The 2014-15 budget sees a greater emphasis on the deterrence, interception and removal of asylum seekers. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will progressively merge by July 2015, and this new Department of Immigration and Border Protection will include the Australian Border Force, to be responsible for operational border, compliance and detention functions.
On 4 December 2013, the government introduced the Migration Amendment (Regaining Control over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Bill 2013 which seeks to repeal the complementary protection provisions in the Migration Act 1958 (Cth).
Professor Jane McAdam today spoke at a UN Human Rights Council side event in Geneva on the need to protect people displaced by natural disasters. She explained why existing refugee and human rights law do not adequately cover people forced from their homes in the context of disasters and climate change, and suggested that States need to consider proactive steps that can enhance resilience and protection.
Dr Claire Higgins, Research Associate at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, has received the Margaret George Award from the National Archives of Australia to fund her research into Australia's in-country programme in Latin America. The in-country programme operated discreetly during the 1980s, rescuing and resettling trade unionists and former political prisoners while relying on careful negotiation with local authorities.
As director of the new Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, Professor Jane McAdam is determined to return social justice and legal obligation to the asylum-seeker debate, writes Anabel Dean in Uniken Magazine.
The adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 was a watershed in the relations of States and individuals. It came quickly to influence treaties for the protection of groups, such as refugees, to underwrite the covenants which transformed the Declaration more clearly into obligations, and, by framing and guiding the practice of States, to contribute to customary international law.