Asylum Seeker events in Australia

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  • Temporary protection visa

    A Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) was an Australian visa document introduced by the Howard Government on 20 October 1999, which was issued to persons who had been recognised as refugees fleeing persecution. The scheme was controversial, with the government claiming it was a necessary response to the misuse of the asylum process by unauthorised arrivals. Refugee advocates described TPVs as a cruel way to treat people which left asylum seekers with an uncertain future.
  • Tampa affair

    When the Tampa entered Australian waters, the Prime Minister ordered the ship be boarded by Australian special forces. This brought censure from the government of Norway who said the Australian Government failed to meet obligations to distressed mariners under international law at the United Nations
  • Start of Pacific Solution

    The Pacific Solution was the name given to the Australian government policy (2001–2007) of transporting asylum seekers to detention camps on small island nations in the Pacific Ocean, rather than allowing them to land on the Australian mainland.
  • John Howard’s election campaign policy launch speech

    John Howard’s election campaign policy launch speech:
    'It is also about having an uncompromising view about the fundamental right of this country to protect its borders. It’s about this nation saying to the world we are a generous open hearted people taking more refugees on a per capita basis than any country except Canada. We have a proud record of welcoming people from 140 different nations. But we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.'
  • Immigration pay boy $400,000

    A $400,000 federal government compensation payout to an 11-year-old Iranian boy who suffered psychological harm in Australian detention centres has been described by his lawyers as a "landmark outcome''.
  • New facilities built in Christmas Island

    In 2007, the Department of Immigration finished construction of an Immigration Reception and Processing Centre on Christmas Island. The centre, which contains approximately 800 beds, cost over $400 million to build and at least $30 million a year to run.Originally estimated to cost $210 million, the final cost was over $400 million.
  • Villawood targeted as worst in country

    THE high-security section at Villawood in Sydney is the "most prison-like" of all Australia's detention centres and should be closed immediately, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission has recommended.
  • The end of the "Pacific Solution"

    During the campaign for the 2007 parliamentary election, Australian Labor Party candidate Kevin Rudd promised to put an end to the 'Pacific Solution' if he were elected.
  • Rudd Government marks 100th asylum seeker boat

    THE number of asylum seeker boats intercepted since the Rudd Government took office has climbed to 100, with two more vessels carrying 85 people intercepted.
  • Suspension of processing for asylum

    On 9 April 2010, Senator Chris Evans, Immigration Minister, announced that, with immediate effect, no new applications for people from Afghanistan would be processed for six months ; and for Sri Lankans, three months. Senator Evans was quoted as saying that this change would result in a higher rate of refusal of claims based on circumstances in these countries.
  • Changes under the Gillard Government

    Julia Gillard announced that changes would be made to Australia's mandatory detention policy, and that more children and families would be moved out of immigration detention centres into community-based accommodation, such as centres run by churches and charities.
  • Asylum seeker injured during transfer

    The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre's Pamela Curr said 23 men from the Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre were woken by staff early on Saturday morning to board flights to Darwin's Northern Immigration Detention Centre.
  • Gillard cuts Malaysian asylum seeker deal

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard made an agreement with Malaysian Prime Minister that hundreds of boat peope will be sent to Malaysia.
  • Abbott says deal with Malaysia appalling

    Mr Abbott says Labor's asylum seeker policy - including a $300 million deal with Malaysia and the expansion of onshore centres - is an example of it "haemorrhaging money".
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