Offshore processing centres are no place for asylum seeker children

By Jane McAdam
First published in The Conservation, 27 November 2013

Recent reports that three asylum seeker children have been transferred from Nauru back to Australia because of concerns about their health raises a more fundamental question that lies at the heart of Australia’s international legal obligations and decision-making.

Australia's draconian refugee policy is built on myths

By Jane McAdam
First published in The Guardian, 30 October 2013

At the heart of Australia’s hardline approach to asylum seekers is a fundamental misconception – the assumption that draconian measures will deter desperate people. And on top of such flawed logic many a politically expedient myth has been built.

Are they illegals? No, and Scott Morrison should know better

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in They Sydney Morning Herald, 23 October 2013

As expected, the Rudd government's PNG plan is being challenged in the courts. Refugee advocates will certainly be emboldened by their recent success in convincing the High Court to strike down Labor's Malaysian solution. The question now is whether this new plan will meet the same fate.

Australian parties in 'race to bottom' on asylum seeker policy

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in CNN, 4 September 2013

As expected, the Rudd government's PNG plan is being challenged in the courts. Refugee advocates will certainly be emboldened by their recent success in convincing the High Court to strike down Labor's Malaysian solution. The question now is whether this new plan will meet the same fate.

UN slams Australia's treatment of refugees

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in The Interpreter, 28 August 2013

In a damning indictment of Australia's treatment of refugees, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) has found 143 violations of international law by Australia.

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