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23 May 2017 description

Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge, Reporter

Asylum seekers detained by Australia on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have written to the New Zealand prime minister Bill English to request asylum.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

22 May 2017 description

By political correspondent Louise Yaxley

Key points:

  • Immigration Department Secretary Mike Pezzullo says "quite a number of shots" were fired into the compound

  • An earlier statement originally said only one weapon was fired and no-one was injured

  • Mr Pezzullo stressed to Senate estimates that the original statement was based on the information available at the time

16 May 2017 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek

Asylum seekers on Manus Island have been told they must leave the Australian-funded detention centre so it can be closed.

Papua New Guinea immigration officials told the more than 800 men in the detention centre that demolition work would start soon on parts of the accommodation.

16 May 2017 description

At 31 March 2017, there were 1,328 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,048 in immigration detention on the mainland and 280 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 544 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 24,063 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

15 May 2017 description

China (No update)
As of 31 March 2017, there were 67 cases of dengue reported in China in 2017. This number is slightly lower than that reported during the same period in 2016 (91 cases) (Figure 1).

15 May 2017 description

Digital verification of images and videos establishes that bullets were fired directly into the Manus refugee centre on 14 April, putting the lives of refugees and asylum-seekers there in danger, a new Amnesty International briefing says today.

The new briefing, In the Firing Line, directly contradicts initial claims made by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Papua New Guinea Police, suggesting that the soldiers only fired bullets into the air.

12 May 2017 description


​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 7 May - 13 May 2017 and includes updates on influenza, measles, hepatitis A, cholera, type E botulism, yellow fever and Legionnaires' disease.

11 May 2017 description
report Caritas Australia

Caritas Australia has expressed deep disappointment in this year’s federal budget, with a fourth consecutive cut to the overseas aid program that sees another $303.3 million taken from the poor.

This comes at a time when the world is experiencing a range of unprecedented humanitarian crises, with over 20 million people facing starvation in East Africa and Yemen and tens of millions of people fleeing war and persecution in Syria.

10 May 2017 description

ACFID has called for the Government to put stability first after the introduction of a stop-start aid budget which fails to match-up to the reality of global challenges, like climate change, food crises and the insecurity faced by displaced people.

The Australian aid budget as a percentage of national income has fallen to new historic lows, with spending of just 22 cents in every 100 dollars (AUD) in 2017-18, remaining on a downward trajectory to 20 cents in every $100 by 2020-21.

10 May 2017 description

The Government’s 2017 Budget falls short of making a significant contribution to addressing the global refugee crisis, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says.

“Although the increase in the refugee intake provides a glimmer of hope for some, this Budget sadly misses the mark in creating meaningful and humane solutions for refugees and people seeking asylum,” RCOA chief executive officer Paul Power said.

09 May 2017 description

Note by the Secretariat

The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, on his mission to Australia and the regional processing centres in Nauru from 1 to 18 November 2016.

09 May 2017 description

Commenting on the aid budget, following the lock-up at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, CEO of the Australian Council for International Development, Marc Purcell, said:

“Off the back of swinging cuts worth $11.3bn over the last four years, the aid budget is set to decline yet again. This is a further cut of over $300m over four years.

03 May 2017 description

Key figures

  • 43,000 Rohingya refugees estimated to have crossed from northern Rakhine State into Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh in 2016

  • 168,500 Rohingya refugees who have led Myanmar since 2012, including 44,000 in 2016

  • 112,500 Rohingya refugees believed to have travelled by sea to Malaysia from 2012 to 2015

  • 18% Percentage of surveyed Rohingya refugee women and girls married before the age of 16

03 May 2017 description

Executive summary

This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2014-15. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework for the aid program.
Chapter 1 reviews progress towards the 10 strategic targets set by the Government to assess the performance of the aid program as a whole. Good progress has been made against the strategic targets.

03 May 2017 description

Executive Summary

This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2015-16. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework.

28 Apr 2017 description

A Papua New Guinea MP has urged Australia's Minister of Immigration to reveal evidence behind a claim about unrest on Manus Island.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International.

27 Apr 2017 description

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, 27 April 2017 - Australia estimates that its annual economic losses from disasters will triple to US$17.7 billion by 2050 as it embarks on a new initiative to integrate climate change action and disaster resilience.