Australia

Australia suffering from hidden housing crisis – UN expert

Australia is experiencing a serious and hidden national housing crisis, according to a United Nations human rights expert, who has called on the country’s Government to adopt a national housing policy based on human rights and urgently address the “humanitarian tragedy” of the lack of housing and services for indigenous peoples.

UN agency will ask Australia to change off-shore refugee processing legislation

The United Nations refugee agency said today that it will seek changes in new proposed Australian legislation that would transfer people arriving illegally by boat from the mainland to such remote Pacific islands as Nauru to process their asylum claims.

Proposed new Australian border control measures raise serious concerns – UN

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced serious concern over proposed new border control measures by Australia to deal with asylum seekers arriving by boat, including their transferral offshore, even if they have reached the mainland, to have their claims processed.