Category: Sri Lanka

Is this a new and cynical twist on ‘don’t ask don’t tell’?

Documents lodged with the Senate have revealed the question was scrapped from the initial public health screening questionnaire in March. It means asylum seekers will no longer be asked the question during their first contact with immigration officials and will…

Forced asylum seeker removal stopped amid airport protest

SBS News 10 March 2015 A 19-year-old Tamil asylum seeker has been returned to a Melbourne detention facility after failing to board a flight for Darwin shortly after 9am on Tuesday. It is not yet clear if the forced removal was…

The High Court Case re 157 Sri Lankans: It is now legal for the Australian Government to detain people at sea

In a concisely worded report SBS noted that A majority of High Court judges held that the claim for damages for false imprisonment from their detention at sea should be dismissed. They ruled that the Commonwealth Maritime Powers Act authorised a maritime…