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Solidarity action with Metropolitan Assessment Prisoners

Remand prison riot over smoking ban

First Nations Liberation organised an action on June 30 in solidarity with the inmates, at the Metropolitan Assessment Prison, colloquially known as Metropolitan Aboriginal Prison because so many of the inmates are Aboriginal, following the riot that took place there in response to smoking bans due to commence on July 1.

The action included a smoking ceremony.
The ABC reported that about 300 prisoners were involved in the disturbance, which included breaching a “secure inner perimeter”.

Unions vote to support asylum seekers

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation delegates in Victoria voted to campaign on behalf of asylum seekers on June 24. The vote took place after Marianne Evers spoke about the appalling conditions for asylum seekers on Nauru that she witnessed in 2012.

The NTEU Monash branch committee unanimously adopted a motion on June 10 against forced deportations of asylum seekers.

The meeting called on the Australian government to stop deporting asylum seekers to Iraq, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan or elsewhere to danger and end offshore processing.

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