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  CNN.com - Australian detention camp in flames again - December 18, 2001
Among the destroyed buildings last night were three new purpose-built accommodation facilities, a dining area and a computing facility, the Department of Immigration said in a statement.
Australia has a policy of compulsory detention for all illegal arrivals on Australian shores while claims for asylum or refugee status are assessed.
In February, an independent inquiry called the Flood Report criticized the management of detention facilities, saying inmates were humiliated and abused by staff, and children were treated like criminals.
archives.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/asiapcf/auspac/12/18/australia.refugees19.12/index.html   (658 words)

  Australian immigration detention facilities - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Australian immigration detention facilities comprise a number of different facilities throughout Australia and the Pacific Ocean.
Since the 1990s the Australian government enforced a policy of mandatory detention of unauthorised arrivals.
Throughout the controversy, Prime Minister John Howard and successive immigration ministers maintained that their actions were justified in the interests of protecting Australia's borders and ensuring that immigration law was enforced.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Immigration_detention_centres   (479 words)

 Human rights in Australia: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The white australia policy, the policy of excluding all non white people from the australian continent, was the official policy of all governments and all mainstream...
The pacific solution was the name given to the australian government policy of diverting asylum seekers to detention camps on small island nations in the pacific...
The HREOC held an inquiry into mandatory detention and found that many basic rights outlined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child[For more facts and a topic of this subject, click this link] were denied to children living in immigration detention.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/h/hu/human_rights_in_australia.htm   (1910 words)

 Category:Australian immigration - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Immigration to the continent now called Australia began over 50,000 years ago, when the ancestors of Australian Aboriginal people arrived (probably) from India via Indonesia and New Guinea.
Europeans began landing in the 1600s and 1700s, and the country was colonised by Britain in 1788.
The main article for this category is Australian immigration.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Category:Australian_immigration   (113 words)

 Australian Immigration Minister - Media Release: Misinformation on Mandatory Detention - Media Release 129/2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
"Detention ensures they remain available for removal, should they have no lawful right to remain, and if they do have a claim to stay, that assessments can be made on whether they pose a threat to the community, before they are released," Mr Ruddock said.
This practice is consistent with the fundamental legal principle, accepted in Australian and international law, that in terms of national sovereignty, the State determines which non-citizens are permitted to remain and the conditions under which they may be removed.
Detention centres are not open to unrestricted access because of the need to protect potential refugees and the family and friends they have left behind," Mr Ruddock said.
www.minister.immi.gov.au /media_releases/ruddock_media00/r00129.htm   (389 words)

 The Detention of Boat People (Current Issues Brief 08 2000-2001)
Successive Australian governments have maintained that it is a fundamental legal principle, in domestic and international law, that in terms of national security, the State determines which non-citizens are permitted to remain and the conditions under which they may be removed.
Detention may facilitate the removal from Australia of the 10 per cent of the current wave of boat people who are not being found to qualify for temporary protection visas.
JSCM inspections of the detention centres in late 2000 found that the facilities were 'adequate', that their administration was 'appropriate and professional', that the cultural sensitivities of detainees were 'accommodated', and that Australia was taking seriously its responsibilities to those in care.
www.aph.gov.au /library/pubs/cib/2000-01/01cib08.htm   (7545 words)

 no-racism.net: Laboratorio Australia: Setting the benchmark for world's worst practice
Immigration in Australia is divided into three principle sectors, in addition to which there is the humanitarian program covering refugee flows, asylum seekers and those in the humanitarian aid category.
One can therefore say that the points system is one of the more important «filter functions of border controls» [8] in the Australian immigration regime, and that its functioning depends on the application of biopolitical categories to the life of the immigrant population, both before and after their arrival in Australia.
Immigration of skilled persons responds to the need to access at low cost these linguistic competencies, knowledge of specific markets, both in terms of laws and protocols and in terms of consumption trends, and contacts with transnational networks.
no-racism.net /article/1631   (3068 words)

 AUSTRALIA Australia-Pacific: Offending human dignity - the "Pacific Solution"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Australian construction plans for a large new detention facility on Christmas Island indicate that they may be transferred and detained there once agreements with Nauru and Papua New Guinea expire.
The constitutions of both countries include various safeguards against arbitrary detention, including the requirement for detainees to be informed of the reasons for the detention, the right to consult a lawyer of their own choice, and the right to seek a court decision on the lawfulness of their detention.
The Australian immigration minister stated his expectation that due to the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, few of the Afghans taken to Nauru and PNG would be successful with refugee claims based on a fear of persecution by the Taliban authorities.
web.amnesty.org /802568F7005C4453/0/0953861B39CB6C9180256C1E00593CAB?Open   (11364 words)

 Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 82. Immigration Detention
There are facilities located at Villawood (established in Sydney in 1976), Maribyrnong (established in Melbourne in 1966), Perth (established in 1981), Christmas Island (open since September 2001), Baxter (open since July 2002) and the Northern IDF in Darwin (established in 2005) which accommodates detainees in fisheries or immigration detention awaiting prosecution or removal.
Immigration detention is subject to regular scrutiny from external agencies such as the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC), the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Immigration Detention Advisory Group (IDAG) to ensure that people in immigration detention are treated humanely, decently and fairly.
Members are able to talk with staff, people in detention, the detainee representative committees and a wide range of external stakeholders to obtain first-hand information on the operations and environment at each facility and to hear their ideas and views on the immigration detention program.
www.immi.gov.au /media/fact-sheets/82detention.htm   (1872 words)

 New Matilda
According to the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DMIA), during 2001-2 the average length of time spent in detention by people who arrived by boat was 155 days (approximately five and a half months).
For those eventually successful in their asylum cases, the Australian community faces additional costs from the trauma suffered by long-term detention, both in direct medical costs and in difficulties adapting to community living.
In recent years the immigration department's compliance functions have been increasingly successful, locating as many as 20,000 overstayers (or people working in breach of their visa conditions) each year - that's why fruit growers in the Murray Valley are so upset with DIMIA - the department keeps taking away their undocumented workers.
www.newmatilda.com /home/articledetail.asp?ArticleID=540&CategoryID=   (1764 words)

 HREOC Website: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention
To this end CAFWAA has watched with growing alarm the situation unfolding in immigration detention centres in Australia where children, both those as part of families together with children without parents or family, are being forcefully detained.
As long as the detention centres remain, children and young people must be allowed to attend local schools, interact with local communities and have access to the full range of health and mental health services accorded the rest of the Australian community.
As long as detention centres remain State and Territory child protection authorities must also be given the same jurisdictional powers to intervene, assess and investigate any allegations of child abuse or neglect.
www.hreoc.gov.au /Human_Rights/children_detention/submissions/cfa.html   (785 words)

 CNN.com - Fresh probe into Australian refugee camps - November 27, 2001
The inquiry will visit Australian detention centers such as the Woomera camp in South Australia, as well as new facilities on the Australian territorial outpost of Christmas Island.
Currently there are about 580 children in immigration detention centers, of which more than 50 are not with their parents.
Western Australian Inspector of Custodial Services Professor Richard Harding said education services at the camps were "largely a charade" and there was little opportunity for detainees to do anything useful.
archives.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/asiapcf/auspac/11/27/aust.detention.kids/index.html   (499 words)

 Refugees mount protests and escapes at remote Australian detention centre
Immigration security officials and local police were mobilised and most escapees were quickly caught.
The facility was privatised by the Howard government in December 1997 and is managed and operated by Australasian Correctional Management, a subsidiary of the American security giant Wackenhut Corporation.
Villawood is used primarily for the detention of people arriving at airports or who have overstayed their visas.
www.wsws.org /articles/1999/aug1999/hed-a12.shtml   (1814 words)

 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Website: Asylum Seekers
He calls for changes to the Migration Act to set specific time limits on detention and for interim measures to be put in place to alleviate prolonged detention of those awaiting safe return to their countries of origin or a third country.
During the period of the Commission's investigations the immigration detention centres were managed by DIMA and operated on its behalf by Australian Protective Services, a federal government agency.
The Commission recommended that those whose detention cannot be justified for one of these reasons should be released, subject to reporting requirements, until their status is determined.
www.hreoc.gov.au /human_rights/asylum_seekers/index.html   (1772 words)

 We've boundless plains to share: The first report of the People's Inquiry into Detention   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
In February 2005, when Australian resident Cornelia Rau was discovered in the Baxter Immigration Detention Centre where she had been incarcerated for four months despite suffering from a serious mental illness, some Australians were shocked.
When the government announced that former Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Palmer would conduct an inquiry into the circumstances of Cornelia Rau's detention, the terms of reference were restricted to the circumstances of her detention alone.
The purpose of the People's Inquiry into Detention is to place on the public record the impact of the policies and practices that unsettled many in Australia, resulted in criticisms from human rights organisations in Australia and abroad, and, most importantly, had a devastating impact on those directly affected.
www.safecom.org.au /peoples-inquiry.htm   (2778 words)

 Asylum-seekers in Australia remain in long-term limbo - The Wire - August 2005 - Amnesty International   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Australian law requires that a non-national in Australia without a valid visa must be detained until he or she is either granted a temporary protection visa or leaves the country.
Australia’s mandatory detention regime places it in breach of several of the inter-national human rights treaties which it has signed up to, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The only safeguard against indefinite detention will be the Minister for Immigration’s discretion – which she cannot be forced to use.
web.amnesty.org /wire/August2005/Australia   (614 words)

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 Australian immigration detains Aussie flight attendant for 10mths, and maltreats her - Wikinews
A NSW police effort to find her in November failed to identify that she was being held by Australia's Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, meanwhile DIMIA was stumped as to the identity of their German-speaking prisoner.
Principally, that the system of mandatory detention itself is an infringement of human rights and should be abolished, and that children (of whom there are currently 87 in detention [5]) should not be held in custody.
According to DIMIA, "Government policy is that, where practical, immigration detainees should be billed for the cost of their stay in detention." [9] It is not known whether the Department intends to bill Ms Rau.
en.wikinews.org /wiki/Australian_immigration_detains_Aussie_flight_attendant_for_10mths,_and_maltreats_her   (1359 words)

 Joint Standing Committee on Public Works - Provision of Facilities for Marbyrnong Immigration Detention Centre ...
To this end, the Government has established a network of facilities in which to accommodate unlawful arrivals, visa over-stayers and other non-citizens found to be in breach of Australian immigration law.
…immigration detention should be non-punitive and, as far as possible, seek to protect the rights of the individual.
Immigration detention should be undertaken in modern facilities consistent with our obligations for the duty of care to detainees and those charged with administering that detention.
www.aph.gov.au /house/committee/pwc/midc/chapter1.htm   (1055 words)

 Time for a commonsense detention policy - On Line Opinion - 4/4/2005
There are now approximately 900 people in Australian Immigration Detention Facilities: 195 of the 900 detainees have active asylum applications.
While the overall costs of detention have decreased in recent years (from $300 million a year in 2001), the cost of detention per detainee, per day has increased markedly.
The policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers while their claims are being assessed, costs the Australian taxpayer anywhere between $111 and $725 per person per day.
www.onlineopinion.com.au /view.asp?article=3302   (1127 words)

 Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 70. Border Control
The Australian Government is firmly committed to ensuring the integrity of Australia's borders and to the effective control and management of the movement of people to and from Australia.
The administration of Australia's immigration laws is a function of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Australian courts must sentence those convicted of people smuggling (including crews of boats) to a minimum of five years in prison and possibly up to 20 years in prison for a first conviction, and at least eight years and up to 20 years for a second conviction, of bringing people to Australia illegally.
www.immi.gov.au /media/fact-sheets/70border.htm   (1836 words)

 CNN.com - World ponders Australia's refugee stance - March 7, 2002
Australian Prime Minister John Howard will address the World Economic Forum in New York this week justifiably proud of the nation's commendable financial performance in a difficult global climate.
But despite the Howard government's solid fiscal stewardship, it is the country's immigration policy that has again thrust it into the international spotlight.
The Woomera protest, which follow months of riots and actions at detention facilities by aggrieved detainees, has become the latest touchstone in this ongoing debate on Australia's approach to immigration and refugees.
edition.cnn.com /2002/WORLD/asiapcf/auspac/01/28/aust.woomera.analysis   (601 words)

 Australian immigration detention facilities information - Search.com
Australian immigration detention facilities comprise a number of different facilities throughout Australia and the Pacific Ocean.
Most facilities are operated by Global Solutions Limited (GSL) under contract from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA).
Throughout the controversy, Prime Minister John Howard and successive immigration ministers maintained that their actions were justified in the interests of protecting Australia's borders and ensuring that immigration law was enforced.
www.search.com /reference/Immigration_detention_centres   (474 words)

 CNN.com - Prison watchdog slams refugee conditions - October 30, 2001
The Western Australian Inspector of Custodial Services Professor Richard Harding said Tuesday the centers were "unacceptably overcrowded" and their medical services were "disgracefully inadequate".
Some of the detention centers have been the scene of repeated protests, hunger strikes and riots over the past 12 months, a situation Harding attributes to the poor conditions.
The management of the detention facilities was also roundly criticized in February this year in an independent inquiry called the Flood Report.
edition.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/asiapcf/auspac/10/30/aust.refugees.disgrace   (542 words)

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