The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee handed down its report today into the ‘Incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre from 16 February to 18 February 2014’. This was the incident in which Reza Barati was killed and many other asylum seekers were injured.
Centre Director, Jane McAdam, speaks with Fran Kelly on ABC Radio National about the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment bill. A Senate committee has recommended that the bill be passed despite over 5,700 submissions, most of them highly critical of the amendment.
Former Liberal Immigration Minister, Ian Macphee, reviews Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong's book in The Australian. In the article, he says 'This book should be read by all Australians concerned about the inhumanity of successive federal governments when dealing with refugees seeking our protection.'
Walter Kälin is Professor of Constitutional and International Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Bern (since 1985), Director of SKMR/SCHR (Schweizerisches Kompetenzzentrum für Menschenrechte/Swiss Centre of Excellence in Human Rights), and Envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement. Professor Kälin recently presented at the Kaldor Centre conference and Nansen Initiative seminar.
Today, in partnership with Australia21, the Centre for Policy Development (CPD), the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law will launch the report 'Beyond the boats: building an asylum and refugee policy for the long term'. The report is to be launched by the Hon Fred Chaney AO, Senior Australian of the Year and hosted by Russell Broadbent MP in Parliament House Canberra, Wednesday 5 November 2pm.
Professor Graeme Hugo, from the University of Adelaide, presented his research on the economic contribution of humanitarian settlers in Australia at the recent Kaldor Centre Conference 'Between Principle and Pragmatism: Australia and Refugee Law, 60 Years On'.
Federal Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is in Cambodia today to sign a controversial asylum seeker deal with Phnom Penh. But before leaving Australia, he introduced a bill into Parliament which aims to bring back temporary protection visas for those found to be genuine refugees here in Australia.
They have long been described as climate refugees: the hundreds of thousands of people living on low-lying Pacific islands who may be forced to migrate if rising sea levels leave their homes uninhabitable. But it is a term Pacific leaders say is loaded with political connotations and does not reflect the true dimensions of the problem.