Phil Glendenning - Speech to Eureka Commemoration Dinner

We gather at a particularly difficult and uncertain point internationally: Brexit has happened and Donald Trump is no longer a loud brash badly behaved host of a bad reality TV show. This is the so-called “post-truth” era, or as Christos Tsiolkas describes it, a time of “willed ignorance”. It’s a worry.

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Four Corners and Amnesty International report revelations must be the final straw

Last night’s episode of Four Corners and the release of a major report by Amnesty International must be the final straw for Australia’s offshore processing policies.

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Manus Island Deportations amount to refoulement

Confirmation that the deportation of people currently on Manus Island will commence this month is deeply concerning and represents a breach of Australia’s non-refoulement obligations, according to the Edmund Rice Centre.

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Prime Minister Turnbull’s refugee announcements are a good start – but more must be done

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement that Australia will permanently maintain its annual humanitarian intake of 18,750 is a good start - but must not mask the ‘elephant in the room’ that is the desperate plight of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru.

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Release of “Nauru Files” is further evidence that offshore detention is unsustainable – we need a better way

Following the release by The Guardian of over 2,000 documents outlining reports of abuse, neglect and self-harm on Nauru, the Edmund Rice Centre is calling for a bipartisan response to resolve the crisis in Australia’s offshore detention system. 

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