Christmas Island

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The pattern is clear: Australia’s next election will be a competition on cruelty | Behrouz Boochani
Since the Tampa affair, humanitarian issues have been used to manipulate the public. The refugees still exiled in Papua New Guinea will suffer the consequences

Behrouz Boochani

11, Oct, 2021 @1:37 AM

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The Tampa affair, 20 years on: the ship that capsized Australia’s refugee policy
When a Norwegian freighter rescued 433 asylum seekers from a sinking vessel en route to Christmas Island, it sparked a crisis that led to hardline border policies and indelibly shifted the response to boat arrivals

Ben Doherty

21, Aug, 2021 @8:00 PM

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High court rejects bid to appeal Biloela child Tharnicaa Murugappan protection visa case
Court’s decision compels immigration minister to review the four-year-old’s eligibility for assessment as an asylum seeker

Josh Taylor

12, Aug, 2021 @2:13 AM

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For eight years, Australia has been taking refugees as hostages. It’s time to ask: who has benefited? | Behrouz Boochani
The government needs our bodies for political power, while the detention industry needs us to fuel its money-making torture machine. But what has Australia truly gained?

Behrouz Boochani

21, Jul, 2021 @2:14 AM

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Three members of Biloela family granted temporary bridging visas
Immigration minister Alex Hawke grants visas, meaning family will be released from community detention in Perth

Daniel Hurst , Josh Taylor and Paul Karp

23, Jun, 2021 @6:44 AM

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Home affairs minister suggests reports about Biloela daughter’s illness ‘inaccurate’
Karen Andrews refuses to say what is not correct after Tharnicaa was evacuated from Christmas Island to Perth to treat a blood infection caused by pneumonia

Josh Taylor

16, Jun, 2021 @5:33 AM

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Coalition says community detention not a pathway to resettlement for Biloela family
Campaigners say minister’s decision must be ‘first step’ in returning Murugappans to Queensland

Katharine Murphy and Sarah Martin

15, Jun, 2021 @7:46 AM

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Biloela family to reunite on Australian mainland but visa status expected to remain unchanged
The immigration minister, Alex Hawke, is set to announce the Murugappan family will be released from detention on Christmas Island

Sarah Martin Chief political correspondent

14, Jun, 2021 @9:53 AM

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Two Coalition MPs say it is time to bring Biloela family back from Christmas Island
Internal pressure on government comes as video circulates with celebrity supporters singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Christopher Knaus

12, Jun, 2021 @4:47 AM

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Biloela family are not eligible to be resettled in US or New Zealand, minister says
Three-year-old Tharnicaa has seen an infectious diseases expert and is awaiting blood test results

Josh Taylor

10, Jun, 2021 @1:53 AM

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Biloela Tamil family’s resettlement in US or New Zealand could take two years, lawyer says
Ministers have discussed possible resettlement of Tamil family detained on Christmas Island but family’s lawyer says they have ‘not been approached’

Calla Wahlquist with Australian Associated Press

09, Jun, 2021 @7:25 AM

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Until we face up to the lie that underpins our treatment of refugees, Tharnicaa and children like her will suffer | Sisonke Msimang
It’s easy to see why Biloela has fallen in love with the family, doggedly resisting the government’s false narrative

Sisonke Msimang

09, Jun, 2021 @12:21 AM

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