Weekly media wrap - 6 October 2019

The United Nations called on the Australian Government to end the ongoing detention of the Tamil family on Christmas Island. The UN-issued interim measures request that the family be transferred into a community setting or that alternative measures be taken to release them from detention within 30 days. The measure is non-compellable, and the Department of Home Affairs has stated that the family will not be removed from Christmas Island while judicial review proceedings are underway.

The Australian Government continued to refuse to release a report which, according to various news outlets, calls on the government to foster a more positive narrative on refugees and recommends increased funding for settlement services. The government rejected Freedom of Information requests to make the report public, however it is anticipated that the report may be released at the end of the year alongside a government response. 

A woman who formerly taught English to asylum seekers and refugees at the Nauru immigration detention centre sought to sue Broadspectrum, the offshore detention operator, for debilitating ill heath caused by black mould in her accommodation. The case is currently before the Queensland Supreme Court, however it was adjourned due to disagreement over which jurisdiction applied.