The everyday lives of Australians have changed dramatically in the past two months, as we try to protect each other from coronavirus. But while the message is that we are ‘all in this together’, the policy responses to this pandemic are playing out with specific, and often severe, consequences for the tens of thousands of people here on precarious visas.
Despite landmark legal changes in Australia and elsewhere recognising equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people, many countries continue to criminalise and demonise the everyday lives of LGBTIQ people. Claiming asylum in a Western liberal democracy on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity can be fraught. Listen to this special panel event offering Australian and global perspectives on refugee protection for LGBTIQ people.
On 26 November 2019, the Kaldor Centre hosted its sixth annual conference, entitled ‘Good decisions: Achieving fairness in refugee law, policy and practice.' Acting Director Professor Guy Goodwin Gill opened the conference with this Year in Review presentation.
On 26 November 2019, the Kaldor Centre hosted its sixth annual conference, entitled 'Good decisions: Achieving fairness in refugee law, policy and practice'. This panel discussion focused on how decisions that shape our laws and public policy must result in fair, transparent and protection-oriented outcomes.This session explored the interaction (and dissonance) between public attitudes on refugees, the lived experiences of refugees, and sweeping Ministerial powers to decide refugees’ fates without judicial oversight or review. It was chaired by Abdul Karim Hekmat, a freelance journalist and former refugee from Afganistan.
On 26 November 2019, the Kaldor Centre hosted its sixth annual conference, entitled 'Good decisions: Achieving fairness in refugee law, policy and practice'. This keynote address was presented by Dr Hilary Evans Cameron, a former litigator who represented refugee claimants for a decade. She holds a doctorate in refugee law from the University of Toronto, where she is a lecturer in the Ethics, Society and Law Program, in addition to being an Adjunct Professor at Osgood Hall Law School. It is entitled "Toward 'fair, transparent and protection-sensitive' credibility judgments."