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.
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.
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.
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.
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?