase vote as candidate Justin Alick attacks ‘failed leadership of Malcolm Turnbull’<p>The Greens’ 2016 candidate in Bennelong, Justin Alick, will recontest the seat in a high-profile byelection against the incumbent Liberal MP, John Alexander.<p>Alick and the federal …

Richard Di Natale

US once locked up white Australian immigrants in 'horror' camps akin to Manus and Nauru

From late 1921 until 1965, US immigration restrictions meant Anglo Australians who were used to crossing borders with ease were instead detained and expelled like hardened criminals<p>Lurking behind the debates about offshore processing lies a little-known historical irony: white Australians were once …

News (U.S.)

Why Western Sydney Voted No To Marriage Equality

I'm sitting in the Queer Room on campus, the morning after the announcement that Australia voted 'Yes'. You're probably imagining a scene of …

Australia

Taxpayers getting royally screwed by Greens' plan to repeal 'excessive' benefit sanctions

Anyone who parents a child should be held financially accountable, Mike Yardley says. (File photo)<p><b>OPINION:</b> To the best of my knowledge, I haven't …

New Zealand News

‘The situation is critical’: cholera fears on Manus as water and medicine run out

Special report: After the wells were poisoned, many of the 400 refugees living in Australia’s former detention centre face life-threatening illnesses<p>The piercing pain in Joinul Islam’s right arm keeps him from sleeping. He can’t bend it to eat properly (to eat with one’s left is considered …

Refugees

Shocking footage reveals refugees living in squalor at former Manus Island detention centre

Filthy blocked toilets, makeshift rainwater collections and men replacing medication with coffee have been documented in shocking new footage and …

Refugees

The onward march towards equality

<b>The marriage equaity battle seems all but won, but the fight for equality in many other areas goes on, writes John Passant.</b><p>What a magnificent and …

Equality

Australia, NZ officials discuss screening for Manus refugees: NZ PM

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand and Australian officials have begun talks about screening processes for asylum seekers who have shut themselves inside a Papua New Guinea detention center, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.<p>Australia has been refusing New Zealand's offer to …

Refugees

Grave fears for Rohingyan refugee injured in Nauru motorbike crash

Refugee advocates say 28-year-old needs urgent surgery and ‘any delay could be a matter of life and death’<p>A refugee living in Australia’s offshore detention centre on Nauru has been seriously injured in a motorbike crash, on the same road where another refugee was killed earlier this month.<p>The …

News

This Woman Gets Death Threats For Her Opinions But She Isn't Going To Stop Expressing Them

Yassmin Abdel-Magied has done what the trolls have been longing for and left Australia. She talks to BuzzFeed News about finding acceptance and solidarity in Britain and why she'll never choose the easy option of keeping quiet.<p>Dressed in an audacious '90s-style jacket and wearing a warm smile, …

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Manus Island: AMA calls on Australia to let doctors help refugees

Australian Medical Association votes unanimously to lobby for access to hundreds in detention centre standoff<p>The Australian Medical Association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers and refugees languishing …

Refugees

Some Nauru staff flown out and more likely to follow, detention sources say

There have been reports that some case managers, sport and recreation staff, and teachers were flown out on Friday with little explanation<p>Staff at the Nauru detention centre have been flown off the island in a confusing and sudden apparent end to their employment, detention sources have said.<p>The …

Refugees

Jammu's first snowfall and other news in pictures

<b>Published at 4 p.m.</b><p>First snowfall in Jammu<p>High-altitude areas in Jammu witnessed the season's first heavy snowfall which led to closure of the Mughal …

Ram Nath Kovind

In Pitch-Perfect Retort, New Zealand PM Told Trump: 'No One Marched When I Was Elected'

Julia Conley, staff writerThe new leader was among the New Zealanders who marched against Trump in January—and she didn't back down when the two …

Liberal View

'We don't want them here if they are unhappy': simmering tensions on Manus Island

Jill and I walk through the town market which has a brand new roof, one of the few infrastructure projects provided to the island by the Australian …

Refugees

meet the politician set to become victoria's first aboriginal voice in parliament

i-D sits down to chat with Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman Lidia Thorpe, ahead of her first foray into state politics.<p>While (most of) Australia celebrates a nationwide vote that found a majority of the country supports gay marriage, we’ve still got a bit to do: Manus Island is a humanitarian disaster, the …

Indigenous Peoples

MP Kelly O'Dwyer's Vic office vandalised

The Melbourne office of federal government frontbencher Kelly O'Dwyer has been plastered with graffiti protesting the treatment of refugees on Manus …