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What has happened on Nauru and Manus since Australia began its most recent offshore processing regime in 2012? Madeline Gleeson, author of 'Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru' will be speaking at events across Melbourne in the coming...

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The Tampa affair: 15 years on


This page contains resources on the 'Tampa affair', a turning point in the history of Australia's asylum and refugee policy.

Manus Island: Lives in Limbo

It is now three years since Australia announced the Regional Resettlement Arrangement with Papua New Guinea. Three years on, three men have died, many have been injured and 900 still languish in limbo with no idea if, when or to where they will ever be resettled.

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How the entire nation of Nauru almost moved to Queensland

Professor Jane McAdam

First published in The Conversation, 15 August 2016

Nauru is best known to most Australians as the remote Pacific island where asylum seekers who arrive by boat are sent. What is less well known is that in the 1960s, the Australian government planned to relocate the entire population of Nauru to an island off the Queensland coast.

How did we become so indifferent to human life?

Professor Jane McAdam

First published in The Age, 12 August 2016

The release this week of 2000 incident reports from the immigration detention centre in Nauru sadly vindicates the consistent accounts of mistreatment already on the record – by refugees, former staff, UNHCR, the Australian Human Rights Commission and other independent observers.

Nauru abuse reports warrant urgent action to protect children in offshore detention


By Khanh Hoang and Madeline Gleeson published in The Conversation, 10 August 2016

The Guardian Australia has released more than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s offshore processing centre on Nauru. These reports cover the period from May 2013 to October 2015. They document numerous incidents of child sexual abuse, assault and attempted self-harm.

FactCheck Q&A: as the climate changes, are 750 million refugees predicted to move away from flooding?

Professor Jane McAdam

Professor Jane McAdam contributed an article in The Conversation, published on 4 August 2016, fact-checking claims made on Q&A.  

In the program broadcast Mondays on the ABC, Ethicist Peter Singer told Q&A that climate change-related sea level rises are “estimated to cause something like 750 million refugees just moving away from that flooding”.

Minor miracle or historic failure? Assessing the UN’s refugee summit


By Dr Jeff Crisp, Associate Fellow at Chatham House & Research Associate at Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Experts appointed to drive Grand Challenges program


UNSW has announced the first leaders of its Grand Challenges, an initiative to establish the University at the forefront of debate and policy response to the biggest issues of our time.

Plaintiff S99/2016 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] FCA 483


This case note provides an overview of the key facts and findings of the Federal Court of Australia in Plaintiff S99/2016 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] FCA 483 (Plaintiff S99). The case was originally filed in the High Court before it was referred to Bromberg J in the Federal Court for an urgent hearing and determination.

Offshore processing: failing those we should protect

Madeline Gleeson

Madeline Gleeson has written a piece in the Law Society Journal titled 'Offshore processing: failing those we should protect'.  

She writes: 'The centres on Nauru and Manus have become gaping sinkholes into which four successive Australian governments have poured billions of dollars and a few thousand lives. And for what? There is no endgame.'

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