Detention

Paying for stopping the boats

29th April 2016

This week we learnt that the human rights protection for asylum seekers in our former colony Papua New Guinea are more protected by the PNG constitution than they would be in Australia.

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Melbourne medicos bring detained children into the light

13th October 2015

When the government introduced Operation Sovereign Borders in 2013, one of the key planks of the policy was secrecy. To ensure the success of the new bipartisan policy of inhumanity, it was seen as important that no-one could put faces and stories to those on the receiving end — and thereby realise the horror and illegality behind what was being perpetrated, or feel empathy for the victims.

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My freedom, what does it mean to me?

4th May 2015

I appreciated listening to their stories about family, their country, their landing on Christmas Island and their day-to-day life in the centre. I took men out of the centre three afternoons a week. They enjoyed experiencing the beauty of the island, finding coconuts and mangoes, sitting watching the ocean and families swimming, and observing the navy boat keeping guard.

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End Child Detention Coalition expresses deep concern over children in detention report

11th February 2015

“The report shows the effects of detention cause despair, anxiety and depression in children. And the effects last long after children are released into the community,”

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Disturbing report on children in detention presents opportunity for change

11th February 2015

“These findings are extremely disturbing and prove what human rights groups and mental health professionals have been telling the government for years: that detention is a dangerous place and is harmful to children.”

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Fun at Featherdale

15th October 2014

With the help of a dedicated army of volunteers, the team has organised art classes and exhibitions, English and music classes, soccer games, yoga, cleaning bees, billiards matches and celebrations of community and religious feast days.

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A crafty solution to loneliness

15th October 2014

Aware that the fear borne by asylum seekers is complex and deep, Sue has striven to simply be a presence for the people she reaches out to – an invaluable contribution that volunteers like her make to JRS and the people it works with.

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Where to now?

15th October 2014

This hope has now become almost extinguished by the harsh treatment that is the government’s policy for those arriving by boat and without visas.

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Silenced Voices: Community Detention in Australia

23rd September 2014

While those in the program are desperate to be released into the community on Bridging visas, release means limited or no casework support, no work rights, and no housing assistance, ultimately leaving people significantly worse off and more vulnerable.

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The poor need help today

19th June 2014

I left Townsville in mid-February with some feelings of fear and certainly not knowing what to expect. All I knew at the time was that this was where God wanted me to be, writes Sr Carmel Ruddick.

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