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The Territory of Christmas Island is an Australian external territory comprising the island of the same name. Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean, around 350 kilometres (220 mi) south of Java and Sumatra and around 1,550 kilometres (960 mi) north-west of the closest point on the Australian mainland. It has an area of 135 square kilometres (52 sq mi).
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Video Home Affairs didn't want you to see leads to calls for immigration detention inquiryExclusive: In a video obtained by SBS News, a Christmas Island detainee's head appears to be pushed down on to a concrete floor by a guard with so much force that his tooth is knocked loose.
Four to a bed and escorted by guards: Biloela family describes tough year on Christmas IslandTamil asylum seeker Priya Murugappan - who along with her husband and two children is facing deportation from Australia - tells SBS News what life has been like away from her Queensland community.
Refugees among immigration detainees transferred to recently reopened Christmas IslandRefugees are among about 100 immigration detainees currently being held at the recently reopened North-West Point facility on Christmas Island, facing deportation on character grounds, despite..
Border Force boss reveals reopening Christmas Island will cost $55 million over six monthsThe Australian Border Force Commissioner says up to 250 detainees with a criminal history will be transferred to Christmas Island to ease pressure on mainland detention centres.
Reopening Christmas Island detention centre will cost $55 million over six months, Border Force revealsMore details have been revealed about the controversial reopening of the North West Point detention facility on Christmas Island.
'We'd rather they all p**s off': Christmas Island president slams detention centre reopeningA committee of business, political and cultural leaders on Christmas Island are demanding further community consultation after the Australian government announced it was reopening an immigration..
There's more to the reopening of Christmas Island's detention centre, immigration experts sayImmigration experts have questioned the reopening of the Christmas Island detention centre, saying there is more to it that dealing with the impacts of the pandemic.
Christmas Island detention centre to reopen due to coronavirus pressure on Australian mainlandBorder Force confirmed the facility will be reopened to help relieve "capacity pressure" during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tamil family likely to remain on Christmas Island for months after mother returned from Perth hospitalPriya Murugappan has been reunited with her family in detention on Christmas Island after nine days in a Perth hospital.
Mother from detained Biloela Tamil family 'in distress' as she's returned to Christmas IslandTamil Refugee Council spokesman Aran Mylvaganam told SBS News he was on the phone with Priya as she was discharged on Wednesday afternoon.
Used 'every trick': Peter Dutton accuses detained Biloela family of preventing deportationHome Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has accused a Tamil family detained on Christmas Island of 'using every trick in the book' to prevent their deportation.
Detained Tamil mother in Perth hospitalA Tamil mother from a family detained on Christmas Island has been flown to Perth for hospital treatment after suffering severe abdominal pain and vomiting.
Mother from detained Biloela Tamil family 'in pain for weeks' before medical evacuationSBS News has talked to Tamil asylum seeker Priya Murugappan about her medical evacuation from Christmas Island to Perth.
'Heartbreaking': Mother from detained Biloela Tamil family evacuated from Christmas Island for medical treatmentPriya and Nades Murugappan - and their two Australian-born children Kopika and Tharunicaa - have been detained on Christmas Island since August last year.
Bilolea residents join livestream to wish asylum-seeker Kopika happy birthdayFriends of Kopika Murugappan wished her a happy birthday via a Zoom online meeting while the five-year-old and her family are detained in Christmas Island. They're the only residents of the reopened..
Tamil family on Christmas Island win Federal Court caseA Tamil asylum seeker family detained on Christmas Island have won a legal battle in the Federal Court.
Biloela Tamil family to remain in Australia for now after Federal Court verdictThe family will likely remain detained on Christmas Island until the legal proceedings are finalised.
The Biloela Tamil family say Christmas Island detention staff are ignoring coronavirus protection measuresThe family and their lawyer have told SBS News they're worried about exposure to COVID-19 amid claims staff at the immigration detention centre are not self-isolating when they arrive from the mainland..
Minister's adviser gives 'weak' evidence on Tamil family, court hearsImmigration Minister David Coleman's senior adviser has told the Federal Court he can't recall conversations or briefings about the Tamil asylum-seeker family on Christmas Island fighting deportation.
Making a virtue of Christmas Island - the evacuation that did us proudIt was controversial to force Australians into quarantine on a remote island, but the nation demonstrated the humane way to manage an emergency.
Emotional scenes as first round of Australians quarantined on Christmas Island arrive homeMost of the Australians quarantined on Christmas Island because of the deadly coronavirus are home, as those stuck on a cruise ship in Japan prepare to evacuate.
'Happy to be home': Australians quarantined on Christmas Island return to SydneyAfter being evacuated from Wuhan and spending two weeks in quarantine, the 96 Sydney-based Australian citizens and permanent residents are finally home.
Coronavirus: Christmas Island evacuees set to come home shortlyMore than 200 Australians are due to fly home from Christmas Island after being quarantined on the former detention centre because of the coronavirus.
Tests clear Australians on Christmas Island of coronavirusThe first virus evacuees on Christmas Island will return home on Monday with a second group leaving on Wednesday pending any final tests for the disease.
It's half way through the quarantine period for evacuees at Christmas Island, how are they faring?It’s been one week since the first evacuees from Wuhan arrived on Christmas Island. Here’s what the first 7 days under quarantine have been like.
Coronavirus case suspected inside Christmas Island detention centreA quarantined person inside the Christmas Island detention centre has been isolated amid concerns they may have contracted the coronavirus.
Coronavirus outbreak: Girl on Christmas Island returns negative testA young girl suspected to have contracted coronavirus on Christmas Island has returned a negative test.
Sydney solution for coronavirus evacuees spurned in favour of Christmas IslandAustralians fleeing the coronavirus in China could have been screened by medical personnel at the Richmond RAAF base.
Authorities call for calm as child tested for coronavirus on Christmas IslandA young Australian girl quarantined on Christmas Island has been tested for coronavirus, but authorities say it is 'not a serious illness at this stage'.
Authorities call for calm as child quarantined on Christmas Island tested for coronavirusA young Australian quarantined on Christmas Island has been tested for coronavirus, authorities have confirmed.
This is what it is like to be quarantined on Christmas IslandEvacuees taken to Christmas Island - a former detention centre for asylum seekers - have been given sunscreen, sandals and shorts. They also have video games.
Second group of Australians evacuated from Wuhan arrive on Christmas IslandThe second group of stranded Australians has landed on Christmas Island after a long journey from Wuhan, via New Zealand.
More evacuees to reach Christmas Island, as 14th Australian case of coronavirus confirmedA second group of 35 stranded Australians is expected to land on Christmas Island after flying out of Wuhan.
More evacuees to reach Christmas IslandA second group of 35 stranded Australians is expected to land on Christmas Island after flying out of Wuhan.
Virus 'ruining' Christmas Island tourismThe placement of Australian evacuees on Christmas Island will have a "ruinous" effect on the island's tourism industry, the shire president says.
Queensland boy diagnosed with coronavirus as more Wuhan evacuees heading to Christmas IslandAn eight-year-old boy travelling in Australia has the coronavirus, taking the infection rate to 13 people, as the government gets ready for more evacuees.
Australians to join New Zealand flight from WuhanMore Australians seeking to leave the coronavirus centre of Wuhan are believed to be on their way to Christmas Island after joining an Air New Zealand flight.
Australia eyes second flight from Wuhan as evacuees arrive on Christmas IslandAustralia may arrange a second flight out of China's Wuhan city after a first plane load of evacuees arrived in the Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on..
Coronavirus evacuees on Christmas Island 'not showing any signs of illness'The first Australians evacuated from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, have not shown any signs of illness.
Plane carrying first Australian coronavirus evacuees touches down on Christmas IslandPlane transporting Australian coronavirus evacuees from China has arrived on Christmas Island. Elderly passengers and young children were seen getting off the plane. Medical staff were assisting..
Plane touches down on Christmas Island