1. 150 refugees arrested on Nauru as police crack down on peaceful protests.
Nauru police have arrested more than 100 refugees in connection to recent protests on the Pacific island, advocates say.
The Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) said a 13-year-old was among the 150 refugees arrested on Wednesday.
The ABC believes the number of those detained vary from 70 to about 100.
RAC spokesman Ian Rintoul said two women collapsed with panic attacks during the arrests and were taken to hospital.
“The refugees have been taken to Yaren police office,” he said in a statement.
“Dozens were arrested as refugees tried to assemble at the police station to demand the release of those who had been arrested earlier.”
The arrests came after hundreds of refugees staged protests in recent days against what they said were deplorable living conditions and treatment by locals on Nauru.
They vowed to continue their campaign of non-cooperation with the Nauruan and Australian governments.
“It’s quite clear the police were responding or concerned about the fact that there was going to be a demonstration this afternoon,” Mr Rintoul told the ABC.
“They circulated threatening notices yesterday saying people could face up to three years’ jail for being involved in protests.”
Australia has been sending asylum seekers who arrive by boat to Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea for processing.
Around 400 people have been released from the Australian-run detention centre to live in the community after being given refugee visas by the Nauruan government.
This article was originally published by the ABC and was republished here with full permission.
2. Rosie Battie launches a new app to support victims of family violence.
Today, Australian of the Year Rosie Batty launched a government-funded app to help victims of domestic violence locate specialist support services.
The ‘Daisy’ app claims to help women find legal support, shelters, and specialist services to help them, to
Rosie Batty stated the app is important tool to empower women.
“When you are experiencing gendered violence, people often tell you what to do – but the strongest predictor of a woman’s safety is the woman herself,” Ms Batty said.