How our refugee policy has changed since Fraser

By Dr Claire Higgins
First published in The Drum, 27 March 2015

The plight of refugees is a complex issue for governments around the world. Yet the essential choices they face are straightforward. As the late Malcolm Fraser told me in 2010, his government had two: "Say yes. Say no."

Climate change brings disasters on steroids

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 February 2015

Australia's $5 million contribution to address the devastating impacts of Cyclone Pam is a much-needed and welcome act. But remedial responses like this are not enough.

Would you want the Immigration Minister as your legal guardian?

By Jenni Whelan
First published in Crikey, 19 February 2015

Last week, the Australian Human Rights Commission, in The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention report, recommended that an independent guardian be appointed for child asylum seekers who arrive in Australia without a parent or guardian, as currently the Minister for Immigration is the legal guardian of unaccompanied children.

Who is legally responsible for abuse of asylum seeker children?

By Madeline Gleeson
First published in Crikey, 12 February 2015

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s report into children in immigration detention is out, and the findings are clear.

It's been 10 years, how do we still have children in detention?

By Madeline Gleeson
First published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2015

"Australians don't need a team of experts or dramatic media stories to convince them that detention centres are no place for children to grow up."


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