I WhatsApped Refugees To Ask Why They're So Freaked Out About The Government Taking Their Phones Away
A proposed law would make it easier for detention guards to seize phones from immigrants. We started a group chat to find out how refugees feel about it.
For the last time, we just call them lists.
Lawyers for Rakib Khan’s family asked the Queensland coroner to hold an inquest as his body was transported through Brisbane.
"Indiana FUCKING Jones!"
"The more I think about what exactly 'beyond reasonable doubt' means, the more it begins to bend my mind. And the court will not help."
Social media analysis reveals a big spike in engagement on anti-vaxxer pages and accounts in the coronavirus pandemic.
This Woman Believes COVID-19 And The Bushfires Show The Apocalypse Is Coming. It Saved Her From Being Deported.
The woman and her husband are members of the "Local Church", whose members believe everyone else will perish when God returns.
This Man’s Leg Was Amputated Just Before The Coronavirus Hit. Now When He Falls, There’s Nobody To Help Him Up.
"The prosthetic leg is not the right fit for me and I am constantly falling and injuring myself," Jamshid Rahimi Azar told BuzzFeed News.
Supporters sang the Biloela family's eldest daughter "Happy Birthday", read her an acrostic poem and blew out candles on cakes they had baked for her.
The Staffer Who Called Out News Corp's Climate Change Coverage In A Reply-All Email Doesn't Regret A Thing
"It should be against the law to deny climate change is happening," Emily Townsend said.
This Politician Coughed So Much During A Speech That He's Now In Self-Isolation Waiting For A COVID-19 Test Result
"I immediately left Parliament House to be tested and will await the result in isolation."
It has been a no good, very bad month for Pete Evans. But he's trying to post through it.
The coronavirus hasn’t reached Nauru. But an outbreak could be disastrous.
Why Are Australians Chanting “Arrest Bill Gates” At Protests? This Wild Facebook Group Has The Answers.
A Facebook group started by a former family cooking show contestant was the driving force behind the dramatic anti-lockdown protests on the weekend.
Refugees in Australia face an unenviable choice: stay in indefinite detention, or start a new life at the epicentre of a global pandemic.
She has yet to comment on Tom Nook's predatory loan scheme.
Prime minister Scott Morrison has laid out a three-stage plan for reopening the country.
Influencers Asked This Pastry Chef For Free Food In Exchange For Promotion In The Pandemic. He Called Them Out.
"I was getting messages from influencers requesting that we send free stuff so they could post it on their profile. I was like, fucking hell, this is such a piss take," he said.
Women Wanting An Abortion Face Two Major Barriers In Australia. Now There's A Third: The Coronavirus.
The coronavirus pandemic is showing up the cracks in Australia's patchwork abortion access laws, under which women often have to travel long distances to undergo procedures.
This Couple Are Urging Fellow Anti-Vaxxers To Pay To Have Their Name And Address Added To Form Letters
One of Australia’s newest and most active anti-vaxxer groups is rallying campaigners against the new rules about flu vaccines and aged care facilities — and asking them to donate to a get-out-of-debt business run by a “sovereign citizen”.
The plan is "some time away" but part of the road back from lockdown, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said.
A Ruby Princess Crew Member Spent A Month On A Ventilator In A Coma. Doctors Couldn’t Contact His Wife.
The 38-year-old man was in an induced coma and couldn't consent to medical treatment, so a tribunal had to act as his guardian.
South Australia Is Waiting On One Man To Decide If Women Have To Travel For Medical Abortions In A Pandemic
The state's police commissioner has had weeks to make a small tweak so women don't need to travel to a hospital during a pandemic to take RU486. He hasn't.
"We wanted to send you a hug until we can see you again," the brothers, aged 3 and 5, wrote in a note to their grandma.
More than 200 refugees and asylum seekers are detained at close quarters in hotels despite coronavirus fears.
Politicians Are Being Flooded With Letters From People Who Think Writing The Words “My Will” Lets Them Dodge Vaccination Laws
"Hey guys, save your postage and don't bother," one politician responded.
If You’re About To Start Full-Time Work, The Coronavirus Will Leave You $35,000 Worse Off Over The Next Decade
The coronavirus will be worse than the Global Financial Crisis for young workers in Australia, one economist said.
Anti-vaxxers are using footage of Australian politician Annastacia Palaszczuk re-enacting a flu shot to claim she never got the vaccine. But she did.
A Court Guessed How Gay Men From Conservative Families Would React After First Having Sex. It Cost Two Men Their Refugee Status.
A tribunal found it was "implausible" the men wouldn't remember what happened in the days after they first had sex, even six years later.
"No-one deserves to have their private photos leak and to be shown to the world and to be constantly reminded about it," she told BuzzFeed News.
Lawyers and health organisations say this could exacerbate the trauma of victims-survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and child sexual abuse.
“If we take these measures and we see spikes, we will not hesitate to clamp down again,” one premier said.
The pandemic has stopped travel, closed borders and halted deportations — meaning some immigrants facing removal from Australia are asking for their visas back instead.
One week Ashley Dougan was a dancer and restaurant worker. The next he had $100 left in his account.
This Veteran Will Stand In His Driveway At Dawn On Saturday. Thousands Of Australians Will Do The Same.
The plan to observe Anzac Day while obeying social distancing laws came from a conversation between two veterans.
Australia's gender equality agency estimates 80% of hospital staff are women.
A Petting Zoo Owner Stabbed And Beat A Dog To Death After It Attacked His Camel. He Won't Go To Jail.
The man's actions were abhorrent and cruel but not a crime because the dog was a "pest animal", a judge found.
"WTF Was I Meant To Do?" Australia's Former PM Spilled The Tea About That Phone Call With Trump In His New Book
Trump joked that Turnbull had “two thousand of the worst terrorists in the world locked up on a desert island” and had talked Trump into taking them.
Customers browsing in JB Hi-Fi's narrow aisles are constantly picking up and touching DVDs and electronics.
Meet Gavin, TikTok's biggest baby star.
People Are Copying And Pasting Themselves Into Photos As The Latest Meme About Coronavirus Isolation
"Me and the boys still having fun," one man captioned a photo showing... eight versions of himself.
This Guy Had Sore Muscles After Working Out For 3 Days. He Ended Up In COVID-19 Solitary Confinement.
After almost three days in a tiny room, he finally got his COVID-19 result: negative.
“It is the Wild West and there’s no sheriff," one man struggling to find a housemate said.
"It's 6pm and there hasn't been any snake incidents, in or out of the toilet": the rural coronavirus diaries of an '80s pop star.
Australia will seek "to become the first country in the world to successfully require payment for content", treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.
"It was unbelievable. I was sharing pictures of the Wikipedia page, journal article, and everything to prove that it had actually happened," he said.
Sydney's waterside Bay Run is a beautiful 7km path, perfect for walking, running or cycling. It's also the site of a brewing conflict.
Conservative Leaders Have Suddenly Funded Huge Social Policy Changes In The Pandemic. Now People Are Joking They’re Socialists.
“These guys must hate every minute of having to do this,” one academic said of the sweeping changes introduced by Australia’s conservative government.
The Australian Government Is Trying To Deport This Young Family. A Judge Has Stopped That — For Now.
The family has been detained on Christmas Island since September 2019.
Exclusive: The forceful intervention on behalf of the Biloela family went unanswered.
The NZ prime minister's response to the cake: "😳😳"
This Man Has Come By Boat To Two Countries Without A Visa, And Now He’s Facing The Coronavirus In An Overcrowded Prison
After Helal "Spicy" Uddin was deported from Papua New Guinea, he got a boat right back to find his wife and son.
"Using the pandemic as an excuse for racism doesn't make it okay," said one Asian-Australian influencer.
A Columnist Encouraged Refugees To Self Harm And His Newspaper Defended It By Saying They Probably Don't Subscribe
Just 73 words long, the blog post breached four separate journalism standards.
The proposal for China to pay reparations for the coronavirus pandemic started on the fringes of the internet and has since been amplified by some of Trump's closest allies.
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has told international students to "return to their home countries" but for many people on student visas it isn't that easy.
"I feel like everyone is being Horny On Main," one sender of nude pics told BuzzFeed News.
Pelvic Mesh Victims Won Their Legal Fight Against Johnson & Johnson. Now The Pharmaceutical Giant Is Appealing.
The legal battle has dragged on for seven years, and women fear it could now last a decade.
Reality...looks somewhat different.
"We have so far avoided the horror scenarios that we have seen overseas," the prime minister said.
They Sold Their Car To Buy Flights Home After Being Laid Off In The Pandemic. Now The Flights Are Cancelled, And They’re Being Evicted.
An email telling jobless foreign tenants they were “IRRESPONSIBLE” for staying in Australia caused a ruckus last week. But it revealed an impossible situation.
A Supplier Refused To Fill A Face Mask Order For An Australian Abortion Provider Because They're For "Health Professionals"
Exclusive: Marie Stopes Australia says it only has two weeks worth of face masks left as orders are cancelled in the coronavirus pandemic.
Australia's highest court ruled in Pell's favour on Tuesday morning. Pell, who was the nation's most senior Catholic, will be released from prison.
Many people waiting on bridging visas while their refugee claims are decided don’t have Medicare.
"Putting so much of my hope and dreams into NRL island. It will be a global trend setter and change the world," one person tweeted.
Kate was lying awake at 3am worrying about the coronavirus — and decided to make this cake instead.
This Man’s Dry Cough Is So Bad He Needs Help With A Puffer At Night. He’s Stuck In Detention As COVID-19 Spreads.
“I feel extremely weak. I'm worried that my vulnerable body is unable to handle the coronavirus.”
Right wing media figures and groups are using the wall-to-wall coverage of COVID-19 to claim there was never any need for urgent climate action.
This Charity Set People On Their Feet For Years. In The Coronavirus Outbreak, Old Clients Are Returning.
Many refugees and asylum seekers are losing their jobs, but aren’t eligible for welfare. How are they meant to live?
"If you are from another country and have lost your job and have waited this long, YOU ARE BEING IRRESPONSIBLE FOR DOING SO!!!!" the email read.
“Disgraceful”: The Government Kept A Man In Detention Because It Disagreed With The Tribunal That Ordered His Release
The government "cannot simply ignore" decisions it doesn't like or agree with, a judge wrote in a scathing ruling.
Tl;dr your housemate is the same as your sister for all new rules... except one.
In nine weeks, Australia has gone from zero to 4,000 cases of COVID-19. Here's what the government has done to try and flatten the curve.
This Refugee Had Started A Successful Small Business Selling Persian Food. Then The Coronavirus Hit.
Labor has called on the government to ensure temporary visa holders in Australia — including refugees and asylum seekers — can access financial support in the pandemic.
Violent Perpetrators Are Using The Coronavirus As An Excuse For Domestic Abuse, Frontline Workers Say
“While home is undoubtedly the safest place to avoid the coronavirus, it is not the safest place for a woman and child experiencing family and domestic violence,” one frontline worker said.
The PM says stay at home, except for a) shopping for necessities, b) medical care, c) exercise or d) work/study if you can't do it remotely.
"There are other issues here that are very serious issues, and I don't regard the virus as one of them," said breakfast radio host Alan Jones.
"Hopefully something works out, but if not I'm just glad I shot my shot."
Another Liberal Staffer Shared A Meme About The Coronavirus Saving Lives If It Takes Out Planned Parenthood
"If COVID-19 forces Planned Parenthood to be closed for two weeks, the virus will have SAVED more lives than it has taken," the meme reads.
"Our numbers have not been helped by a recent cruise ship," said chief medical officer Brendan Murphy.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has promised to buy a million courses of a drug that has not been proven to help COVID-19.
I went to a concert, a yoga class, a church service, a fishing hole and a beer pong match — all in the pursuit of trying to live a normal life in a global pandemic.
The clarification comes after BuzzFeed News revealed up to 80 women on surgical abortion lists around Australia were waiting in limbo.
Centrelink queues stretching around the block shocked Australians this week. But most asylum seekers on temporary visas aren’t eligible for financial assistance.
There will no longer be a trial over the murders of 51 people in March last year.
The Coronavirus Has Pushed Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Online, And Regulars Are Worried About Newcomers
AA members are concerned for people in early recovery, who might not have the support network in place to help prevent a relapse during this pandemic.
So it seems like you can get a buzzcut, a fringe trim, a blow dry... or just stay home.
Beards can interfere with protective masks — so lots of paramedics have pulled out the razor.
Stay at home unless you have to go out, weddings restricted to five people, funerals to 10 and haircuts can only last 30 minutes. These are Australia's new social distancing rules.
Exclusive: Australia's biggest abortion provider resorted to calling the COVID-19 hotline in an attempt to find answers for its patients as health departments aren't responding.
Fake posts about Asian Australians stockpiling and hoarding goods in the coronavirus outbreak are spreading like wildfire.
"We did not make this decision lightly," an immigration officer told detainees.
At one detention centre in Brisbane, men sleep four to a room that measures 3.26 metres by 3.16 metres.
A Fake Facebook Account Pretending To Be A Chinese Woman Hoarding Toilet Paper Is Being Shared By Right Wing Pages
One page posted a screenshot of the fake account with the caption "How Un Australian Is This Chinese Woman - name and shame!" It's been shared more than 6,700 times.
Rakib Khan was just 24 when he died on the small island state of Nauru. His family still doesn't know why.
Norman Swan has been saying for years that a pandemic would hit. When it did, he was ready.
"South Australian Emergency Services are being inundated with TRIPLE ZERO calls from the public, wanting information and advice about COVID-19."