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Offshore processing, gay marriage and youth justice: the human rights wrap up

By Eva Csik

Offshore processing bill passes Senate The Senate has passed legislation which allows the offshore processing of asylum seekers who come to Australia by boat. The Government has said it is looking at getting the processing centres up and running on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island within a month. Gavin Marshall, a factional colleague […]

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CHILDREN’S RIGHTS, TAMIL ASYLUM SEEKER DEPORTED & DISABILITY INSURANCE: THE HUMAN RIGHTS WRAP UP

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

Government fails on child rights The Australian Human Rights Commission has found that Australia’s treatment of suspected people smugglers who said that they were children has breached international human rights law in a report released on Friday.  The report An age of uncertainty reveal that between 2008 and 2011 Australian authorities gave little consideration to […]

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CULTURAL DIVERSITY, NAMING & SHAMING & ABORIGINAL Community’s CALL FOR HELP: THE HUMAN RIGHTS WRAP UP

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

21 July 2012 Cultural Diversity and child protection A review of  Available research literature  into the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) as well as refugee families in the Australian Child Protection System (CPS) has been published. The paper looks into what areas still require research in order to meet the needs of migrants […]

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Trafficking, mental disorder & sexual abuse in the ADF: The Human Rights Wrap Up

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

14 July 2012 Vulnerable young women subject to trafficking in Queensland mining towns According to the The Age, vulnerable young women from Southeast Asia are being trafficked for sex in booming mining towns in Queensland. Mount Isa police district Inspector Paul Biggin has said that women and girls who can speak minimal or no English, […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

29 June 2012 No clear end to the asylum seeker policy debate Last week’s asylum seeker boat tragedy reignited the debate around border protection policies. After much debate Rob Oakeshott’s bill, calling for a revival of offshore processing, has been rejected by 39 votes to 29. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that she was willing […]

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Solutions and Solutions: The Proposed Amendments to the Migration Act Explained

By John Alizzi

On Wednesday night, 27 June 2012, a Private Member’s Bill to amend the Migration Act proposed by Independent Member of Parliament Rob Oakeshott passed the Lower House of Parliament after an extended and emotional debate. The drama in the House of Representative is the latest in an ongoing story, brought to a head by the news […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

22 June 2012 Asylum seekers caught in treacherous conditions A boat carrying approximately 200 asylum seekers was caught in rough conditions and capsized approximately 110 nautical miles from Indonesia. The Hon. Jason Clare MP spoke about the search and rescue operation in a press conference this morning and stated that of the approximately 200 people […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

15 June 2012 Large numbers of people with a disability subject to chemical restraint The Age has reported that more than 1800 people with a disability were drugged for the purposes of controlling their behaviour in 2011. A report by the Office of the Senior Practitioner released this week identified that the use of ‘chemical […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

8 June 2012 Australians is support of protection for whistleblowers A recent poll has shown Australians are very much in support of protecting whistleblowers and their right to go to the media. This finding debunks the notion that Australians dislike “dobbers” and calls for the federal government to introduce promised legislation to safeguard whistleblowers. Independent […]