Podcast: Book Launch 'Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum Is Legal and Australia’s Policies Are Not'

Kaldor Centre Director, Professor Jane McAdam, and Fiona Chong’s new book 'Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum Is Legal and Australia’s Policies Are Not' (UNSW Press, 2014) was launched on 4 September 2015. Admiral Chris Barrie AC, the former Chief of Defence in Australia at the time of the 2001 'Children Overboard' affair, spoke at the launch.

Podcast: Q&A Panel: The High Court & the Tamil Asylum Case

On 22 July 2014, the Kaldor Centre convened an expert panel to discuss the High Court case involving 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers held by an Australian customs vessel on the high seas (later handed down as CPCF v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2015] HCA 1). The case raises questions of international law, constitutional law, and administrative law, all of which were the subject of the discussion.

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Podcast: The Forgotten Children: Australia's treatment of asylum seeker and refugee children

This podcast was recorded on 23 April 2015. The Australian Human Rights Commission’s 'Forgotten Children' report on children in immigration detention caused considerable controversy, and offers a rare insight into life inside Australia’s detention centres. At this seminar, Jennifer Whelan and Madeline Gleeson spoke about the key findings of the report and some of the questions it raises.


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