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Death in the sun: Australia’s 88-day law leaves backpackers exploited and exposed

The 2017 death of Olivier Caramin joins a growing list of problems backpackers can face in rural jobs, including rape, harassment and underpayment Martin Hand knew something was wrong as he watched a fellow backpacker stagger down the road in the searing heat of a Queensland summer. Hand, a British traveller, had been picking pumpkins on a farm near Ayr, a small country town 10km (6 miles) from the coast, along with other young backpackers including a 27-year-old Belgian, Olivier Max Caramin. The day was hot the temperature had reached…

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Julie Bishop hits back at Trump over Brigitte Macron remark but says refugee deal intact

Australias foreign affairs minister says she would be taken aback if US president made comment to her The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, has assured voters that the refugee swap agreement between Australia and the United States is still intact, Australia struck its one-off refugee swap deal with the former US president Barack Obama last year to provide refuge to up to 1,250 asylum seekers but it ran into trouble earlier this year Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president, when he was standing with her in the marbled…

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Peter Dutton’s office tells Canadian-Australian: ‘go back to US and deal with Trump’

Doug Stetner, who has represented Australia in underwater rugby, called Duttons office to voice support for asylum seekers A Canadian-born Australian citizen who called Peter Duttons Brisbane office to voice opposition to treatment of asylum seekers says an electorate officer told him to go back to the United States then and deal with Trump. Doug Stetner, an Australian citizen for 21 years, who represented the national mens team at the 2015 underwater rugby world cup in Colombia, said the response from the immigration ministers staffer was both offensive and comical.…

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25 years of mandatory detention from ‘interim measure’ to immovable policy | Eve Lester

The human effects of this 25 year-old stopgap policy have been massive. So many have suffered terrible indignities, but it was never meant to be like this Twenty-five years ago, 5 May 1992, seemed to be just another day at the office. I was working at a community legal centre in Melbourne. Our office was a windowless cubbyhole in a Migrant Resource Centre in a back street of Prahran a space shared with another community legal centre, social workers, English as a second language teachers and countless community groups, their…

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Mike Pence reaffirms ‘historical alliance’ between US and Australia in Turnbull meeting

US vice president is expected to smooth relations between Washington and Canberra after Januarys strained phone call between Trump and Turnbull North Korea, the war in Syria and trade are all expected to be discussed during US vice president Mike Pences whirlwind weekend visit to Australia. Americas second most powerful man met Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney and will meet senior government officials and business leaders later on Saturday. Pence thanked Turnbull for his warm welcome to Australia and said he brought greetings from President Trump. I spoke to him first…

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‘Neighbours to newcomers’ portraits from Tamworth

Stories and photographs of families who have found peace and pride after resettling in Tamworth, New South Wales, a regional centre that has been transformed since 2006 when it drew national ire for its rejection of refugees In a country town we need to all work together, know each other, says Tamworth resident and refugee advocate Eddie Whitham. We need to find a common ground. Its not going to work if we have isolated people. We want to make our town work. The hope is that this will become a…

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