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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.

26 Apr 2017 description

The Australian Government will provide an additional $110 million over three years in humanitarian and stabilisation assistance for Iraq. This funding will help combat the Islamist terrorist group ISIS.

ISIS has now lost over 60% of the territory it once held in Iraq. More than two million people were liberated from its grasp in 2016. But there is more to be done.

26 Apr 2017 description

Update on the Dengue Situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


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).


26 Apr 2017 description

Australia has been labelled 'a rogue state' by lawyers troubled by the pending deportation of a Manus Island asylum seeker from Papua New Guinea.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

26 Apr 2017 description

At 28 February 2017, there were 1,383 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,119 in immigration detention on the mainland and 264 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 550 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 24,760 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

24 Apr 2017 description
report CARE

CARE Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment of $10 million to support people facing starvation and other effects of ongoing conflict in Yemen.

The aid agency’s Chief Executive Sally Moyle said: “The situation in Yemen is catastrophic. The Australian Government’s funding is vital to help alleviate the suffering. It is also a welcome recognition of just how dire the situation has become. But unless a political solution to the conflict is found, people in Yemen will continue to suffer.”

24 Apr 2017 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide a package of assistance to address the immediate needs of the people of Yemen.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has worsened significantly. Over three million people have been displaced from their homes and 14 million people do not have sufficient food, including seven million on the verge of starvation.

Our assistance of $10 million will help to deliver food, healthcare, water and sanitation to protect the lives of vulnerable people, including women and children affected by the crisis.

22 Apr 2017 description

The Senate
Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Chair's foreword

Australia's policy of offshore processing has been the subject of a number of Senate inquiries. These inquires have been highly critical of many aspects of the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) policy.
The evidence which this committee has received has fallen primarily within three main areas:

  • the operation and administration of RPCs, including service delivery, incident reporting, and health, safety and welfare;

21 Apr 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 16-22 April 2017 and includes updates on influenza, cholera, poliomyelitis, measles, legionnaires' disease and yellow fever.

20 Apr 2017 description

People brought to Australia under the Federal Government’s refugee resettlement program have the most to lose from foreshadowed changes to the citizenship process, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says.

RCOA chief executive officer Paul Power said the tougher English language requirements and the restrictions on the number of times an applicant can sit the citizenship test would most likely result in fewer former refugees seeking citizenship and more failing in their attempts to become citizens.

18 Apr 2017 description

By Joy Kisselpar

Authorities in Papua New Guinea are investigating a shooting at the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island allegedly committed by PNG Defence Force personnel on Friday.

The soldiers allegedly fired shots into the detention centre after a fight with asylum seekers.

The shooting was reportedly in response to an earlier fight between asylum seekers and PNG Defence Force personnel from the adjacent Lombrum Naval Base.

16 Apr 2017 description

One inmate was reportedly hit in the head by a rock thrown over the fence

By Peter Gosnell

SYDNEY, April 15 (Reuters) - Violence has flared at an Australian asylum-seeker detention centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and shots were fired when local people tried to break into the centre after an argument got out of hand, media and a rights group reported on Saturday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

14 Apr 2017 description

Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge, Reporter

Refugees detained by Australia on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island say uncertainty about their future fuelled this week's riot over food.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

13 Apr 2017 description

The Australian Government today announced additional support worth one million dollars to the Government of Pakistan and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Pakistan to improve nutrition, eliminate hunger and attain food security by fortifying food.

13 Apr 2017 description


Horn of Africa

Affected areas Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan

Cause of displacement Disaster (Drought, food insecurity and conflict)

Figures More than 464,000 new displacements between 1 November 2016 and 24 March 2017