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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.

Kopika, Priya and Tharunicaa. (Image: Rebekah Holt)

Biloela family is 'very worried' about coronavirus Christmas Island plan

The family are the only people being housed at the detention centre. Soon they'll be trapped in a quarantine site.

Huyen Tran and her daughter Isabella (Image: Supplied)

Baby in detention could be separated from mother despite UN requests

Nineteen-month-old Isabella has spent her entire life in an Australian detention centre. Now there are fears she may be separated from her mother.

Refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani (Image: Amnesty International)

New Zealand defies Australia, saves journalist from offshore detention

Award-winning journalist Behrouz Boochani has been given a reprieve, albeit perhaps briefly, in New Zealand. It's a move that will strain trans-Tasman relations.

Kopika, Priya and Tharunicaa. (Image: Rebekah Holt)

Inside the Biloela family's Christmas Island detention quarters

Almost $27 million has been spent on the facility this year, and the Biloela family are the only people housed there. So why are the conditions so bad?

(Image: AAP/Rohan Thomson)

Scott Morrison wants kids to just be kids? Not in this climate.

Our PM wants kids to stop getting so worked up about climate change. But as a leading child psychiatrist tells Crikey, this kind of dismissive attitude from leaders can leave kids feeling even worse.

Solicitor of the Biloela Tamil family Carina Ford (Images: AAP/James Ross)

Lawyers try a Hail Mary as Biloela family faces court

Lawyers for Biloela's young Tamil family are trying to find a legal loophole that will allow them to pull a rabbit out of the hat.

(Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Prime minister, where the bloody hell are ya?

Compassion aside, how has this PR pro gotten the last few weeks so badly wrong?

Do we need to cross all boundaries to protect our borders?

The Australian government had many other options on how to handle the Biloela family. This was surely the worst one.

A final goodbye to Abdul, the latest man to die in Australian detention

Abdul Aziz, a 23-year-old Afghan asylum seeker, died in detention. Crikey was invited by his family and friends to exclusively bear witness before his body was sent home.

Why New Zealand will not stop fighting Australia on deportation

The debate over Australia's deportation laws is tearing Australia apart from one of its closest allies — and it's only getting worse.