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Australia’s multi-billion-dollar offshore processing system has demonstrably failed to stop boats, save lives or break the business model of people smugglers, according to a new policy brief from UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, 'Cruel, costly and ineffective: The failure of offshore processing in Australia'. 

Released at a pivotal moment when the policy is drawing political interest elsewhere as an ‘Australian model’, ‘Cruel, costly and ineffective: The failure of offshore processing in Australia’ marks nine years since Australia resumed its bipartisan policy of intercepting asylum seekers at sea and forcibly transferring them to the Pacific nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea. 

In this podcast, the Kaldor Centre's Senior Research Fellow Madeline Gleeson and international refugee lawyer and scholar Natasha Yacoub discuss their latest policy brief with Lauren Martin.

Listen to the podcast here, or subscribe through iTunes.


About the Speakers

Madeline Gleeson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kaldor Centre, where she directs the Offshore Processing and Regional Protection projects, and is the author of the award-winning book Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru.  

Natasha Yacoub is an international refugee law and scholar. Working on refugee protection for two decades in conflict and peacetime settings, she was recently based in Myanmar and subsequently in Australia, covering Pacific Island States (including Nauru and Papua New Guinea). 


The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.