Dutton should learn to live with lawyers helping in matters of life and death

By Dr Claire Higgins
First published in The Guardian, 31 August 2018

Lawyers who defend asylum seekers, the Immigration Minister believes, are ‘un-Australian’. Peter Dutton is not the first Minister to level criticism at asylum seeker advocates. But history shows that things could –and should – have turned out very differently...

Australia is bankrupting its standing with 'deportation by destitution' policy

By Dr Claire Higgins

Australia’s latest asylum policy appears to be deportation by destitution. By cutting financial support from 100 asylum seekers and issuing a new ‘final departure Bridging E Visa’, the government is putting vulnerable people at risk of homelessness and privation. This might seem like an act with purely domestic consequences...

Explainer: how do Australia’s proposed citizenship laws compare internationally?

By Dr Sangeetha Pillai
First published in The Conversation

Debate will resume in parliament this week over the government’s proposed changes to Australian citizenship laws. Among the reforms is a requirement for migrants to be permanent residents of Australia for four years before applying for citizenship - an increase from the current requirement of one year...

Humanitarian corridors: Safe passage but only for a few

By Dr Claire Higgins
First published in Lowy Interpreter

There is a counter-narrative emerging in Europe’s approach to irregular migration, even as EU governments seek new ways to discourage desperate journeys across the Central Mediterranean route to Italy. Via the skies over Rome and Paris, other journeys are getting safer, as church groups fly asylum seekers in to claim protection...

Proposed citizenship test would forgo a ‘fair go for all’

By Khanh Hoang
First published in The Lowy Interpreter

The Australian Government this week introduced a new Bill into parliament to amend the Citizenship Act 2007. The move comes just two weeks after submissions to its discussion paper had closed – those submissions have not been made public...


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