Topic archives: detention centres

The increasingly deranged diary of a detention centre visitor

February 9, 2018 3

If the Department of Home Affairs was trying to stop detention centre visits with its new, punitive visitation procedures, then it may have worked.

Rundle: destructive civil disobedience is the only answer to most recent Nauru horror

February 3, 2017 26

The call to such action falls neither equally nor fairly, but fall it does.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

February 5, 2015 8

No attention seeking allowed in detention ... NSW Premier involved in mining approval? ... immigration not very welcoming ...

A politically motivated campaign against Gillian Triggs?

A politically motivated campaign against Gillian Triggs?

January 16, 2015 34

Is The Australian out to get the Human Rights Commission's president because she's about to embarrass the government? The Oz 's editor doesn't think so, report Mahalia Dobson and Myriam Robin.

Serco cops a serve — but what’s the alternative?

May 31, 2013 19

Serco, which provides detention centre services for the federal government, has come under fire for allowing a string of escapes. But is there an alternative to outsourcing?

Greens to demand release of up-to-date Serco training manuals

Greens to demand release of up-to-date Serco training manuals

March 19, 2012 3

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will demand that Immigration Minister Chris Bowen release up-to-date versions of Serco asylum seeker training manuals, including controversial sections on the use of force.

Serco manual ‘outdated’, but Bowen won’t talk about new training docs

March 16, 2012 18

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen called the 2009 and 2010 Serco training manual published this week by Crikey "out-dated" and "no-longer in use", yet Bowen, the Immigration Department and Serco have refused to detail how it has been changed.

Serco training manual: how to ‘hit’ and ‘strike’ detainees

Serco training manual: how to ‘hit’ and ‘strike’ detainees

March 14, 2012 6

A prison-style training manual produced by the company contracted to run Australia's detention centres contains explicit instructions on how to "hit" and "strike" asylum seekers.

Civil liberties groups to A-G: ASIO refugee assessments unjust

January 20, 2012 7

An open letter to the Attorney-General Nicola Rox, calling on here to implement legislative change to ensue adverse ASIO security assessments can be meaningfully challenged.

MEAA responds to Immigration’s detention centre blackout

January 9, 2012 4

There has been a dust-up in the past few months about an attempt by the Department of Immigration to force media organisations to give bureaucrats the right to edit their reports in return for access to detention centres.

Menadue: media missing the boat on asylum-seeker coverage

December 7, 2011 28

The Finkelstein media inquiry should have examined the role of the media in the so-called debate on asylum seekers and refugees, writes John Menadue, Centre for Policy Development director and former Department of Immigration secretary.

Hey, panic merchants: asylum seekers are already living next door

November 29, 2011 50

The use of bridging visas will bring Australia in line with other countries that implement comprehensive community-based processing, writes Caz Coleman, a member of the Council for Immigration Services and Status Resolution.

How our detention centres are run: the government’s contract with Serco

November 9, 2011

Serco is the company that runs detention centres in Australia. New Matilda uncovers for the official contract between Serco and the Department of Immigration, outlining the experience required of Serco staff and how it deals with issues of detainee depression.

Mandatory detention is not the problem, the label is

October 18, 2011 6

As soon as we interpret mandatory detention as a model that removes freedom of movement and must be in place for the entire length of time of the processing of a protection application that could take years, then we run into trouble, writes Caz Coleman, of the Council for Immigration Services and Status Resolution.

Asylum seekers … reception or detention? That is the question

August 19, 2011 7

Little known to Australians is that more than 8000 asylum seekers already live in the community and the sky hasn’t fallen in, writes Caz Coleman, a member of the Council for Immigration Services and Status Resolution.

Assaults an inevitable consequence of a failing detention system

August 17, 2011

Assault charges arising from an incident at Darwin's Northern Immigration Detention Centre again have highlighted the detrimental consequences of significant delays in the processing of security clearances for refugees, writes freelancer Nigel O'Connor.

Sales: Oz detention centres worse than Guantanamo

June 24, 2011

Journalist Leigh Sales was refused visitation rights to a detention centre in Australia because of "security issues", although she visited Guantanamo Bay prison twice. Why are detention centres so surrounded in secrecy?

Christmas Island ‘prison-like’ for children: advocate report

June 23, 2011

A new report released today has heaped further criticism on the conditions faced by children at the Christmas Island detention centre, with the group behind the research calling for a time limit on the detention of children.

Malaysian detention ‘nothing short of hell’, say locals

Malaysian detention ‘nothing short of hell’, say locals

May 16, 2011 5

Burmese asylum seekers hope Malaysia's immigration deal with Australia will see them end up Down Under. They wait in conditions well below acceptable standards, according to local advocates. Stuart Ranfurlie reports from Kuala Lumpur.

Buildings set alight at Villawood, as gov tries to sell new detention centre

April 21, 2011 6

Immigration minister Chris Bowen is facing increasing political pressure over the government's handling of immigration detention today, after nine buildings were burnt down last night by protesting asylum seekers at Villawood Detention Centre.