Nauru's parliament elects Lionel Aingimea as president amid refugee crisis | World news

Nauru’s parliament elects Lionel Aingimea as president amid refugee crisis | World news

Nauru’s new president, Lionel Aingimea, says he will be like a “father of the nation”, guiding and protecting the South Pacific island’s 12,000 people. Aingimea won the vote for presidency on Tuesday, 12 votes to six, against former finance minister David Adeang. Former president Baron Waqa, who has led the nation for the past six […]

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Pakistani refugee sets himself alight on Nauru | World news

Pakistani refugee sets himself alight on Nauru | World news

A 36-year-old Pakistani refugee has been hospitalised after he set himself alight on Nauru on Friday. This comes amid warnings the government’s attempts to repeal the medevac laws could have fatal consequences, and accusations by Medecins Sans Frontieres that Nauru has breached medical ethics. There are also concerns that more than 50 men were sent […]

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Peter Dutton brought child refugee to Australia after lobbying from Nauru | Australia news

Peter Dutton brought child refugee to Australia after lobbying from Nauru | Australia news

Peter Dutton approved a plan to bring a refugee child to Australia after lobbying from Nauru, despite warnings from his department that it would be seen as a contradiction of the policy not to resettle people in Australia who came by boat. Dutton made the intervention on behalf of a stateless Rohingyan unaccompanied minor whose […]

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Peter Dutton claims asylum seekers refusing resettlement in US due to medevac laws | Australia news

Peter Dutton claims asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island and Nauru are refusing resettlement offers in the United States because of the medevac legislation, claiming 250 applications for medical transfer were currently being reviewed by “activist” doctors. Despite conceding last week the US was “unlikely” to resettle 1,250 refugees under the deal Malcolm Turnbull […]

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Peter Dutton condemned for ‘vile and offensive’ Nauru rape claims | Australia news

Peter Dutton’s claim that pregnant rape victims on Nauru were “trying it on” by seeking abortions in Australia and then changing their minds is an appalling act of politicisation and victim blaming, federal politicians, advocates and lawyers for the women have said. On Thursday the home affairs minister was objecting to laws that allow critically […]

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Do Dutton’s medevac law claims stack up against court ruling? – explainer | Australia news

Peter Dutton has indicated he will appeal a federal court’s decision to allow doctors to assess a patient’s need for a medical transfer from Nauru based on their medical file. The home affairs minister, who hopes to have the medevac legislation repealed by the parliament, has warned the ruling sets a precedent which could encourage […]

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Labor’s new leadership team stays firm in support of medevac law | Australia news

Labor’s new leadership team has flagged it will stay firm in its support of controversial medevac legislation, which allows sick refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to be evacuated to Australia. While the government’s push to repeal the law still needs to be debated by the Labor caucus and shadow cabinet, the new leader, Anthony […]

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Where does the Coalition’s re-election leave refugees on Manus and Nauru? | Australia news

Asylum seekers and refugees say the mental health of those on Manus Island, in Port Moresby and Nauru has deteriorated dramatically, with many citing the re-election of Australia’s Coalition government as a tipping point. With no change in government policy expected, what is the situation in Australia’s offshore detention system, and what are the prospects […]

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Medevac law repeal a priority, Coalition says, as self-harm rises among refugees | Australia news

The re-elected Coalition government is pushing forward with plans to repeal the medical evacuation laws amid a spike in suicide attempts and self-harm among offshore refugees and asylum seekers. After the federal election on Saturday, the prime minister, Scott Morrison, has identified repealing the legislation as a priority. The medevac bill sets out conditions by […]

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Scott Morrison leads PR sortie to reopened Christmas Island | Australia news

Scott Morrison has indicated it is possible that asylum seekers with serious medical emergencies will continue to be treated in Australia, while taking a pool of reporters to Christmas Island to showcase the facilities the government has reopened at an estimated cost of $1.4bn over four years. The prime minister led reporters on a tour […]

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