Australia tears up UN treaty with treatment of asylum seekers

By Jane McAdam
First published in Sydney Morning Herald, 7 July 2014

Under international law, Australia has an obligation to ensure people are not exposed to refoulement. This isn’t something forced upon us by the UN, but a commitment we made voluntarily.

Punishment not protection behind Morrison’s refugee law changes

By Jane McAdam and Kerry Murphy
First published in The Conversation, 27 June 2014

Earlier this week, immigration minister Scott Morrison introduced the Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill in response to a High Court decision that ruled invalid his move to cap the number of protection visas at 2773 until July 1.

Slow refugee processing creates fear and uncertainty on Manus Island

By Claire Higgins
First published in The Conversation, 19 June 2014

It’s been a busy Refugee Week so far. The High Court dismissed a constitutional challenge to offshore processing of asylum seekers, while the federal Labor caucus rejected an internal motion calling for the party to end its support of that very policy.

Penny wise, pound foolish: how to really save money on refugees

By Joyce Chia and Claire Higgins
Published in The Conversation, 12 June 2014

At a cost of A$826.1 million in the 2014-15 federal budget, the processing and detention of around 2,500 asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island is a scandalous waste of taxpayers' money.

Memo to Scott Morrison: Why taxpayers should fund advocacy

By Joyce Chia
First published in Pro Bono News, 3 June 2014

Here we go again. Last week, the Refugee Council of Australia had almost a quarter of its funding cut by the Minister for Immigration, despite having been allocated that money in the Budget.

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