Secrecy over Paladin’s $423 million contract highlights our broken refugee system

Professor Jane McAdam

Nearly six years into the revival of its offshore detention policy, Australia’s government is facing a story of corporate and administrative intrigue that highlights the utter unsustainability of our current approach to people seeking our protection.

Muslim woman silhouette at the airport

Blocking asylum, by sea or by air

The case of Saudi teen Rahaf Al-Qunun dramatically demonstrates the difficulties many refugees face when attempting to escape the risk of harm at home and find safety elsewhere – whether they travel by leaky boat, or through international airports surrounded by business travellers and holiday-makers. Sometimes the dangers for refugees in transit are presented by the very people from whom they seek protection.

Women seeking asylum for family violence don’t have an easy time getting it

By Dr Tamara Wood
First published in The Conversation, 9 January 2019

Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s story has travelled around the world this week, highlighting Saudi Arabia’s repressive treatment of women and that not only those who seek asylum by sea face perilous journeys to safety.

The latest citizenship-stripping plan risks statelessness, indefinite detention and constitutional challenge

By Dr Sangeetha Pillai
First published in The Conversation on 24 November 2018

This week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton announced the federal government’s intention to introduce changes to Australia’s citizenship-stripping laws.

Nothing surrendered but much to be gained from UN migration pact

By Jane McAdam & Guy Goodwin-Gill
First published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 27 November 2018

For Australia, migration has been a nation-building enterprise that has yielded immense economic, social, and cultural benefits. It is truly part of our DNA.

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