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."
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.