Report calls for royal commission into children in immigration detention: experts respond

By Madeline Gleeson
First published in The Conversation, 11 February 2015

The federal government has tabled the long-awaited Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) report into children held in immigration detention.

Our obligations still apply despite High Court win

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 January 2015

The High Court has decided that the month-long detention of 157 Tamil asylum seekers at sea was legal under Australian law.

Proving refugee status will be all but impossible under onerous new requirements

By Dr Joyce Chia
First published on Crikey, 4 December 2014

We’ve heard a lot this week on whether the government will get its bill introducing temporary protection visas through – but virtually no attention has been paid to its sister bill, which will make it much harder for asylum seekers to even qualify for temporary protection.

No, Clive, asylum seeker bill won’t make it easier for the most vulnerable

By Jane McAdam and Kerry Murphy
First published in Crikey, 4 December 2014

In working with refugees in Australia, it can be said that every silver lining has a cloud. This is very evident with the new temporary visas proposed by the government for asylum seekers who arrive by boat.

One step forward, many steps back for refugees

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in The Drum, 3 December 2014

The Senate is today debating two bills that propose sweeping changes to Australian refugee law. If passed, they will not only fundamentally change the character of Australia's asylum system, but will also expose Australia to the risk of violating international law.

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