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Project SafeCom Infosheets

During the initial "Howard years" in which we operated, from 2001 to 2005, we used our growing collection of "Infosheets" to inform our supporters and the wider public, also through our community event stalls, of human rights convention standards, and of what Australia did with those standards. Below are those Information Sheets, or The Infosheets, for your perusal or download.

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Project SafeCom Annual Reports

Because Project SafeCom is a Corporation in the legal sense of the word, our Annual General Meetings see the publication, every year, of an Annual Report. Here they are - they are public documents. Looking at them will give you a good sense of how we operate, and what we've done over the years - and for how little money we did at that work!

  • Project SafeCom Annual Report 2007 - Expectations of the number displaced people inside Australia being on the rise, and World Systems theory arguing that a serious crisis may emerge during a breakdown of capitalism and the ensuing chaos... (PDF File 708 Kb)
  • Project SafeCom Annual Report 2006 - A year where Coalition dissenters deliver democracy to Australia from within a rigid and manipulated conservative party-political system, and where the planet itself pushes to the foreground in the political landscape: a year for the planet and the people. (PDF File 635 Kb)
  • Project SafeCom Annual Report 2005 - The year of the Kooyong Breakout, where the tabling of two Bills by liberal backbenchers Petro Georgiou and Judi Moylan MP upsets someone's apple cart, and where Cornelia Rau and Vivian Alvarez-Solon rock the boat of Australia's immigration department. (PDF File 388 Kb)
  • Project SafeCom Annual Report 2004 - From the storming of Tampa by SAS troops to the kids overboard photos we were not allowed to see: three years of development for a punchy and growing NGO. (PDF File 494 Kb)
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Events Promotion & Info Flyers

These are the flyers or documents we created and sent out as part of our events. And because we uploaded them also to the pages related to these events on our website, they're appearing in this collection.

  • Flyer: Across the Seas - Australia's response to refugees - A public lecture by Klaus Neumann to introduce his new book, at the Social Sciences Lecture Theatre, UWA, on Wednesday 12 August 2015. (PDF File 580 Kb)
  • The Perth (Curtin University) launch of Human Rights Overboard - Invitation flyer for the launch on Tuesday, 14 October 2008, with co-author Prof Linda Briskman, Dr Carmen Lawrence and Hon Fred Chaney. "Scribe and the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University of Technology are proud to celebrate the publication of Human Rights Overboard: Seeking Asylum in Australia." (PDF File, 107Kb)
  • The Scattered People Choir: CD Track Six: Rain - Audio Track with Brian Procopis and Simon Monsour (composers and musicians), vocalist Ross Smith, Gary Nunn and others (musicians). This is just one of the 12 tracks of the terrific music CD (described here) of the Scattered People's Refugee Choir in Brisbane. (Windows Media Audio File 4'36" - "wma")
  • We Will Be Remembered for This - The poster for our 2007 World Refugee Day Screening for the 'Why The Boats Must Come' event at the Fremantle NAVY Club, with Scott Ludlam for the Greens, Melissa Parke and Carmen Lawrence for Labor. Download the poster for the movie and for the event! (PDF File 372 Kb)
  • The Project SafeCom Climate Justice Flyer - From the need to stop burning coal to the silencing of Climate scientists, this is Project SafeCom's 'new' publication - the campaign statement to bring Australia From Climate Change to Climate Justice. If you're connected to Project SafeCom because of your concern about Australia's treatment of asylum seekers, and you're wondering what the connection is, please read it, and you'll be convinced. (PDF File 112Kb)
  • 26 April 2007: 900 Refugee Advocates write to Kevin Rudd - SBS Radio News report including audio grab of an interview with Project SafeCom's Jack Smit. (MP3 audio file 3:00 min)
  • A Pork Barrelling Forum, The Fremantle Herald and Labor's Immigration policy - While the Fremantle Herald outdid itself in sponsoring the Pork Barrelling Forum in the lead-up to the 2007 Federal Election, on the tail-end of the forum more interesting things happened: see the file for Project SafeCom's Letter to the Editor, and a letter by the ALP Candidate, Melissa Parke. (PDF File 698 Kb)
  • What you told Kevin Rudd and Tony Burke - A selection of public comments to ALP Opposition leader Kevin Rudd and Immigration spokesman Tony Burke in the Project SafeCom online letter/petition campaign during April 2007. (PDF File 92 kB)
  • Forum and Book launch: Antony's Israel Question - Flyer for a Forum at Kulcha in Fremantle with journalist, author and blogger Antony Loewenstein. "I can think of few books about Israel and Palestine, written by an Australian, as important as Antony Loewenstein's brave j'accuse. In challenging the propagandists to give up their addiction, he is a truth-teller bar none." (DL Format - prints three, PDF FILE 108 Kb)
  • Forum and Book launch: Antony's Israel Question - Poster for a Forum at Kulcha in Fremantle with journalist, author and blogger Antony Loewenstein. "I can think of few books about Israel and Palestine, written by an Australian, as important as Antony Loewenstein's brave j'accuse. In challenging the propagandists to give up their addiction, he is a truth-teller bar none." (A4 Poster size, PDF FILE 161 Kb)
  • Event Flyer: Free West Papua - Let Them Stay! - Our ravishing Forum Poster for the January 2006 Forum about West Papuan asylum seekers and their reasons for the trip from Merauke to Weipa in Queensland. With Senator Kerry Nettle, Christmas Island advocate Kaye Bernard, West Papua Association supporter Ned Byrne and Project SafeCom's Jack Smit. (PDF File 798 Kb)
  • The Morning Star & Papua Maps: Free West Papua Flag Action Kit - We used these Word documents, PDF files, JPEG high resolution images to print and make large as well as small West Papuan flags, and people just LOVED it! (WinZip File 1.5 Mb)
  • Project SafeCom's Bunbury World Refugee Day 2003 - At Edith Cowan University's Bunbury Campus, in collaboration with the Bunbury Refugee Action Group: two movies and guest speakers, including Liam Barry. (WORD Document, 82 Kb)
  • Project SafeCom's Refugee Day 2003 Aussie Tourist Quiz - A quiz, to be handed out at Airports and Backpackers' places around Australia, with prizes for three winners - non-Australian tourists and travellers. (WORD document 63 Kb)
  • Sarah MacDonald's BBC's Australia's Pacific Solution - Project SafeCom's first major screen event, featuring two sandwiched screenings at the Fremantle Film and TV Institute, with keynotes by Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett and the ALP Member of Parliament Dr Carmen Lawrence, on 24 January 2003. (PDF File 171 Kb)
  • The Events Flyer for World Refugee Day 2004 - For World Refugee Day 2004 we have combined forces with Amnesty International and Oxfam Community Aid Abroad for a great family day of local action in Fremantle. (PDF file, 157Kb)
  • North Adelaide Human Rights/Refugee issues Public Forum - Tuesday January 27 2004, Cynthia Poulton Hall, North Adelaide. With MC Annie Hastwell (Radio Adelaide, Winner 2002 SACBA Bilby Award), Gordon Barrett QC, John Harley (Public Advocate of SA) and Jack H Smit (Project SafeCom). A selection of Project SafeCom's documentaries will be screened. (PDF File 63Kb)
  • Robyn Hughan's A Nun's New Habit - The documentary "A Nun's New Habit" follows the adventures of Sister Carmel Wauchope, an adorable character from the Sisters of The Good Samaritan. Sister Carmel kicked off her habit some 20 years ago, but is now at the forefront of the fight to help refugees incarcerated in detention centres. (PDF File 106 Kb)
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Other Project SafeCom Documents

  • Opinion: The End of an Era on 62 Wray Ave - After twelve years of post-Tampa dissent, will an ALP 'apparatchik' replace independent and critical thought in Fremantle? (PDF File, 40 Kb)
  • The Wilful Killing of Reza Berati on February 17, 2014 inside the Manus Island detention centre. File No 1a. Media Reports 16 to 24 February, 'From Incident to Nationwide Vigils', collected from Australian media outlets. Collated by Project SafeCom during June 2014. (PDF file 679Kb)
  • The Wilful Killing of Reza Berati on February 17, 2014 inside the Manus Island detention centre. File No 1b. Media Reports 24 February to 7 March, 'From Morrison Spin to a Questioning Senate', collected from Australian media outlets. Collated by Project SafeCom during June 2014. (PDF file 652Kb)
  • The Wilful Killing of Reza Berati on February 17, 2014 inside the Manus Island detention centre. File No 1c. Media Reports 10 March to 6 May, 'From Neutered Inquiries to Senate testimony', collected from Australian media outlets. Collated by Project SafeCom during June 2014. (PDF file 773Kb)
  • The Wilful Killing of Reza Berati on February 17, 2014 inside the Manus Island detention centre. File No 2. Published Opinion, collected from Australian media outlets. Collated by Project SafeCom during June 2014. (PDF file 867Kb)
  • People Smuggling: Project SafeCom Submission to 2010 Senate Inquiry - The laws are a thinly veiled attempt to manipulate the limitations imposed on signatory states through the United Nations definition of what constitutes people smuggling. They complete a development where the priest who smuggled the Von Trapp family across the Alps, as well as Oskar Schindler, will now be jailed as people smugglers by Australia. (PDF file 288Kb)
  • Addicted to Growth: the Economy's Road to Perdition - Sustainability laws and the planet join in a merciful Coup de Grace and engage the emergency brakes. An article by Project SafeCom's Jack H Smit in response to the Global Financial Crisis. (PDF File 170 Kb)
  • Presentation for the Public hearing for the Inquiry into Detention - Project SafeCom's presentation at the 9 October 2008 Perth hearings. "It was you, who created public vilification of asylum seekers, and it is you who need to create instruments that undo this damage..." (PDF File 67 Kb)
  • Project SafeCom Senate submission 1: Removals from Australia - Inquiry into the administration and operation of the Migration Act 1958 - Proposal to amend the Migration Act, Submission No. 8: "Australia does not adhere to clauses of "non-refoulement" in the Convention when removing failed asylum seekers from Australia. Forced deportations breach the UN Refugee Convention as well as several other conventions. Removals from Australia should be in line with Convention demands and be voluntary, in collaboration with removee." (PDF File 45 Kb)
  • Project SafeCom Senate submission 2: The Refugee Determination Process - Inquiry into the administration and operation of the Migration Act 1958 - Proposal to amend the Migration Act, Submission No. 8a. "The primary refugee determination system and also the Refugee Review Tribunal determinations have led to prolong the sheer agony of thousands of asylum seekers who asked for Australia's help when they arrived, especially for 'unannounced arrivals'." (PDF File 425 Kb)
  • Our Petition Form for a Royal Commission into Immigration detention - The Petition Form for a Royal Commission into Immigration detention and related issues. "It is likely that there is a vast storehouse of indictments declaring serious human rights abuses and prosecutable offences and breaches of many Australian laws and statutes, and all of it is on the records held by individuals around Australia." (PDF File 16 Kb)
  • Our Booklet: Burnside versus Vanstone, Ruddock, Howard - The 17 February 2004 Rotary breakfast speech: Amazingly, Immigration Minister Senator Amanda Vanstone then rose to her feet and spoke for a few minutes without once trying to rebut or defeat this rather extraordinary claim by Burnside that she is guilty of Crimes Against Humanity. The silence was deafening. (PDF File 93Kb)
  • Project SafeCom Newsletter August 2002 - Our First Newsletter containing important information for all refugee groups in Australia. Formatted as a ZIP file for security in download. (HTML file compressed as Zip File 11 Kb)
  • Project SafeCom Newsletter November 2002 - Our Second Newsletter containing important information for all refugee groups in Australia. Formatted as a ZIP file for security in download. (HTML file compressed as Zip File 15 Kb)
  • I have a Dream - "Wanted: Big plot of land suitable for agriculture, housing asylum seekers, international tourists and hosting school camps. Oh, and could we please have it for free?" An in-depth profile interview article about Project SafeCom as published in The Narrogin Observer, March 6, 2002. (PDF File 110 Kb)
  • The Australian People's Refugee Visa, A5 printable brochure - Easily printable and useful as an A5 (that's half A4) brochure. IMPORTANT: see Printing Instructions, right below on this page. (PDF File 121 Kb)
  • Printing Instructions for A5 printable brochure - Printing Instructions for A5 printable brochure of The Australian People's Refugee Visa (WORD document 20 Kb)
  • The Australian People's Refugee Visa - The "First Edition" of 6 January 2002 - Discussion Paper. (PDF File 130 Kb)
  • The Australian People's Refugee Visa: a Presentation - a presentation by Project SafeCom's Jack H Smit at a MERC/RUSSIC Workshop at Curtin University, Perth on 6 February 2002. (PDF File 110 Kb)
  • United Nations Association of Australia Newsletter - United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Newsletter 25 January 2002 - UNAA Announces Project SafeCom Inc. (RTF Format 93 Kb)
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Australia's boat arrivals

  • Keeping Perspective: Australia's boat arrivals - A document of three pages, representing tables of all asylum boat arrivals in Australian waters since 1976. Uploaded in May 2010, this document is regularly kept updated from official sources. (PDF file 52Kb)
  • "Why we don't want to go to Narue or Papa New Gini" - September 6, 2012: a compelling plea against being dumped on Nauru, expressed by boat passengers held on Christmas Island, including "The Story of Boat 411" as distributed by Pamela Curr of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. (PDF file 1.64Mb)
  • DIAC document: boat arrivals Jan 2011 - Jul 2013 - Obtained from a Freedom of Information Request, this document is the complete list of boat arrivals from January 1, 2011 to 25 July 2013. A valuable record, that also includes SIEV arrival numbers fro all vessels, their Customs nickname and the nationality of all passengers (PDF file 345Kb)
  • Annual boat arrivals in Australian waters 1995 - 237 people arrived in 7 boats during 1995. Of the arrrivals, 86% were eventually deported by the immigration department. 13.5% of the arrivals were accepted as refugees. (PDF file 8.5Kb)
  • Annual boat arrivals in Australian waters 1996 - 605 people arrived in 19 boats during 1996. Almost 90% were Chinese or Vietnamese Ethnic Chinese, who were all eventually deported by the immigration department. A little over 8% of the arrivals were accepted as refugees. (PDF file 13Kb)
  • Annual boat arrivals in Australian waters 1997 - Just 339 people arrived in 11 boats in 1997. Many of these were Chinese, who were all eventually deported by the immigration department. Almost 20% of the arrivals were accepted as refugees. (PDF file 12Kb)
  • Annual boat arrivals in Australian waters 1998 - Just 200 people arrived in 17 boats in 1998, but the arrivals showed the start of a build-up over the next few years. Australian authorities deported 80% of the passengers. (PDF file 12Kb)
  • Annual boat arrivals in Australian waters 1999 - 1999 was the year of extreme borderpanic in Australia, with the largest number of boat arrivals thus far since they started arriving in 1976. (PDF file 43Kb)
  • Annual boat arrivals in Australian waters 2000 - Raw data from the Immigration Department shows around 2,800 arrivals, while Parliamentary Library researchers show about 2900 passengers arriving. Australia's tiny contribution to the world's refugee problems continues! (PDF file 30Kb)
  • Annual boat arrivals in Australian waters 2001 - One of the largest years for boat arrivals, and also one of the most contentious years, which saw the introduction of the "offshore zones" following the stand-off over the Tampa rescue and the "children overboard" boat. (PDF file 30Kb)
  • Annual boat arrivals in Australian waters 2009 - The new build-up during 2009. Remember the two Burmese fishermen and their Esky in the Torres Strait? From Parliamentary sources and press releases, these are the nearly complete figures, including most countries of origin of the arround 2,700 arrivals. (PDF file 26Kb)
  • Annual boat arrivals in Australian waters 2010 - This year saw an all-time record of boats arrive on our shores. Predictably, this went accompanied by howls of slander and disdain by the conservatives for the government's decency in allowing boats to land, and an equally hot neurotic shiver by the Rudd, then the Gillard government, while the electorate was divided between those who knew that boat journeys are a fact of life for Australia and those who screamed they were arriving in their thousands, illegally and clandestinely. (PDF file 96Kb)
  • Annual boat arrivals in Australian waters 2011 - 2011 arrivals were well down on the 2010 arrivals, but Labor's boat arrival panic abundantly florished, and the right-wing swing of the Gillard government made it introduce proposals for the notorious "Malaysian Refugee Swap" deal. Thank God it never went ahead. (PDF file 32Kb)
  • Annual boat arrivals in Australian waters 2012 - During 2012 a record number of boats arrived; The Gillard Labor government initiated extraordinary and extremely punitive laws approving offshore processing on Nauru and Manus Island (PNG); it 'excised' the entire country for migration purposes -- but the boats kept coming, and the daily, weekly or monthly arrival frequency even increased since these laws were passed. (PDF file 106Kb)
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Papers, Reports, Articles

  • The Cornall Report: Review into the events of 16-18 February 2014 at the Manus Regional Processing Centre Report to the Secretary, Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Robert Cornall AO, 23 May 2014. (PDF file 5,7 Mb)
  • An Open Letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott (from members of Australia's academic community) - "We believe that the current approach to dealing with asylum seekers arriving by boat, especially off-shore detention and claims determination, is seriously flawed and unsustainable.". Sent and publicly distributed on Tuesday March 4, 2014. (PDF File 280Kb)
  • An Australia Day incident, and a proposal - Downloadable version of a published opinion piece, which includes testimony from a Navy doctor who quit his job during Operation Relex in 2002. From Online Opinion, Febr 5, 2014. (PDF File 30 Kb)
  • August 17 Open Letter from Nauru Refugees Camp - This is the 17 August 2012 signed protest letter received from the refugees sent to Australia's Regional Processing Centre on Nauru writing about "the difficult situation" and outlining their demands. (PDF File 852Kb)
  • Caroline Fleay: Repeating Despair on Nauru - Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University. A copy of Caroline Fleay's August 2012 Report Repeating Despair on Nauru: The Impacts of Offshore Processing on Asylum Seekers. (PDF File 565Kb)
  • ASRC Submission to Houston Panel - Melbourne's Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Submission to the Houston Expert Panel (July 6th, 2012). (PDF File 144Kb)
  • 204 Academics write to Houston Panel - Open Letter from 204 Academics to the Houston Expert Panel (July 13th, 2012). (PDF File 220Kb)
  • Project SafeCom Submission to Houston Panel - Project SafeCom's Submission to the Houston Expert Panel (July 19th, 2012). (PDF File 72Kb)
  • MOU between Nauru and Australia - The August 2012 Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Nauru and the Commonwealth of Australia relating to the transfer to and assessment of persons in Nauru, and related issues. (PDF File 32Kb)
  • Immigration tries to manipulatively introduce mandatory detention - In April 1987, five years before the Keating government approved the mandatory detention of all boat arrivals, someone from the department tried to rush the proposal through by sending documents to the Acting Immigration Minister, Senator Margaret Reynolds, to be signed immediately, preferably without her knowing what the documentation was all about. Here is the story as told by the Senator. From: Reynolds, Margaret. (2007). Living Politics: From the Hawke government to the UN. St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press. (PDF File 852 Kb)
  • Evil Smugglers or Extreme Rhetoric? - Jack H Smit. (2011). The Political Origins and Development of Australia's People Smuggling Legislation: Evil Smugglers or Extreme Rhetoric? Masters by Research (Social Science) Thesis. (PDF File 1.5Mb)
  • Quetta Hazara killings - and an Australian Poster - This document contains three recent photos of the attack at a Shia Muslim rally at Meezan Chowk in Quetta on September 3, 2011 that killed 42 and injured 80 people. As people are cleaning up the bodies, they do so against the backdrop of an Australian Government poster, depicting "a leaky boat" and warning people not to try to come to Australia in "the illegal way". (PDF File 356Kb)
  • Comcare Investigation into the Health and Safety of IDF workers, contractors and detainees - An August 2011 Report by Comcare Investigation into the Health and Safety of Immigration Detention Facility federal workers, contractors and detainees controlled by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. (PDF File 3.9Mb)
  • Verity Edwards, Boat arrivals almost all get visas - A report from The Australian (February 25,2011), revealing that 94% of all maritime asylum seekers arriving in Australia between October 2008 and December 2010 were successful as refugee claimants. (PDF File 60Kb)
  • Scum of the earth? People-smuggling, criminalisation and refugees - A short paper by Michael Grewcock (2010), linking the criminalisation of smugglers to Australia's political intent to stop asylum seekers from arriving on its shores. From Human Rights Defender (UNSW), Vol 19 Issue 3, pp. 14-16. (PDF File 107Kb)
  • Asylum seekers and refugees: Myths, Facts and Solutions - A newly written document, re-formulating the common myths about maritime asylum seekers. All sources are referenced. (PDF File 3.03Mb)
  • Jack H Smit: Malcolm Fraser and commercial refugee voyages - A published academic paper about Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser's response to commercially assisted refugee voyages from Vietnam. (PDF File 203Kb)
  • The Australian: Fraser's 1978 increase in border protection - The Australian July 10 News clippings, detailing a considerable increase in naval and air border surveillance, and rhetorical attempts by opposition leader Bill Hayden alleging 'rackets' will be bringing 'dishonest' refugees to Australia. (PDF File 436Kb)
  • Khalid Koser, Responding to Boat Arrivals - The Lowy Institute for International Policy - "Responding to Boat Arrivals: Time for a Reality Check". This Lowy Institute paper was written in December 2010 by Dr Khalid Koser, Dean of the Geneva Security Policy Centre and International Expert on Migrant Smuggling. (PDF file 480Kb)
  • Lost for 42 days, another tragedy on the horizon - A Fairfax Newspapers report by reporter Natalie O'Brien, Sunday December 26, 2010, including photographs of 13 asylum seekers 'presumed' to be passengers on a missing vessel. (PDF file 1.32Mb)
  • David Marr: Belling the Cat - David Marr, on Human Rights Day, December 10 2010, delivers the 10th Human Rights Oration at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in Melbourne and asks: Does Australia really give a damn about human rights? (PDF file 113Kb)
  • Malcolm Fraser: Melbourne 2010 Refugee Week Launch - Malcolm Fraser's Speech at the Melbourne Launch of 2010 Refugee Week, June 21, 2010. (PDF file 64Kb)
  • Jack H Smit: Smuggling in nasty laws - Jack Smit's Opinion about the Anti-People Smuggling and Other Measures Bill 2010 - from The Fremantle Herald's Thinking Allowed section, May 15 2010, page 5. (PDF file 195Kb)
  • Moss Cass and Queue Jumping Boat People - ALP spokesman on Immigration during the 3rd Fraser Government, Dr Moss Cass, is widely, but incorrectly claimed to have been the first politician in Australia to publicly use the term "queue jumpers" in a column in The Australian in 1978, just two years after the first refugee boat landed on our shores. Here's the article. (PDF File 256 Kb)
  • Sydney Morning Herald: arrival and deportation of the VT838 - Sydney Morning Herald News clippings from October 6 to December 26, 1981, showing the developing saga of the arrival, subsequent charging of the crew and the deportation of all 140 passengers and 6 crew 'because they were a people smuggling vessel. (PDF File 736Kb)
  • Northern Territory News: arrival and deportation of the VT838 - Northern Territory News clippings from October 5 to December 30, 1981, showing the developing saga of the arrival, subsequent charging of the crew and the deportation of all 140 passengers and 6 crew 'because they were a people smuggling vessel. (PDF File 2.27Mb)
  • Canberra Times: arrival and deportation of the VT838 - Canberra Times News clippings from October 6 to December 26, 1981, showing the developing saga of the arrival, subsequent charging of the crew and the deportation of all 140 passengers and 6 crew 'because they were a people smuggling vessel. (PDF File 832Kb)
  • Khalid Koser: Why Migrant Smuggling Pays - One of the world's leading authorities on people smuggling, Khalid Koser, shares his research conducted in Afghanistan, Pakistan and countries in Africa at the 2009 Adelaide Festival of Ideas. Session host Peter Mares at the University of Adelaide, Sunday 29 July 2009. (PDF File 96Kb)
  • Indonesian President SBY addresses both Houses of Parliament - During his 3-day visit to Australia in March 2010, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delivered a landmark speech to the Australian Parliament, also about new people smuggling cooperation initiatives. This is the Hansard extract of that speech. (PDF File 101Kb)
  • Uninvited and unheard: Australia's case of post-Tampa boat arrivals - Jack H Smit, Uninvited and unheard: Australia's case of post-Tampa boat arrivals. TAMARA, Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 8(2), pp. 207-224 - Special Issue: Refugee and Migrant Integration in Developed Nations: The Discovery of Discourse,Sept 2009 (PDF File 880Kb)
  • Michael Grewcock, Conviction, Detention and Removal - Michael Grewcock, Conviction, Detention and Removal: The Multiple Punishment of Offenders under Section 501 Migration Act. UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2009-49 (December 2, 2009). A paper presented to the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, on 24 November 2009 (PDF File 192Kb)
  • Behind Australian Doors: Asylum Seekers in Indonesia - Behind Australian Doors: Examining the Conditions of Detention of Asylum Seekers in Indonesia. A report of a visit to 11 places of detention by Jessie Taylor. Asylum Seekers in Indonesia: Project, Findings & Recommendations, 48 pages (PDF File 1.04Mb)
  • Australian Women's Weekly August 2009: Human Cargo - An article by Women's Weekly reporter Mike Safe about the journey of boat arrivals who use people smugglers. AWW August Edition, pp 74-80, 2009. (PDF File 7.1Mb)
  • The West Australian: Mr Ward feature articles, Sat June 13, 2009 - Front page article "Coroner: Elder's Death a Disgrace", and Amanda Banks' feature article "Apology, repair job follow miserable, avoidable death". (PDF File 2.31Mb)
  • Prof Richard Harding's 2007 Prison Transport Review Report - Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services, Report No 43, May 2007: Thematic Review of Custodial Transport Services in Western Australia - The 2007 Prison Transport Review Report of Prof Richard Harding. (PDF File 2.7 Mb)
  • WA Coroner Alastair Hope's Inquiry Report into Mr Ward - On June 12, 2009, The WA Coroner delivered his Report in the Perth Central Courts, and the findings are damning: "I, Alastair Neil Hope ... having investigated the death of ... find that death occurred as a result of heatstroke in the following circumstances ..." (PDF File 2.4 Mb)
  • SBS Insight: Mohammed and Juliet - A Modern Tragedy - Full text transcript of SBS reporter Sophie McNeill's Award-winning documentary, as screened on SBS Television of 8 May, 2003. (PDF File 171Kb)
  • Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Arrest and Detention of Immigration Children - Report by the Children's Commissioner for England Sir Al Aynsley-Green: The Arrest and Detention of Children Subject to Immigration Control: A report following the Children's Commissioner for England's visit to Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre (PDF File 2.4Mb)
  • The Dirt Files on UK jailhouse company Serco - From inspections ordered at the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, the death of a 24-year old asylum seeker to the death of 14-year-old 'model trainee' Adam Rickwood, and another prisoner dying from meningitis because guards ignored him, UK jailing contractor Serco is not an organisation that ever should have been chosen to jail Australia's refugees - but that is what happened. (PDF files compressed as Zip File 1.2Mb)
  • Stephen McDonald, Involuntary Detention and the Separation of Judicial Power - (Federal Law Review, Vol 35 No 1 (2007), Australian National University Faculty of Law, Canberra ACT) "The power of the Commonwealth Parliament to authorise involuntary detention by the executive government has fallen for consideration by the High Court in a series of recent cases. This article argues for a conceptually coherent approach to detention, which favours substance over form while giving effect to the strict separation of judicial power from legislative and executive power required by the Commonwealth Constitution." (PDF File 538 Kb)
  • Mick Palmer: Inquiry into the Circumstances of the Immigration Detention of Cornelia Rau - "The Inquiry was conducted in accordance with the terms of reference issued on 9 February 2005 and 2 May 2005. As required by the additional terms of reference of 2 May 2005, my report includes commentary and preliminary findings arising from the Examination of the Vivian Alvarez Matter". (PDF File 1.2Mb)
  • Committee Hansard: Perth hearings Immigration detention Inquiry - the Hansard of the Perth hearings of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration's Inquiry into Immigration Detention in Australia. The transcript includes testimony from Scales Legal Community Centre, the Social Justice Centre of the Uniting Church, Linda Briskman from the Human Rights Centre at Curtin University, and Project SafeCom. (PDF File 342 Kb)
  • Minister for Immigration v Al Masri [2003] FCAFC 70, delivered 15 April 2003 - a summary of the famous Al Masri Full Federal Court Case, written by David Bitel for the Refugee Council of Australia. Al Masri, having arrived in Australia unlawfully, was detained at Woomera and his protection visa application was refused by the RRT on 5 December 2001... (PDF File 24 Kb)
  • Working with Wasim: A convergence of community - a paper about an asylum seeker who entered Australia in a dinghy, as published in The Australian Community Psychologist, Vol 20 No 1, June 2008. By Anne Pedersen, Mary Anne Kenny, Linda Briskman, Sue Hoffman (PDF File 439 Kb)
  • Commonwealth Ombudsman - DIAC: Administration of detention debt waiver and write-off - Overall, the Ombudsman's investigation found that DIAC is administering debt waiver and write-off according to the legislative and policy requirements. However, the investigation also found scope for improvement. In particular, DIAC can improve the information it provides to people, timeliness and prioritisation in processing cases, and the consistency and reasonableness of decisions on debt waiver and write-off. (PDF File 129 Kb)
  • Concluding Observations of the Committee Against Torture 2008 - Consideration of Reports Submitted by State Parties under Article 19 of the Convention Against Torture (Australia) ... lack of judicial review ... secrecy surrounding preventative detention ... Convention is only partially incorporated into Federal Law ... State should consider abolishing its policy of Mandatory Detention ... should end the use of excised offshore locations ... providing a medical practitioner is not a human right ... (PDF File 520Kb)
  • Senator Chris Evans' 417 decisions of 4th May 2008 - Updated Report by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre on the new Immigration Minister's 417 decisions as of the 4th of May 2008. With 97.6% rejection, the highest rejection rate the ASRC has had from any Minister since the ASRC started. (PDF File 24Kb)
  • A price too high: the cost of Australia's approach to asylum seekers - The Australian Government's policy of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Nauru, Manus Island and Christmas Island. Results of a research project funded by A Just Australia, Oxfam Australia and Oxfam Novib. (PDF file 289kb)
  • Constructions of racism in the Australian parliamentary debates on asylum seekers - Research by Danielle Every (University of South Australia) and Martha Augoustinos (University of Adelaide): "The proliferation of the subtle and slippery nature of the new racism has made it increasingly difficult to define racism and to develop an effective anti-racist rhetoric with which to challenge it..." (PDF File 208 Kb)
  • Afghani Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Republic of Indonesia - Hassan Ghulam traveled independently to Indonesia in February and again in March 2004 in response to direct invitations from Afghan asylum seekers stranded for more than two years after smugglers' boats were forcibly returned... (PDF File 154 Kb)
  • Hunger strikes are a way of fasting that involves some form of protest - They are usually undertaken by prisoners or other persons in a custodial setting. A guide to understanding hunger strikes and hunger strikers. Sourced from the website of the World Medical Association, Ferney-Voltaire, France. (PDF file 157kB)
  • Refugee Reception and Transitional Processing System - Proposed Alternative approaches to asylum seekers, the full proposal of the Justice for Asylum Seekers (JAS) Alliance Detention Reform Working Group. June 2002. (PDF File, 332kB)
  • Revised Summary Conclusions on Article 31 of the UN Refugee Convention - To 'come directly' from such country via another country or countries in which s/he is at risk or in which generally no protection is available, is also accepted as 'good cause' for illegal entry. (PDF file 105Kb)
  • We've boundless plains to share: First Report of The People's Inquiry into Detention - The People's Inquiry was established as open, independent, transparent and inclusive by the Heads of Schools of Social Work around the country, in order to bear witness to events in Australian immigration detention facilities, whose operations were largely shrouded in official secrecy. (PDF file 2.29Mb)
  • Australians Welcome Refugees, The Untold Story - This report by the United Nations Association Of Australia, published on the occasion of its presentation to the United Nations in Geneva on 29 March 2004, aims to give just a snapshot of the efforts many Australians are making to help asylum seekers confined within prison-like detention centres in isolated areas of Australia or in the Pacific. (WORD document, 81Kb)
  • Australians Welcome Refugees, The Untold Story - This report by the United Nations Association Of Australia, published on the occasion of its presentation to the United Nations in Geneva on 29 March 2004, aims to give just a snapshot of the efforts many Australians are making to help asylum seekers confined within prison-like detention centres in isolated areas of Australia or in the Pacific. (PDF File, 107Kb)
  • Report of the Inquiry into Complaints by Mr Huong Hai Nguyen and Mr Austin Okoye - Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (John von Doussa QC), Inquiry into Complaints against the Commonwealth of Australia and GSL (Australia) Pty Ltd, December 2007, re transportation of detainees from Maribyrnong IDC to Baxter IDF. (PDF File 376 Kb)
  • Findings and Recommendations from Report of Investigation on behalf of DIMIA - Keith Hamburger AM, Findings and Recommendations from Report of Investigation on behalf of DIMIA concerning allegations of inappropriate treatment of five detainees during transfer from Maribyrnong IDC to Baxter IDF (2004) (PDF File 187 Kb)
  • Report of an Announced Inspection of Adult Prisoner Transport Services - Richard Harding, Inspector of Custodial Services, Report of an Announced Inspection of Adult Prisoner Transport Services. Date Inspected: February 2001; Date Published: November 2001. (PDF File 362 Kb)
  • Seeking Asylum in Australia: 1995-2005, Experiences and Policies - Compiled by Susan Aykut and Jessie Taylor and presented at the Monash Conference with the same title (web transcripts here). The Institute for Public History, The Australian Centre for the Study of Jewish Civilization and Monash University [ISBN 0-9757387-3-9] (PDF File 1.62 Mb)
  • Go Away: Punished Not Protected. Temporary Protection Visa Holders' Powerlessness, Federal Politicians' Indifference - Researched and written by The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies with support from "Show Mercy - Rights for Asylum Seekers"; Published January 2003. (PDF File, 210 Kb)
  • RANZCP Conference: The Politics of Exclusion and Denial - The Politics of Exclusion and Denial - The Mental Health Costs of Australia's Refugee Policy. A Paper, written for The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Conference of 10-14 May 2003, by Zachary Steel (M. Psych), Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Lecturer, Psychiatry Research & Teaching Unit, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales. (WORD document 180 Kb)
  • ChilOut Report: The heart of the nation's existence - A review of reports on the treatment of children in Australian detention centres © ChilOut 2002. (WORD document 492 Kb)
  • The Mental Health and Well-being of On-Shore Asylum Seekers in Australia - Derrick Sylove & Zachary Steel, The Mental Health and Well-being of On-Shore Asylum Seekers in Australia. Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit, School of Psychiatry, The University of New South Wales (PDF File 176 Kb)
  • Peter Mares, The generous country? - Asylum seeking in Australia: myths, facts and statistics, at the Conference "What Next? A Public Forum on Asylum Seekers in Australia", on 13 September 2001, Storey Hall RMIT, Melbourne. (PDF File 103 Kb)
  • Asylum Seeker Policy: End Mandatory Detention - End Mandatory Detention - Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policy in Australia. Research, Analysis and Recommendations Undertaken for the Independent Education Union by The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education (February 26, 2002). (PDF File 86 Kb)
  • Sea Change: Australia's New Approach to Asylum Seekers - February 2002 Report by the US Committee for Refugees. (PDF File 779 Kb)
  • UNHCR 2001 World Overview: Refugees by Numbers - At the start of 2001 the number of people 'of concern' to UNHCR was 21.8 million, or one out of every 275 persons on Earth. This compared with a January 1, 2000 figure of 22.3 million ... Afghans constitute the largest single refugee population in the world of concern to UNHCR with an estimated 3.6 million people or 30 percent of the global refugee population. (PDF File 1.2 Mb)
  • Restoring dignity or enforcing stereotypes? Australia's asylum seekers - Document by the Sisters of Mercy Refugee Service, "Responding with Mercy, Striving for Dignity" (PDF File 62 Kb)
  • Draft Summary Report of the Refugee Convention - Draft Summary Report of the Refugee Convention Where to From Here? Centre for Refugee Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 6-9 December 2001. (WORD document 68 Kb)
  • Revised Guidelines on Applicable Criteria and Standards relating to the Detention of Asylum Seekers - An essential UNHCR February 1999 document, also cited in an appeal against the US Attorney-General John Ashcroft on behalf of Haitian Refugees, and sourced by the team of US Human Rights lawyers right here at the Project SafeCom website in 2002. (PDF File 156 Kb)
  • The United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention in pictures - The United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention in pictures, with Questions and Answers. (PDF File 1.3 Mb)
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Climate Change and Sustainability

  • The Australia Institute: Clean coal and other greenhouse myths - This paper by George Wilkenfeld, Clive Hamilton and Hugh Saddler exposes sixteen greenhouse myths, and reiterates the basic principles of an effective greenhouse policy: no new coal-fired generation until it meets the criteria for at least half-clean use; encouragement of renewable and gas-fired generation; an increasingly stringent cap on emissions supported by a tradeable permit system; and stringent minimum energy efficiency standards for vehicles, buildings and appliances. (PDF File 75 Kb)
  • Prof Ross Garnaut Climate Change Review: 4 July Draft Report - The Garnaut Climate Change Review ... was required to examine the impacts of climate change on the Australian economy, and to recommend medium- to long-term policies and policy frameworks to improve the prospects of sustainable prosperity. (PDF File 13.2 Mb)
  • John von Doussa, HREOC Background Paper on Human Rights and Climate Change - A Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission paper, prepared by the Hon John von Doussa QC, Allison Corkery and Renée Chartres. "...whether particular climate change responses relate to local communities in Australia, to immigration policies for people seeking to come to Australia to escape environmental catastrophes, or to funding for adaptation measure overseas, a human rights-based approach to policy development could, and should, be adopted to provide a standard against which policy and resource allocation is evaluated." (PDF File 183 Kb)
  • Jack Ehrhardt: Earthship building, an Ecocentric Method of Construction - A sustainable society is defined as one that satisfies its needs without diminishing the prospects of future generations. Just as building codes are written to preserve the health and safety of the public, sustainable building is emerging as a responsible way for humanity to preserve the health and safety of the planet. (PDF File 1.16 Mb)
  • Australia 2020 Summit: Initial Summit Report - This gathering of 1000 Australians in the Great Hall, then, is not an end in itself, but part of something broader - a public conversation in which all voices are welcome. In the Prime Minister's words, "Government, irrespective of its political persuasion, does not have a monopoly on policy wisdom." (PDF File 1.03 Mb)
  • Prof Ross Garnaut Climate Change Review: Interim Report - The Ross Garnaut Interim Report became public in February 2008. Commissioned by the (then) Opposition ALP leadership, now known as the Kevin Rudd Government, it identifies as addressed to the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments of Australia. (PDF file, 634 Kb)
  • Friends of the Earth: Voices from communities affected by climate change - The Full report by Friends of the Earth International, Friends of the Earth Australia and Oxfam Australia, authored by Polly Buchhorn & Stephanie Long. "When it did happen the bushfire brought my community to its knees, for a time. My family and I were lucky. We lost some fences, but others lost their homes." (PDF File 2.45 Mb)
  • Friends of the Earth Citizens' Guide to Climate Refugees - The Friends of the Earth Citizens' Guide to Climate Refugees. Background information and six Fact Sheets. "While the Earth has always endured natural climate change variability, we are now facing the possibility of irreversible climate change in the near future". (PDF File 2.3 Mb)
  • Walk Against Warming: International Day of Action on Climate Change - Join together in Perth for the International Day of Action on Climate Change! Meet Russel Square (James St) Northbridge, Sat November 4, 2006 12:30pm. Inspiring speakers, great entertainment, local music and a range of informative displays will greet you at the end of the 1km walk which winds up at the Perth Cultural Centre,opposite PICA. (PDF File )
  • US Army Environment Center: Building a Worm Farm - An information sheet from the US Army Environment Center. "Composting organic waste with the help of red wiggler worms is an excellent way to reduce garbage going to landfills while returning vital organic material to the soil ... Over time, the worms turn food waste into rich material that can be added to soil." (PDF File 45 Kb)
  • The Construction of a Fkakkari Yurt - A clear article and technical how-to by Ellisif Fkakkari aka Monica Cellio. "I learned about yurts from Todric and Bakshi of the Moritu, who were gracious enough to take me on a yurt tour; this article describes how to build a yurt that is approximately 16 feet in diameter." (PDF File 42 Kb)
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Forced Asylum Seeker Deportations

The National Anti Deportation AllianceMany of the documents in the section below on Deportation issues were formed or sourced in the context of the National Anti-Deportation Alliance in 2003, which was formed during the period that Australia was intending to forcibly deport dozens of Iranian asylum seekers at the start of what the Government planned to be a deportation of many hundreds of asylum seekers who were held in detention centres. Project SafeCom became the storehouse for the Alliance - see the 'home page' for the Alliance on our website here.

  • National Anti-Deportation Alliance Logo - The NADA Logo, designed by Deborah Kelly. (PDF File 52 Kb)
  • National Anti-Deportation Alliance Anti-Deportation Help Card - A pocket-size Alert Card with the "covert" phone number of the Alliance, as sent to everyone in the Baxter Detention Centre. (PDF File 13 Kb)
  • NADA Information Form for People at Risk of Deportation - National Anti-Deportation Alliance Information Request Form. "This form, like any other documents you receive, should only be completed after consultation with a trusted friend or advocate..." (PDF File 112 Kb)
  • National Anti-Deportation Alliance says: No Forced Deportations - National Anti-Deportation Alliance says "No Forced Deportations" as Iranian deadline looms. A Media Release from May 26 2003. (PDF File 73 Kb)
  • Petition: Statement of Intent to Stop Forced Deportations - A 2-column layout National Anti-Deportation Alliance Petition to the House of Parliament: "We, a national alliance of refugee and asylum seeker advocates, community supporters, legal advisers and activists declare our intent to fight deportations." (WORD document 32 Kb)
  • Leaflet: Statement of Intent to Stop Forced Deportations - National Anti-Deportation Alliance Leaflet: "We will make the Australian government accountable for its deeds in and out of detention centres. These callous crimes will not be committed in our name." (WORD document 38 Kb)
  • Leaflet: Statement of Intent to Stop Forced Deportations - National Anti-Deportation Alliance Leaflet: "We will make the Australian government accountable for its deeds in and out of detention centres. These callous crimes will not be committed in our name." (PDF File 81 Kb)
  • National Anti-Deportation Alliance: No deportations to Iran! - Petition to the Hon Speaker and members of the House of Representatives: "Your petitioners wish to point out that the government of Iran is highly repressive, and that respected human rights organizations such as Amnesty International have reported..." (WORD Rich Text Format 7 Kb)
  • Using direct action to prevent the forcible deportation of asylum seekers - The question "How can we use direct action to prevent the forcible deportation of Asylum Seekers through Perth?" became a call for a large networking phone-in meeting from Western Australia. Document provides a good summary of important anti-deportation considerations. (PDF File 10 Kb)
  • Australian Council of Trade Unions alert to Airline Unions - A deportation alert flyer, issued by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). Comprises printable document of 2 x A5 flyers for handing to Airline Staff - two flyers about forced deportations, two flyers about the Bakhtiyari Family. (WORD document 28 Kb)
  • ACTU International Committee Opposes Refugee Deportations - Statement from the ACTU International Committee to ACTU Executive (July 4, 2003). "Considering that forcible deportations involve life or death situations, violate international treaties and obligations, risks inflicting further persecution upon asylum seekers and is fundamentally unjust, this ACTU International Committee meeting resolves..." (WORD document 22 Kb)
  • Complaint Form to the Committee Against Torture - Complaint Form to the Committee Against Torture, a formal document for communications under article 22 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. From UNIYA, the Jesuit Refugee Service. (WORD document 32 Kb)
  • United Nations Convention against Torture General Comment One - From UNHCR, Implementation of article 3 of the Convention against Torture in the context of article 22 - 21/11/97. Convention against Torture (CAT) General comment 1. The Committee against Torture "shall consider communications received under article 22 in the light of all information made available to it by or on behalf of the individual and by the State party concerned". (PDF File 53 Kb)
  • UNIYA Memo: Complaint to the UN Committee Against Torture - UNIYA Jesuit Social Justice Centre Memo: "Once all available domestic remedies have been exhausted, a complaint could be communicated on behalf of an Iranian asylum seeker to the Committee Against Torture to decide whether their forced deportation violates the obligation of Australia under article 3 of the Torture Convention..." (WORD document 70 Kb)
  • UN Fact Sheet: Procedures for 1503 Complaint or Optional Protocol - Fact Sheet No.7: "A consistent pattern of violations" (the 1503 procedure); the Optional Protocol procedure - Anyone may bring a human rights problem to the attention of the United Nations. This fact sheet explains the procedures, and the ways open to individuals and groups who want the United Nations to take action on a human rights situation that is of concern to them. (WORD document 67 Kb)
  • Heads of Churches in WA to Christians contemplating offering refugees Sanctuary - "Furthermore we recognise that there may be members of our Christian congregations, who, through prayer and reflection, decide that they must obey the teachings of Jesus and offer sanctuary to asylum seekers currently on TPVs in the community who are in danger of being deported from Australia." (WORD document 27 Kb)
  • Uniting Church: Government seeks to Deport Iranian Asylum Seekers - Briefing and Action strategy document of The Uniting Church in Australia. "The Australian Government has failed to recognise Iranian Christian asylum seekers as refugees. Religious persecution remains a problem in Iran. Groups that have been particularly targeted have been Muslims that have converted to Christianity, evangelical Protestant Christians, members of the Baha'i faith and Muslims that dissent from the ruling clerical establishment." (WORD document 53 Kb)
  • UNHCR Media Relations London: Statement Responding to Forcible Return of Afghans - A UNHCR statement in response to first forcible returns of Afghans by the UK Government on 28 April 2003. (PDF File 140 Kb)
  • No Deportations to Iran - Perth Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) - Flyer from the Perth Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN). "Detainees in South Australia's Baxter detention centre were told on Monday April 28 that they had 28 days to accept voluntary return or face the dire consequences of involuntary repatriation." (PDF File 77 Kb)
  • Flyer for Arriving Passengers at Airports - Distribution Flyer from the Perth Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) used at Perth International Airport, in Melbourne and in Sydney. (PDF File 9 Kb)
  • Flyer for Departing Passengers at Airports - Distribution Flyer from the Perth Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) used at Perth International Airport, in Melbourne and in Sydney. (PDF File 12 Kb)
  • Report by the Australian Senate: Removals From Australia - Chapter 10 of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee's Report 'Sanctuary Under Review'. The full report can be accessed on the Parliament of Australia website at this location. (PDF File 12 Kb)
  • Uniting Church Report on Deaths following Deportation - Report by the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) on deaths following removal from Australia. The document contains two deportation case studies. (WORD document 49 Kb)
  • UK Institute of Race Relations: Deaths During Deportation - Analysis: Deaths during forced deportation. By Liz Fekete, The Institute of Race Relations (January 2003). The report contains case details of nine deaths during forced deportations in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, France, Austria and the United Kingdom. (WORD document 51 Kb)
  • C v Australia: UN Communication No 900 - Report of the UN Human Rights Committee in relation to an Assyrian Christian Asylum Seeker in Port Phillip Prison (WORD document, 81Kb)
  • Noone should be deported without an independent review - Refugee Action Committee Canberra: Letter to DIMIA Staff, Canberra, 24 May 2003. (WORD document, 43Kb)
  • Media Release: Threatened removal of Iranian Asylum Seekers - Uniting Church of Australia, WA Synod Office, Media Release 28 May 2003. (WORD document, 53Kb)
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The Bakhtiari family cover-up

  • Bakhtiari family: Identity evidence from Afghanistan - This is a file with documentation presented to Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone by lawyers for the Bakhtiari family, faxed to the Minister's office on 21 January 2004. This "new evidence" was ignored by the minister. (PDF File 1,984 Kb)
  • Bakhtiari family: Solicitor Paul Boylan's letter to The Australian - "Your comment in today's edition of your paper that 'nobody can suggest that the courts have not had a good look at the family's claim' grossly misleads the Australian public. [....] clause provides in part that Mr Bakhtiyari's Refugee Review Tribunal decision 'must not be challenged, appealed against, reviewed, quashed or called in question in any court'." (PDF File 34 Kb)
  • The Bahktiari Files Part One - Media coverage of the Bahktiari case: from February 10, 2002 (Innocents in centre of a storm) to February 4 2003 (High Court upholds Tampa laws) (WORD document compressed as Zip File 153 kB)
  • The Bahktiari Files Part Two - Media coverage of the Bahktiari case: from 24 July 2003 (SA Govt prepares child detention challenge) to November 20, 2003 (Detentions challenge can proceed) (WORD document compressed as Zip File 120 kB)
  • The Bahktiari Files Part Three - Media coverage of the Bahktiari case: from April 29 2004 (MEDIA RELEASE: High Court Ruling does not undo Children's Rights breaches) to December 26, 2004 (Bakhtiyaris 'unlikely' to be deported today) (WORD document compressed as Zip File 182 kB)
  • The Bahktiari Files Part Four - Media coverage of the Bahktiari case: from 20 December 2004 (Boylan & Co., Barristers, Solicitors, Conveyancers & Notaries, Re: The Bakhtiyari Family) to 19 January 2005 (Julian Burnside: A day of reflection) (WORD document compressed as Zip File 117 kB)
  • The Bahktiari Files Part Five - Media coverage of the Bahktiari case: from September 28, 2005 (Bakhtiari case 'won't be reopened') to October 07, 2005 (The Australian, Editorial: Two boys betrayed) (WORD document compressed as Zip File 100 kB)
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SIEV X Campaign resources

  • The SIEV X National Memorial Project - Getting Started - The SIEV X National Memorial Project is an Australia-wide Young People's Art Collaboration, to design and build a memorial to the people of SIEV X, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. If you would like to receive further information, curriculum materials, and teacher guidelines early in 2004, please Fax this form today. (PDF File 83 Kb)
  • The SIEV X National Memorial Project - Draft guidelines - The SIEV X National Memorial Project is an Australia-wide Young People's Art Collaboration, to design and build a memorial to the people of SIEV X, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. These are the Draft Guidelines for your Art Work to be submitted. (PDF File 22 Kb)
  • The SIEV X National Memorial Project - Brochure - Art Teachers, Technology and Design Teachers, as well as Social Studies and English Departments of secondary schools are invited to have their students participate in the SIEV X National Memorial Project. (PDF File 47 Kb)
  • The SIEV X National Memorial Project - The SIEV X National Memorial Project Briefing paper. The SIEV X National Memorial Project is an Australia-wide Young People's Art Collaboration, to design and build a memorial to the people of SIEV X, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. (PDF File 363 Kb)
  • Refugee Action Committee: The SIEV X dossier - The Refugee Action Committee asks: "Why did 353 asylum seekers die? Is the Australian government involved?" (PDF File 138 Kb)
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Community Campaign Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005

  • AMCRAN Terrorism Guide: ASIO, The Police and You (2nd edition) - What do I do if ASIO or the AFP come to visit me? ... Do not make a statement or give an interview to the police unless you have talked to a lawyer first ... Produced by Australian Muslim Civil Rights Advocacy Network (AMCRAN) and UTS Community Law Centre. (PDF File 829 Kb)
  • Edmund Rice Centre: Debunking Myths about Muslims in Australia - Issued as part of the series "Just Comment". "Through accepting and respecting cultural, religious and social difference, the opportunity exists for a more cohesive society." A joint publication of Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education & The School of Education, Australian Catholic University. (PDF File 128 Kb)
  • Amnesty International Australia Petition: Opposition to the Anti-Terrorism Bill (No 2) 2005 - We, the undersigned, respect the role that governments must play in protecting the security of their citizens, but also believe that the rights and privileges enjoyed by Australians are not best protected in the long term by the removal of basic civil liberties and human rights. (PDF File 153 Kb)
  • Gilbert + Tobin: Senate Inquiry Submission on the Anti-Terrorism Bill (No 2) 2005 - "The Bill proposes significant restrictions on the rights and freedoms of people in Australia. Laws that restrict rights should only be made after a fair opportunity for public debate and parliamentary scrutiny." From the Gilbert + Tobin Center of Public Law's Dr Andrew Lynch, Dr Ben Saul, Professor George Williams. (PDF File 252 Kb)
  • Gilbert + Tobin Center of Public Law: Dr Ben Saul's Briefing On Proposed Australian Counter-terrorism Laws - It seems difficult to justify very intrusive preventative detention measures, control orders, notices to produce, extended time limits on ASIO warrants, stop, search and question powers, and higher penalties for giving false or misleading information to ASIO ... how exactly will federal terrorism offences be "clarified"? The Australian definition of terrorism is already very broad compared with the European Union definition, and attempts to broaden it further cannot be supported, particularly since it triggers exceptional powers. (PDF File 46 Kb)
  • Project SafeCom Infosheet 18: Terror Laws Information Sheet - In our view the TAMPA drama, the legislation and the ensuing horrors were not really about refugees, but about Australian conservative politicians trying to establish a dictatorship by elected government through the sneaky and incremental exclusion of scrutiny and review by Australian courts and through a subtle undermining of the role and powers of the judiciary. (PDF File 25 Kb)
  • Perth Forum: What you can do about the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 - The PM and Attorney-General say the final draft of this Anti-terrorism legislation will not be substantially changed. It will attack human rights and undermine fundamental legal protections that ensure freedom from arbitrary detention and freedom of association, expression and movement. (PDF File 227 Kb)
  • The November 4 Perth Terror Laws Forum: Promotional Flyer - More and more Australians are deeply troubled about the unprecedented powers contained in the Federal Government's draft anti-terrorism legislation. Forum on Friday November 4th 2005, Social Sciences Lecture Theatre University of WA. (PDF File 175 Kb)
  • Write to your MP or Senator: Will you Cross The Floor, Senator? - You can use this sample letter as a guide for your action or draft your own letter. This sample letter needs to be sent to your local MP and State Senator, especially if this MP is a Coalition MP or Senator. (WORD document 22 Kb)
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Christmas Island Detention Centre Campaign

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Other Action & Campaign Resources

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