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Australia Media Visa See's Significant Rise

January 2014, 15
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Media Person Australia

It is believed by some, that the recent dramatic rise in fees for the journalists visa for Nauru, has been formulated in a bid to hide the way in which the taxpayers money from Australian citizens is being used towards the inhumane detention centres situated on the island. It has been confirmed that the fees for a single entry media visa, is to increase from $200 up to $8000. A large number of asylum seekers who travelled by boat in order to seek refuge in Australia are being detained at a centre located in Nauru.

It has also been alleged that the rise in fees is due to a plan to diminish information being gathered and issued to members of the public, leaving them unaware that their tax money is being spent on maintaining the horrific detention centres where the asylum seekers are being held. A visa officer from Nauru has reportedly said that a maximum of four visa had been issued in 2013. A report which was released In November 2013, stated that asylum seekers were being exposed to horrendous living conditions, had a small amount of privacy and had minimal access to services which could help the ones who were suffering from the effects related to torture or a serious trauma.

The former minister of immigration for Australia denied the allegations saying that the conditions of the detention centre and the services available were adequate, however if there are concerns about the conditions it was actually a matter that should  be approached the government of Nauru.

A Nauru opposition group member suggested that the newly established rules surrounding the journalists visa, which are anticipated to be enforced during the next couple of weeks, was merely another tactic put in place by the Nauruan government in a hope to reduce information being released by the media. The member states that the Nauruan government dictate what can be shown to the public, who  is allowed to be interviewed and what questions can be asked in a bid to avoid accountability. Visitors who are travelling to Nauru from  a commonwealth country, for the sole purpose of a holiday, are eligible to be issued a visa upon arrival, the visa which is granted will cost $100. A journalist's visa is to be paid prior to arrival and is non-refundable in the event of the application not being successful.

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