Melbourne Immigration Transit Accomodation (MITA)

Ending deportations will be the real character test for the new Labor government, writes Janet Parker.

Detainees on 501s continue to be forcibly flown from Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation centre to Christmas Island detention centre. Chloe DS reports.

Several hundred people protested to free the refugees imprisoned in the Park Hotel and Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation prisons. Andrea Bortoli reports.

The Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) discussed the “God” powers of the immigration minister, so named because of their unlimited nature. Chris Slee reports.

Chris Petersen and Chloe DS report that 14 refugees have been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest at their imprisonment. 

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.

The federal government has successfully turned a humanitarian decision into a cruel one by forcing the transfer of a frail detainee from one detention centre in Melbourne to a remote one in Western Australia, reports Chloe DS.

Despite a Federal Court ruling that a detainee from MITA must be released, minister Peter Dutton is moving to torture them further, report Michael O’Reilly and Pip Hinman.

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