Malcolm Turnbull is breaking international law with cruel lifetime refugee ban

By Jane McAdam and Ben Saul
First published in the Sydney Morning Herald, 9 November 2016

The Turnbull government has proposed a bill to permanently ban refugees from Australia who sought to enter Australia without a visa from mid-2013. Critics have noted that the bill is harsh, excessive and would ban refugees happily resettled in other countries from ever visiting Australia even for business, tourism or to see friends or family.

What if other countries copied Australia's border security example?

By Frances Voon
First published in the Lowy Interpreter, 23 September 2016

Two international summits held in New York this week were intended to generate fresh political will and substantial new pledges to bolster the international response to refugees. Australia's contribution to these summits was not only inadequate, it demonstrated a fundamental misconception of the requirements of international cooperation for refugee protection.

The Australia-Cambodia Refugee Relocation Agreement Is Unique, But Does Little to Improve Protection

By Madeline Gleeson
First published in the Online Journal of the Migration Policy Institute, 21 September 2016

The refugee relocation agreement between Australia and the Kingdom of Cambodia—which marked its second anniversary in September 2016—is simultaneously one of the most extraordinary yet underwhelming components of Australia’s efforts to deter asylum seekers from reaching its territory by boat.

What Australia Needs To Bring To The UN Refugees Summit

By Frances Voon
First published in the The Huffington Post, 16 September 2016

Displacement is a global challenge requiring collective international action. This is the imperative driving two historic international summits taking place this week in New York, which Australia will attend.

Glimmers of Hope

Geoff Gilbert

By Geoff Gilbert

In less than 24 hours’ time in New York, on 19 September 2016, heads of state and government will gather at the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants. What will count as success … and for whom?


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