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Code Of Conduct For Asylum Seekers Living In Australia: Full Text

This is the full text of the code of conduct for asylum seekers living in Australia.

The code was gazetted last week by the federal government and came into force on December 14.

Text of Code of Conduct for asylum seekers living in Australia.

This Code of Behaviour contains a list of expectations about how you will behave at all times while in Australia. It does not contain all your rights and duties under Australian law. If you are found to have breached the Code of Behaviour, you could have your income support reduced, or your visa may be cancelled. If your visa is cancelled, you will be returned to immigration detention and may be transferred to an offshore processing centre. [Read more…]


“You Should Not Come Because You Will Not Stay” – Abbott Claims Mandate For TPVs

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his government has a mandate to introduce temporary protection visas.

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Abbott and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison held a joint press conference just before Question Time today to reiterate their support for TPVs following the Senate’s vote against their reintroduction last night. The vote was carried by the ALP and the Greens who retain a blocking majority until June 30 next year.

The Prime Minister was at pains to repeat his message to asylum seekers contemplating paying people smugglers for a boat journey to Australia. “You should not come because you will not stay,” he said.

Abbott has threatened to keep the parliament sitting until close to Christmas in order to put pressure on the ALP. [Read more…]


Scathing UNHCR Report On Conditions On Nauru

The United Nations Refugee Agency has produced a scathing report on conditions at the Regional Processing Centre on Nauru.

The report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said “the current policies, conditions and operational approaches” on Nauru “do not comply with international standards”. [Read more…]


Indonesia Demands Spying Explanation, Suspends Co-operation; Abbott To Respond; Shorten Invokes ‘Team Australia’

Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has suspended intelligence exchanges and military co-operation with Australia and demanded Tony Abbott explain the tapping of his and his wife’s mobile phones.

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The suspension of military co-operation includes the sharing of information for anti-people smuggling operations as well as joint military exercises of any kind.

“Facing the common problem of people smuggling, Indonesia and Australia have coordinated operations, coordinated patrolling in the sea area – I have asked for this to be suspended until everything is clear,” President Yudhoyono said. [Read more…]


Operation Sovereign Borders: Scott Morrison’s Weekly Briefing

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, has given the latest weekly briefing on Operation Sovereign Borders.

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After a difficult week and a patchy performance in Parliament, Morrison adopted a different tone at today’s briefing, noticably toning down his dismissive attitude towards journalists. [Read more…]


Indonesia Refuses To Accept Turned Back Boat; Asylum Seekers Taken To Christmas Island

The Australian government has confirmed that Indonesia has refused to accept a boat Australian authorities attempted to turn back just south of Java.

According to a statement from Operation Sovereign Borders, Indonesia is “reviewing the request put forward by Australia”.

The boat was rescued 43 nautical miles south of the coast of Java, within the Indonesian search and rescue zone. A request was made to transfer the passengers to Indonesia. The statement says: “On two recent occasions, Indonesia has agreed to these requests and facilitated an on water transfer.”

The vessel’s passengers have now been taken to Christmas Island and will eventually be taken to Nauru or Manus Island.

The Opposition says the government’s asylum policies are in disarray and it is in retreat from its “turn back the boats” policy. The government statement says the number of “illegal arrivals” is down 75% since Operation Sovereign Borders began.

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Morrison Quizzed About Stand-Off With Indonesia Over Asylum Seeker Boat

The Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, faced a series of questions today about an asylum-seeker boat thought to be involved in a dispute with the Indonesian government that threatens the Abbott government’s ‘turn back the boats’ policy.

Morrison appeared at the weekly Operation Sovereign Borders briefing. He was accompanied by Lt. General Angus Campbell. Both men were terse in their response to some questions during a willing encounter with journalists. [Read more…]


Morrison Says The Boats Are Stopping

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, claims the government’s policies are stopping the boats.

Speaking at his weekly briefing for Operation Sovereign Borders, Morrison said no boats had arrived this week.

He said: “I’m pleased to report that illegal boat arrivals are significantly below trends and expectations… Now while the Government is pleased with the significant decline in illegal boat arrivals we are not taking anything for granted. Nor are we making any claims about prospective activity remaining at these low levels. I can say though is that the consistent application across all our spheres of activity under Operation Sovereign Borders is now shifting the balance strongly in our favour, against the people smugglers… For the first time in five years, we are now getting the upper hand over the people smugglers and we do not intend to yield this ever again.” [Read more…]


Morrison Confirms 31 Dead From Asylum Boat Sinking

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed the deaths of 31 asylum seekers from a capsized boat off the West Java coast on Friday.

There are 22 survivors from the boat.

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Morrison spoke today at his second weekly press briefing on asylum issues. He was accompanied by the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin. Later, Shadow Immigration Minister Tony Burke responded to Morrison. [Read more…]


Morrison Confirms ‘Tactical’ Secrecy On Turning Back Asylum-Seeker Boats

The Minister for Immigration, Scott Morrison, has confirmed that the government will not let the media know if asylum-seeker boats have been turned back to Indonesia.

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Speaking at his first news conference since taking office, Morrison said the government was not in the business of providing “shipping news” to people smugglers.

Morrison appeared with Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, the Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders. Campbell said 33 people had arrived on one boat since the government took office on September 18. [Read more…]