Rebekah Holt,

Rebekah Holt

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Past articles by Rebekah:

Asylum seeker Behrouz Boochani's politically fraught stay in New Zealand

Behrouz Boochani has been given a reprieve, albeit perhaps briefly, in New Zealand. It's a move that will strain trans-Tasman relations. → Read More

A final goodbye to Abdul, the latest man to die in Australian detention

Abdul Aziz, a 23-year-old Afghan asylum seeker, died in Australian detention. Crikey was invited by his family to bear witness. → Read More

Why New Zealand will not stop fighting Australia on deportation

The debate over Australia's deportation laws is tearing Australia apart from one of its closest allies — and it's only getting worse. → Read More

A horror week in Australian onshore detention

A man in Melbourne's immigration detention centre died, another attempted self-harm, and a toddler was hospitalised. Here's the full account. → Read More

The road to deportation: inside the Biloela family's 15-month detention

In March 2018, this Biloela family was subject to a dawn raid on their home. Yesterday they lost their High Court bid to avoid deportation. → Read More

Christchurch deserves to be more than just an international media circus

The world's media has descended on Christchurch this week, and already things are starting to get tense and overwhelming. → Read More

Melbourne and Sydney immigration detention centres join hunger strike

Detainees in Sydney claim 300-400 people are protesting. Border Force continue to deny there is any mass hunger strike. → Read More

The question no one will answer about Hakeem Al-Araibi

The arrest of Hakeem Al-Araibi could have huge ramifications for other refugees who have been granted asylum by Australia. We need answers. → Read More

Refugee soccer player's fate raises questions of Home Affairs' Interpol procedure

Lawyers say the Australian government should have informed Interpol of Hakeem Al-Araibi's refugee status, thereby ensuring his safety. → Read More

Biloela girls and baby in on-shore detention showing 'behavioural disturbance'

Doctors have raised troubling concerns about the rare instance of three young girls in long-term detention. → Read More

Border Force claim baby is being 'housed' rather than 'detained' at MITA

Border Force has contended that a Vietnamese woman detained in Melbourne with her five-month-old-baby are actually being "housed". → Read More

Exclusive: concern raised for baby in Melbourne immigration detention

A five-month-old baby has spent her life in Melbourne immigration detention. A report has raised concerns for both mother and child. → Read More

H is going home: farewelling the NZ teen just released from adult detention

H was held for months in adult detention, while Peter Dutton publicly threatened to send him to New Zealand. Today, he's free. → Read More

Child's rights should prevent Tamil father's urgent deportation: lawyer

The deportation may take place just days after his partner and infant daughter received a safe haven visa. → Read More

Media Adviser: what to do when your friends let slip a giant story

All journos are sitting on great stories from accidental sources they can't betray. So how do you go about reporting it the right way? → Read More

Dear Border Force, we’d love a straight answer about the NZ teen you have detained

Condemnation is kicking up across the ditch about a 17-year-old boy being held in adult detention. But Australian Border Force don't seem interested in offering real explanation. → Read More

Is Melania Trump really wearing her disdain for immigrant children?

Melenia Trump was seen sporting a slogan apparently dismissing treatment of immigrant children, but the message might actually be directed a little closer to home. → Read More

Shadows of family separation policy haunt NZ boy stuck alone in detention

The world watched as Donald Trump's hardline family separation policy fell apart, but here in Australia, minors are not guaranteed rights either. → Read More

Media Adviser: is burnout and anxiety an inevitable part of a journo's job?

The media's known for being a high-stress environment. Maybe it's time for it to take on the support systems of other high-stress industries. → Read More

Media Adviser: help! They want me to start reading the comments section!

It's a truth universally acknowledged that a reporter should never, ever read the comments section. But what if they're forced to? → Read More