Weekly media round-up No. 51

Earlier this week the High Court held a hearing regarding the 157 Tamil asylum seekers held for several weeks in an Australian customs vessel in July. A High Court judge said the case would determine the Australian Government’s power to detain asylum seekers on the high seas.

The Australian Government set aside 4400 places within the existing refugee program for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the success of Operation Sovereign Borders ‘allowed more places to be returned to our humanitarian program.’

Fairfax media reported that Australia will enter into an agreement with Cambodia to the resettle asylum seekers currently held in offshore detention. A Cambodian official said Mr Morrison would visit Phnom Penh to discuss the agreement within days.

A group of anonymous Save the Children workers from Nauru submitted a report to a national inquiry into children in detention. The report described systematic human rights violations and incidents of physical, sexual and verbal abuse. Mr Morrison will give evidence at the inquiry later this week.