Politically, ‘stop the boats’ has been a winning slogan. But such policy in action is harsh and out of step with Australia’s international responsibilities. Around the world there are examples of safe ways for people to seek asylum without risking dangerous journeys, initiatives called complementary pathways.
It was the day after Australia's 27th Governor-General was sworn in, and Dr Kerryn Phelps AM noted his words as she launched the new book from Kaldor Centre Director Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong, Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs: ‘He said, Australians are good people, well-intentioned people. I ran that through my internal logic filter, and found myself thinking, That's how we like to think of ourselves, but…’
When Australians talk about people seeking asylum, the discussion tends to be 'emotional and often not very thought through', but the Kaldor Centre Principles for Australian Refugee Policy challenge us to change that debate, said UNSW Chancellor David Gonski AC as he launched the evidence-based policy agenda on 13 June at Wotton + Kearney in Sydney.
On the 23 November 2018, the Kaldor Centre hosted its fifth annual conference, entitled ‘Refugee Diplomacy: Negotiating protection in a changing world'’. Director Professor Jane McAdam opened the conference with this Year in Review presentation.