Nauru asylum seekers hunger strikes enters fifth day

Asylum seekers sent by Australia to the tiny island of Nauru entered the fifth day of a hunger strike yesterday, vowing to continue their protest indefinitely, refugee advocates said.

Tuesday, 6 November, 2012, 3:27am

Australia’s refugee rules will not work: Indonesian official

An armed Indonesian maritime police officer escorts Australia-bound asylum seekers on to a maritime police boat in the port of Banten on October 9. Photo: AFP

Australia’s new policies designed to stem an influx of boatpeople will not deter thousands of asylum-seekers from trying to reach the country, a top Indonesian immigration official said on Friday.

2 Nov 2012 - 12:28pm

Australia to extend reach of tough refugee policy

The island state of Nauru. Photo: AFP

Australia on Wednesday moved to extend punitive refugee policies to any asylum-seeker who lands on its mainland, allowing for them to be banished to remote Nauru or Papua New Guinea for detention.

31 Oct 2012 - 3:42pm

Australia defends PNG refugee plan despite UN concern

The first asylum seekers; wishing to be granted asylum in Australia, arrive in Nauru from Christmas Island, on September 14. Photo: EPA

Australia on Friday said it was on track to send asylum-seekers to impoverished Papua New Guinea despite the United Nations raising concerns about the country’s ability to handle refugees.

In a letter to Canberra, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said it was not clear to his agency that the transfer of boatpeople to PNG was “fully appropriate”.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:28pm

Australia dispatches refugees to Nauru for first time since 2008

The first planeload of asylum seekers sent to the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru arrived yesterday as part of Canberra's tough new stance on tackling a record influx of boatpeople.

15 Sep 2012 - 3:21am

Blighted island left to sing for its supper

Nauru's economy hinges on refugee camp slated to close

Its sole natural resource is almost exhausted, it once squandered a fortune on a West End musical about Leonardo da Vinci and its people are among the least healthy on Earth.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Australian citizenship pitch for Nauruans

Australia is considering a plan to give citizenship to the 10,000 people of Nauru, an impoverished island in the South Pacific, as a reward for hosting refugee detention centres over the past two years.

20 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

After squandering its wealth, the tiny island faces the threat of US sanctions over its passport sales

For a geographical minnow adrift in the vastness of the South Pacific, the tiny island of Nauru carries a world of woes on its shoulders.

The pinprick of land, which covers just 21 sq km and has one road, has been left an environmental basket case by decades of phosphate mining.

13 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

IOC allowing tiny tots to compete well out of their league

What chance sleepy, surf-lapped Cheung Chau sending a team to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney? As far-fetched as it may seem the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have set a dangerous precedent by allowing a pile of bird droppings in the Central Pacific to plop down in the nest along with 196 other inhabitants.

22 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Lions survive death knell

CASH-STARVED Australian Rules football team Fitzroy Lions have been saved from likely extinction by the tiny phosphate-rich Pacific island of Nauru.

A sponsorship and loan deal with businesses on the island will ensure the club's future. Lions have debts of more than US$1.5 million but the deal keeps them afloat.

27 Oct 1994 - 12:00am