News from the Centre

Claire Higgins writes 'How our refugee policy has changed since Fraser'

Opinion: 'How our refugee policy has changed since Fraser', The Drum, 27 March 2015

The plight of refugees is a complex issue for governments around the world. Yet the essential choices they face are straightforward. As the late Malcolm Fraser told me in 2010, his government had two: "Say yes. Say no."

Global challenges to refugee protection: lessons from the Middle East and Europe

Join us for a presentation by Tom Porteous, Deputy Program Director, Human Rights Watch
Thurs 30 April, 1-2pm, UNSW Law
Registrations now open.

Jane McAdam writes 'Climate change brings disasters on steroids'

Opinion: Jane McAdam, 'Climate change brings disasters on steroids', Sydney Morning Herald, 16 March 2015

Australia's $5 million contribution to address the devastating impacts of Cyclone Pam is a much-needed and welcome act.  But remedial responses like this are not enough.  Governments must also develop more proactive tools to help mitigate the impacts of disasters in the first place, including the displacement of people from their homes.

Would you want the Immigration Minister as your legal guardian?

OPINION: Jenni Whelan, ‘Would you want the Immigration Minister as your legal guardian?’, Crikey, 19 February 2015

The appointment of an independent guardian is the only way that Australia can fully discharge the responsibility of a guardian to act in the best interests of unaccompanied children, writes Jenni Whelan - and it would have an immediate impact.

Advisory Committee members support Prof Gillian Triggs and the Human Rights Commission

Members of the Kaldor Centre’s Advisory Committee issued a media release on 17 February 2015 expressing their concern at the professional and personal attacks on Professor Triggs following the release of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report on children in immigration detention.

Read the full text here