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Australia’s shame: second asylum seeker suicide in two months

Submitted by martin on 7 December, 2010 - 7:26 Author: Lynn Smith

An Iraqi asylum seeker, Ahmad, committed suicide at Villawood detention centre on Monday November 15.
Fellow detainees found the man hanging in a bathroom and took him down. It took 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

Ahmad was 41 years old and had a wife and four children. He’d been in detention, on Christmas Island and in Villawood, for over a year.

He had been rejected twice under off-shore processing arrangements found to be invalid in a recent High Court decision.

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Union organisation for backpackers!

Submitted by martin on 28 November, 2010 - 8:05 Author: Hannah Thompson

Australia makes up for its relatively liberal immigration laws in several ways.

One is a contempt for the human rights of asylum seekers, resulting in overcrowded detention centres and scapegoating of 'boat people' in its general elections.

Another is designing its visa system so as to ensure an endless supply of cheap labour from backpackers wishing to stay in the country an extra year.

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