Government spends $1.2 billion on offshore processing centres in one year Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says it is shocking that Australian taxpayers are paying for people to be detained by the government.
Manus and Nauru: The Inside Story : Australia will never come out of this with its head high. Let's hope the full truth and consequence is sooner rather than later. These detention centres must close, and the delay in processing of claims must end.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says hundreds of asylum seekers who have arrived by boat since the federal election have already been transferred to offshore processing centres in a "rapid increase" of the process. In the past two weeks, 523 people have arrived by boat and claimed asylum in Australia. Mr Morrison says about half of those have already left Australia's shores for processing on either Papua New Guinea's Manus Island or Nauru.
The cornerstone of Australia's Pacific Solution is the deportation of all boat people to offshore processing centers on Nauru and (Manus Island) in Papua New Guinea. While in the detention centre the refugees claims are process, and if found to be 'genuine' they are to be resettled in Papua New Guinea. In 2013 then Australia Prime Minister said that: "From now on, any asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees."
Paris Aristotle is one of Australia's strongest advocates for the rights of asylum seekers. So why does he want to send them to Nauru and Manus Island? He spoke to Michael Gordon. Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/a-change-of-heart-20120814-246t3.html#ixzz24eKZwr7T
Detaining a single asylum seeker on Manus or Nauru costs $400,000 per year. Detention in Australia costs $239,000 per year. Allowing asylum seekers to live in the community while their claims are processed costs just $12,000 per year. HESTA (the health sector superannuation fund) is at present a substantial shareholder in Transfield Services, the company that runs the Australian detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island (PNG).
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) said on Friday all the children should be released, saying it was particularly concerned about the 331 minors on Nauru and Christmas Island, especially unaccompanied children.
The Australia-Papua New Guinea Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RRA) has been successful so far according to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, who cited that out of the total number of asylum seekers who arrived in the country without Australian visas since the federal election, about half have already been transferred to processing centres in Manus Island or Nauru.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has confirmed the arrival in Australia of an asylum seeker boat carrying two journalists and other passengers. Intercepted by Customs and Border Protection Command, the asylum seeker boat was found on the north of Christmas Island on September 8th. The boat was carrying the two journalists—an American and a Dutch, as well as 57 passengers and two crew.