This article is based on Sarah Joseph’s presentation to the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law’s 2015 conference, delivered on July 24. You can click through her presentation using Prezi below. On the…
The new Australian Border Force conforms to the national security paradigm of combining maximum power with maximum secrecy.
The Australian Border Force is the culmination of the move towards militarised border security. This commenced in earnest with the introduction of Operation Sovereign Borders in September 2013.
The increasing obsession with ‘border security’ has conspired to erode the nation-building objectives of Australian immigration policy.
For all its faults and weaknesses, the role of the old Department of Immigration was fundamental to the success of the postwar immigration program.
Richard Marles said that whistleblower protection laws still apply when it comes to the Border Force Act.
Despite doctors voicing fears they could be jailed for disclosing abuse of refugees, Richard Marles says whistleblower protection laws would still apply in relation to the Border Force Act. Is he right?
Under the Coalition government, there has been little regard for asylum seekers’ humanity, and no concern for establishing durable solutions to their plight.
Labor has little to gain politically from deviating from the Coalition’s harsh asylum seeker policy, and yet there is urgent need for reform.
However hard we pursue happiness, when the party’s over we must still confront the grimmer aspects of life.
We can pursue our own happiness to the exclusion of the real world, but how meaningful can that be? Far better to engage with life and both the happiness and sadness it brings along the way.
Shadow Immigration Minister Richard Marles said the world is experiencing its greatest period of human need since WWII.
Shadow Immigration Minister Richard Marles has said that the world is now going through its greatest period of humanitarian need since WWII. Is that right?
Lawyers and asylum seeker advocates are concerned that the Border Force Act will have a ‘chilling effect’ on whistleblowers working in detention centres.
The Australia Border Force Act further entrenches the culture of secrecy around our asylum seeker policy at the cost of open and transparent government. That is something we should be worried about.
Persecution based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex variation is recognised as a legitimate ground for seeking refugee status.
It is estimated that there are 175 million LGBTI persons living in persecutory environments worldwide. Only around 2500 asylum claims founded on sexual orientation or gender identity are successful annually.
Migrants are living in limbo on the French-Italian border.
Italian PM blasts fellow EU leaders for spat over who takes in the desperate people arriving in his country every day.
Migrants are increasingly attempting to enter Europe overland from the East.
With thousands dying in the Mediterranean, migrants and refugees have started coming to Europe by land. And countries in the East aren't happy.
Home away from home for too many Syrians.
US State Department
Syrians are the single largest group of displaced people in the world. How to make sure that the plight of these refugees doesn't fuel future conflicts?
James with his latest work.
Conceptions of forced displacement are very often tied to the notion of "loss". But certain things do remain.
A problem shared, Theresa May, is a problem halved.
EPA/ Sebastien Nogier
Refugee Week is drawing to a close with little concrete progress. Can I at least get you to change your mind about this situation?
The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s ‘Given the Chance’ program enables asylum seekers and refugees to demonstrate their skills and loyalty as employees.
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Seeking asylum from persecution is a right and people who do so are not "illegals" under the law. Yet refugees are portrayed in negative and threatening terms in Australia, while positive stories are ignored.
Now you see it, soon you won’t.
EPA/Alessandro Di Meo
Governments mark Migrant Week by denying the problem.
Indonesia’s capacity to help Rohingya and other asylum seekers is finite and already stretched.
Allegations that people smugglers were paid by Australian officials to return to Indonesia should not distract from the search to find a workable solution to the region's asylum seeker problem.
The Abbott government has hid asylum policy behind ‘operational matters’ since it took office – starting with then-immigration minister Scott Morrison in 2013.
The withholding of information about government actions in asylum seeker policy undermines its democratic accountability to the Australian people.
Canterbury Tales mural (1939), Library of Congress.
The Refugee Tales is a modern reconstruction of Chaucer's classic pilgrimage – this time, telling the largely unspoken realities of immigration detention.
Rohinga people face triple discrimination.
ASEAN stood on the sidelines as thousands of refugees were stranded at sea, but it should apply its policy of constructive engagement to ending the persecution that drives Rohingya people out of Myanmar.