A two-week coronial inquest into the death of Hamid Kehazaei, an asylum seeker who had been detained on Manus Island, concluded this week in Queensland. Kehazaei died at Brisbane's Mater Hospital as a result of severe sepsis from a leg infection in September 2014. The inquest heard new evidence from medical staff and health professionals, as well as from Department of Immigration and Border Protection staff. Evidence detailed the worsening condition of Kehazaei while being treated in detention and the limited responses that ultimately led to his death.
In the United States, two influential Republican politicians wrote to the Obama administration demanding declassification of information about the deal with the Australian Government to resettle refugees currently on Manus Island and Nauru. Commentators have recognised a potential risk to this resettlement deal when Republican President-elect Donald Trump takes office in early 2017.
This week, around 500 teachers across Australia will wear shirts with messages calling for an end to Australia’s offshore detention of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has condemned the protest, coordinated by Teachers for Refugees, as ‘absolutely inappropriate in classrooms’ because ‘teachers should be focused on teaching’.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce offered support for the replication and expansion of a successful refugee resettlement model in rural northern New South Wales. The arrival of three refugee families has helped to revive the small town of Mingoola.