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Australian Immigration Policy Under Criticism

Australian Immigration Policy Under Criticism

The media has been rife with reports over the last few days, of the Australian government supposedly bribing boats containing asylum seekers to turn around upon reaching Australian shores. Around the same time the UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has criticised Australia in front of the Geneva humans rights council. He called Australia’s new asylum seeker policies bewildering and suggested that, as a nation that is highly reliant on and predominately composed of migrants or descendants-of-migrants, Australia is setting a poor standard for other countries in terms of their foreign policy.

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Permanent Visa Granted to Autistic Boy and Mother

Permanent Visa Granted to Autistic Boy and Mother

Maria Sevilla arrived in Australia with her son Tyrone in 2007 on a skilled provisional work visa. She has trained and worked as a nurse in Townsville, Queensland since then and applied to renew her visa recently. Sadly, her son was diagnosed with autism six months after they arrived in Australia, and when the government were informed of this her visa renewal application was rejected. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton explained that programs and resources for differently-abled Australian children are already lacking and that an assessment of the Sevilla’s visa application would have to take this into account. Dutton has to ensure that we can adequately support the education and medical treatment of Australia’s own children before committing itself to Tyrone’s case.

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News: Immigration Department Public Servants Face Sack

News: Immigration Department Public Servants Face Sack

There are over eight thousand public servants from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that may lose some of their rights to appeals in unfair dismissal as part of the Australian Border Force’s formation. At present before the Parliament, the Australian Border Force bill consists of provisions for the head of the new department to readily fire public servants if proven engaged with “serious misconduct”, with no appeal to the industrial arbitrator.

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Australia is preparing to transfer refugees to Cambodia

Australia is preparing to transfer refugees to Cambodia

Cambodia has approved the transfer of four refugees from Australia as part of a controversial agreement under which the south-east Asian nation has received almost $40 million in additional aid from Australia. Australian Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, says that Australia is in the process of transferring a small group of refugees to Cambodia under a resettlement deal between the two countries.

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Australians show overwhelming support for immigration

Australians show overwhelming support for immigration

new poll conducted on national identity by the Australian National University has found that Australians strongly support immigration, with nearly nine in 10 people thinking immigrants improve Australian society. The survey found resounding support for immigration, finding it is both good for the economy and for society, although there was significant calls for stronger measures to exclude illegal immigrants.

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