Kaldor Centre News

High stakes: Brokering a landmark compact on refugees

Published on : 17/11/2017

It’s hard to imagine a more difficult political context in which to be negotiating new global agreements on migrants and refugees. US President Donald Trump proclaims ‘America First,’ slashes refugee resettlement numbers, and continues to push construction of a massive wall on the US-Mexican border in spite of evidence and the opposition of many in his own party...

How a small Pacific community sparked constitutional innovation on citizenship

Published on : 16/11/2017

In 1945, the small Banaban community from Ocean Island in present-day Kiribati was relocated to Rabi Island in Fiji. The Banabans were granted considerable local autonomy within Fiji, as well as special rights of entry, residence and parliamentary representation in Kiribati...

History, Headlines and the Law: What's shaping refugee policy in Australia?

Published on : 08/11/2017

From ‘asylum seekers’ to ‘illegals’. From an Immigration Department to Border Protection officers. From welcoming Indochinese in the 1970s to Operation Sovereign Borders patrols today.

Three things to know about plans to ban mobile phones in immigration detention

Published on : 06/11/2017

Ahead of the Senate committee report into the legislation allowing the minister to ban mobile phones from immigration detention, the Kaldor Centre breaks down the key points.

How Australia got into the ‘dead end’ of refugee offshore detention

Published on : 02/11/2017

As Australia’s deadline to close its offshore camp on Manus passes, Australian refugee policy expert Claire Higgins explains the social and political factors that molded the country’s changing policies toward asylum seekers arriving by boat.

RN Interview: Origins of Australia's refugee policy

Published on : 16/10/2017

In the National Archives, historian Claire Higgins found a list detailing the various options given to the Fraser government on dealing with unauthorised asylum seekers arriving by boat.

Watch Breaking the Deadlock: Creating solutions for refugees

Published on : 03/10/2017

Worried about how future people movements will impact Australia? You are not alone.

Refugee policies of detention, turnbacks rejected in the 70s

Published on : 03/10/2017

A government under intense pressure from unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers arriving by boat, its radical policy attracting global attention; this might sound like contemporary Australia.

Asylum By Boat: New book goes behind the scenes to trace the origins of Australia’s refugee policy

Published on : 03/10/2017

The ‘White Australia’ policy was not long gone when the first refugees from communist Vietnam sailed into Darwin Harbour, seeking asylum and inadvertently challenging the Fraser government to reject now-familiar policies such as turnbacks and detention, and to define a new national identity.

What followed is an astonishing story of necessity and invention, vividly told in Asylum By Boat: Origins of Australia’s refugee policy (NewSouth).

The law in the life of a refugee: Madeline Gleeson in ABC podcast

Published on : 28/09/2017

Storytelling makes sense of chaos through narrative structure, and this ABC podcast Shooting the Past puts together the story behind a photo of Prahran expert rugmaker Najaf Mazeri, who fled Afghanistan for Australia in 2001.


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