ASIO's new power over asylum seekers needs proper checks and balances

By George Williams AO
Published in Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 2014

Last week, government and opposition members voted together in Federal Parliament to confirm that refugees subjected to an adverse security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) could be detained indefinitely.

Cambodia asylum plan is simply poor policy

By Joyce Chia
First published in The Drum, 5 May 2014

Cambodia, a poor, politically fragile country with a horrific past, was until recently a nation that produced refugees, not took them.

Scrapping legal aid for refugees will cost more than it saves

By Jane McAdam
First published in The Guardian, 1 April 2014

The government has ceased funding legal assistance for asylum seekers who came by boat and for those in immigration detention, arguing the move will save taxpayers millions of dollars a year.

Manus Island: the end does not justify the means

By Jane McAdam
First published in The Conversation, 27 February 2014

The Australian government cannot duck and weave and imply that events on Manus Island involving asylum seekers were lawless acts over which it had no control.

Scrapping complementary protection immigration laws a backward step

By Jane McAdam
First published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February 2014

A Senate Committee will examine on Friday whether or not Australia should get rid of laws that prevent our government from deporting people to places where they are at risk of being killed, tortured, or exposed to other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.


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