By Madeline Gleeson
First published in The Drum, 21 November 2014
Australia's decision not to resettle refugees registered in Indonesia deserves to be challenged, but the bigger issue is how we treat those refugees who are already in our care, writes Madeline Gleeson.
It is hard to imagine Australia's refugee policy was ever brave, principled and an example to the world of our commitment to human rights. But there was a time when Department of Immigration officials went into countries to process would-be refugees before they had to flee, and resettled them in Australia.
By Andrew Kaldor AM
First published in the Australian Financial Review, 15 September 2014
One of the claims that some commentators like to make about Australia’s asylum seeker policy is that it saves money. It’s got to be cheaper to stop the boats than to have people coming to our shores that way to seek refuge. Right?