What about the refugees we already have?

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.

Australia should resume processing refugees in their own countries

Dr Claire Higgins

Published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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.

International legal obligations once shaped our refugee policy

By Claire Higgins
First published in Pearls and Irritations, 23 October 2014

The refugee policy of the Fraser government is often invoked in debates about Australia’s current approach to asylum seekers.

Asylum bill is high-handed and Cambodia deal just a quick fix

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 September 2014

The asylum bill introduced into Federal Parliament last week is an extraordinary display of the government's disdain for international law – and its fundamental misunderstanding of it.

Are we paying too much to stop the boats?

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?


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