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Rebekah Holt

Freelance journalist

Rebekah Holt — Freelance journalist

Rebekah Holt is a journalist and psychotherapist originally from New Zealand now based in Melbourne. In her previous NZ life she was a Chief of Staff in television news, a spokesperson for the NZ Police and very bad at dealing with volunteers for several political parties who employed her. She can regularly be found explaining New Zealand to Australians and vice versa. In between writing on politics and media she is usually pitching another story to some poor editor about Australias’s onshore detention centres.

Biloela girls and baby in on-shore detention showing 'behavioural disturbance'

Biloela girls and baby in on-shore detention showing 'behavioural disturbance'

Doctors have raised troubling concerns about the rare instance of three young girls in long-term detention.

Border Force claim baby is being 'housed' rather than 'detained'

Border Force claim baby is being 'housed' rather than 'detained'

Australian Border Force has contended that a Vietnamese woman detained in Melbourne with her five-month-old baby are being "housed" in alternative accommodation, but some suggest that this is spin.

Exclusive: concern raised for baby in Melbourne immigration detention

Exclusive: concern raised for baby in Melbourne immigration detention

This five-month-old baby has spent her life in Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation. A psychiatric report submitted in June has raised mental health concerns for both mother and child.

H is going home: farewelling the NZ teen just released from adult detention

H is going home: farewelling the NZ teen just released from adult detention

H was held for months in adult detention, away from his family in NSW, while Peter Dutton publicly threatened to send him to New Zealand. Today, he's free.

Child's rights should prevent father's urgent deportation: lawyer

Child's rights should prevent father's urgent deportation: lawyer

The deportation of a Tamil man may take place just days after his partner and infant daughter received a safe haven visa.

Media Adviser: what to do when your friends let slip a giant story

Media Adviser: what to do when your friends let slip a giant story

All journos are sitting on great stories from accidental sources they can't betray. So how do you go about reporting it the right way?

Dear Border Force, we'd love a straight answer about the NZ teen you have detained

Dear Border Force, we'd love a straight answer about the NZ teen you have detained

Condemnation is kicking up across the ditch about a 17-year-old boy being held in adult detention. But Australian Border Force don't seem interested in offering real explanation.

Is Melania Trump really wearing her disdain for immigrant children?

Is Melania Trump really wearing her disdain for immigrant children?

Melenia Trump was seen sporting a slogan apparently dismissing treatment of immigrant children, but the message might actually be directed a little closer to home.

Shadows of family separation policy haunt NZ boy stuck alone in detention

Shadows of family separation policy haunt NZ boy stuck alone in detention

The world watched as Donald Trump's hardline family separation policy fell apart, but here in Australia, minors are not guaranteed rights either.

Media Adviser: burnout doesn't need to be part of a journo's job

Media Adviser: burnout doesn't need to be part of a journo's job

The media's known for being a high-stress environment. Maybe it's time for it to take on the support systems of other high-stress industries.