UN slams Australia's treatment of refugees

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in The Interpreter, 28 August 2013

In a damning indictment of Australia's treatment of refugees, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) has found 143 violations of international law by Australia.

Coalition would find asylum processing plan fails on two fronts

By George Williams AO
First published in Sydney Morning Herald, 26 August 2013

Whatever the election outcome, we can expect that asylum seekers will argue their case in the High Court. This has already begun with an attack on Labor's Papua New Guinea plan. A constitutional challenge to Coalition policy would also seem certain.

Inefficient Coalition asylum policy will flood the courts

By Professor Jane McAdam and Ben Saul
First published in The Age, 16 August 2013

The Coalition's new policy on asylum will degrade administrative decision-making, undermine accountability of public power, and leave refugees in a permanent state of psychological and legal limbo.

More than a legal issue, PNG plan challenges core principles

By George Williams AO
First published in Sydney Morning Herald, 23 July 2013

As expected, the Rudd government's PNG plan is being challenged in the courts. Refugee advocates will certainly be emboldened by their recent success in convincing the High Court to strike down Labor's Malaysian solution. The question now is whether this new plan will meet the same fate.

Overheated Carr takes aim at scapegoats in boats

By Mary Crock, Michelle Foster and Jane McAdam
First published in Sydney Morning Herald, 2 July 2013

The new Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, would be well advised to focus his attention on bilateral relations with Indonesia. Although inciting fears of military confrontation is very unhelpful, he is correct that opposition plans to push back asylum boats would place Australia on a collision course in more than one respect.

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