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Inhumane conditions on Christmas Island provoke unrest: George Newhouse

Commenting on the recent protests in the Christmas Island detention facility, George Newhouse, Principal Solicitor and Director of the National Justice Project, has said tension has been building up over recent months at the facility. “The federal government has a policy of keeping detainees in harsh and inhumane conditions to force them to leave Australia, this disturbance should not be …

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Case File: Securing Medical Evacuation for FRX17

Case name: FRX17 as litigation representative for FRM17 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 63 Case summary: During her detention on Nauru between 2013 and 2018, a young girl (the Applicant) faced serious mental health deterioration, including major mood disorder and suicidal ideation and intention. In 2017, the Applicant attempted suicide twice, and despite being urged by …

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BREAKING: #DuttonDefeated in High Court by Refugees

Refugees who were detained by the government in Nauru and Papua New Guinea have secured a major legal victory in the High Court of Australia against the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton. The High Court of Australia has ruled that the Federal Court has the power to hear the cases of over 50 refugees and asylum seekers, after the …

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Position Description: Graduate Solicitor

ABOUT THE NATIONAL JUSTICE PROJECT The National Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit legal service and civil rights organisation. We use the law, advocacy and education to tackle systemic injustice and promote government accountability. We primarily represent and support First Nations peoples and asylum seekers/refugees who have harmed and discriminated against within the justice and health care systems. We advance …

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Young, Black and Behind Bars

As the Black Lives Matter movement spreads across the globe, the National Justice Project has been featured in Al Jazeera’s investigation of Australia’s Indigenous incarceration crisis, Young, Black and Behind Bars. Across Australia, Indigenous people are disproportionately arrested and locked up – some as young as 10 years old. In this special report, former inmates reveal what it is like …

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Case Summary: Banning Mobile Phones in Immigration Detention Centres

Case name: ARJ17 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCAFC 98 Case summary: The National Justice Project represented two applicants in these cases, and hundreds of others in the ARJ17 class action proceeding, against the Commonwealth of Australia and the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. A judgment was handed down on 22 June 2018 to ensure the …

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WA Attorney General rejects calls to investigate murder of Baby Charlie; approves parliamentary committee into Margaret River tragedy.

The Attorney General of Western Australia, Hon. John Quigley MLA, has rejected calls for a public inquest into the role of police in the death of baby Charlie Mullaley, while approving a parliamentary inquiry into the role of the family law system in a Margaret River mass-shooting. Family members speak out: The Mullaley family has spoken out on the Attorney …

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NSW Supreme Court Recognises Right to Protest during COVID19

In a major decision recognising the right to protest during COVID19, the NSW Supreme Court has ruled that the right to freedom of speech outweighs the minimal health risks of a COVID-safe rally. The court’s decision on Monday afternoon meant that a National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) rally against funding cuts to the university sector went ahead at 12pm today …