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1. Abyan does want an abortion, just not in Australia.
Pregnant Somali refugee Abyan has said that she does want a termination of her pregnancy — just not in Australia.
The Australian interviewed Abyan who spoke to them in a “cramped room” on the island, where she was asked if she wanted to go ahead with a termination.
“Yes, I still want an abortion,” she said.
“But I don’t want Australia, I want to go to another country.”
According to the report, Abyan says she was seen by a nurse when she came to Australia but that “she also felt that she was being rushed.”
I was physically and mentally sick,” she said, “and I wanted to make sure I could make my health good first. I did not say ‘no’.”
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2. Government spent $130,000 on RAAF jet to fly Abyan back to Nauru.
The Senate has heard that the cost to secretly smuggle pregnant Somali refugee Abyan back to Nauru was around $130,000 after an RAAF jet was used.
Abyan, who was forcibly returned to Nauru late on Friday, is 15 weeks pregnant as a result of an alleged rape on Nauru. Yesterday a letter from Abyan surfaced where she said she never refused the termination.
In a signed statement, she said: “I was raped on Nauru … I have been very sick. I have never said that I did not want a termination.”
The Guardian reports that the jet used to transport her back to Nauru was brought from Brisbane to Sydney to collect Abyan. It then flew to Honiara in the Solomon Islands, and on to Nauru. It returned to Brisbane on Saturday.
Neil Skill, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s first assistant secretary for detention services, said that a jet similar to the one used to transport Abyan has been used 68 times last financial year for onshore transfers, and 11 times offshore.
So far this financial year, the planes have been used 10 times onshore, and 11 times to move people between Australia and Nauru or PNG.
3. NSW man arrested after mother found dead.A 19-year-old man from Inverell in NSW has been arrested after the body of his mother was found stabbed in her home.
The teenager was arrested after police were called to the sight of a single-vehicle car crash.
Police attended the scene and found a 19-year-old man to be the alleged driver.