Topic archives: border force

Border Force can’t even seem to deport a man competently

April 13, 2018 17

A man suddenly removed from immigration detention in New South Wales has not been heard from since being put on a flight.

Crikey Worm: Border Force face protest after refugee raid

March 12, 2018

Good morning, early birds. Border Force is facing protest after the raid of a family of Tamil asylum seekers. Plus, China abolishes presidential term limits. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Tracking transparency: Border Force’s record on access and denial

January 23, 2018 2

We were delighted to see the intelligence operatives so keen to be open with the press about matters around asylum seekers this morning -- as we see, it has not always been the case.

Latest changes to detention centre protocols provoke hunger strikes, heartache

January 17, 2018 7

New restrictions on visitation to Australian detention centres seem needlessly cruel. Rebekah Holt investigates the results of such measures and asks why they're deemed necessary in the first place.

Border Force overpays officers, then threatens to call debt collectors

September 7, 2017 5

In just the latest blow to staff morale, Border Force staff are facing the prospect of having mistakenly credited annual leave deducted from their wages.

This Dutton-led mega-department is a mistake: former head of DFAT

July 27, 2017 9

The establishment of an enlarged Department of Home Affairs under the ministerial control of Peter Dutton is an unnecessary, mistaken policy, writes Richard Woolcott, former head of DFAT and president of the UN Security Council.

We waited a year for this lousy Border Force footage

We waited a year for this lousy Border Force footage

June 19, 2017 3

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has released footage of Border Force officers testing GoPro cameras on the water.

Immigration denies using capsicum spray on detainees

May 10, 2017

Border Force is not mad, just disappointed with Crikey.

Border Force admits capsicum spray can be used on immigration detainees

Border Force admits capsicum spray can be used on immigration detainees

May 9, 2017 2

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection appears to have relaxed a ban on using capsicum spray on detainees in onshore centres.

Dutton dressed as spam: how Immigration tries to hoodwink us on refugees

October 31, 2016 35

In the trade-off between stemming irregular immigration or freedom of information, I lean to the latter, writes Toby Ralph.

From deer velvet to welcoming queue jumpers: the weird and wonderful

From deer velvet to welcoming queue jumpers: the weird and wonderful

May 3, 2016

Thank goodness, the federal government is finally doing something about “gaps in citrus industry research and development funding”.

Tips and Rumours: An expensive journey

April 15, 2016

The $6.1 million government-funded film Journey, which is designed to deter asylum seekers from coming to Australia by boat, has begun being broadcast in Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan this year. In response to a question on notice from Senate estimates, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said that the film would be repeated a number […]

Why I compared Australian Border Force to Nazis

March 10, 2016 10

Sorry if it hurts their feelings, but there is a very important reason to use emotive language when talking about asylum seekers, writes psychiatrist Dr Michael Dudley.

The let-down we all saw coming

March 7, 2016 3

Crikey readers talk politics and other issues of the day.

Tips and rumours: stop and frisk, Nauru edition. 

February 17, 2016

The Nauruan government has announced stricter conditions for asylum seekers and refugees at the regional processing centre on the small island nation. Even though the Republic of Nauru’s Twitter account claims that refugees are not living in detention and are free to move around, the updated government gazette released on Monday shows that detainees at the centre […]

Border Protection keeping ‘Operation Fortitude’ bunglers secret

November 20, 2015 4

Faceless bureaucrats will remain faceless, as Immigration and Border Protection declares it won't release information clearly in the public interest.

Exclusive: govt uses Border Force gag law to protect itself in court

Exclusive: govt uses Border Force gag law to protect itself in court

November 2, 2015 12

Immigration and Border Protection workers could face jail for giving evidence in court. And the ABF will itself determine who is an IPB worker. Convenient, yes? Crikey editor Marni Cordell and Crikey reporter Josh Taylor report.

Confidential docs reveal: govt can gag just about anyone on offshore detention

Confidential docs reveal: govt can gag just about anyone on offshore detention

November 2, 2015 4

The government can determine who is classified as an "Immigration and Border Protection worker" -- and that can include the phone guy. Crikey journalist Josh Taylor and Crikey editor Marni Cordell report.

Ex-spy chief paid to advise Border Force

Ex-spy chief paid to advise Border Force

October 2, 2015 7

Former ASIO head David Irvine is now advising the Australian Border Force.

Tips and rumours: Border Force and alcohol testing

September 28, 2015

The Australian Border Force’s draconian practices when it comes to passports and attempts to check people’s visas on Melbourne’s streets are well known, but the restrictions on employees at the new para-military agency are also tougher than for most public servants. Under the Border Force Act, employees can be subject to random or targeted tests for alcohol or […]