Refugees on hunger strike against indefinite detention in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation are so ill their bodies are shutting down. Chloe DS spoke to Arya, one of the hunger strikers.
Trains have been made accessible for wheelchair users, but trams have not. Chloe DS and Chris Peterson report on the campaign to rectify this.
Chris Petersen and Chloe DS report that 14 refugees have been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest at their imprisonment.
If the Murugappan refugee family is released from Perth community detention, they are likely to join 18,000 others on insecure temporary visas. Chloe DS reports on the cruel visa system.
Refugee rights supporters gathered outside the Park Hotel prison again to demand the detainees be released and for all detention centres to be closed down. Chloe DS reports.
The release of refugees from detention has given activists hope that there will be a change in policy. But, as Chloe DS writes, they won't stop organising until all refugees are released and given permanent protection.
A sizable protest in Melbourne demanded freedom for refugees detained in a hotel prison, reports Chloe DS.
Chloe DS reports that refugees were forcibly transferred under excessive police presence from the Mantra hotel in Melbourne's north to a former COVID-19 hotspot in the CBD.
The City of Moreland Council has condemned a secret immigration detention centre in Fawkner and urged the Victorian government to change planning laws to disallow such cruelty, reports Chloe DS.
Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton will be able to continue working on unfinished community projects, after being reelected for a third term on Moreland City Council, reports Chloe DS.
Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) organised an online rally to discuss widespread concern about draconian laws being used against activists, reports Chloe DS.
Sue Bolton, who is seeking re-election for a third term on Moreland City Council, says the COVID-19 pandemic has proven the privatisation of care work leads to deadly results. Chloe DS reports.