High court verdict spells the end for Australian immigration detention as we know it

By Dr Joyce Chia
First published in The Guardian, 11 September 2014

Thursday’s high court verdict, which dealt another blow to the federal government’s plans to give asylum seekers temporary protection visas, set significant new limits on Australia’s policy of mandatory detention.

No "Climate Refugees" in New Zealand

By Jane McAdam
First published in Planet Policy, 13 August 2014

There has been a lot of media coverage recently about the June 4, 2014 decision of the New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal, heralded as the first legal recognition of “climate refugees” focusing on a family from Tuvalu.

Beyond Operation Sovereign Borders

By Claire Higgins and Bob Douglas
First published in Inside Story, 1 August 2014

In late June two sixteen-year-old Vietnamese asylum seekers were removed from their Adelaide home without warning and placed in closed detention in Darwin.

Time to change our perception of asylum seekers

By Jane McAdam, Travers McLeod and Bob Douglas
First published in The Canberra Times, 22 July 2014

Gary Humphries, writing in The Canberra Times on July 18 (''We’re lost in refugee divide''), nicely pinpoints the current dilemma for policymakers trying to do the right thing about asylum seekers.

High Court ruling could redefine our democracy

By Joyce Chia
First published in The Drum, 9 July 2014

Yesterday's High Court hearing on the potential return of Sri Lankan asylum seekers raises profound questions about the separation of powers and the rule of law in Australia.


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