Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt is leading a sanctuary offer to asylum-seekers facing deportation to Nauru.
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In offering to open church buildings across Australia as places of sanctuary for asylum seekers, church leaders are appealing to an ancient notion of how we should treat people in need of protection.
‘That is Nauru. All the people are sad,’ explains the child who drew this picture.
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There is only so much trauma an individual can endure before it causes long-term problems for mental health, cognition and behaviour.
A recent Human Rights Watch report condemned Australia for its ‘abusive’ approach to asylum seekers.
Strong evidence backs the increasing weight of international sentiment opposing Australia’s human rights record. Australia may already have pariah status in terms of its asylum policies.
Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull must now decide whether all of the 267 asylum seekers will be deported.
Malcolm Turnbull turned on the machismo and Peter Dutton stayed tough, after the High Court confirmed Australia's offshore detention regime is constitutional.
There is no endgame for refugees on either Manus Island or Nauru – no answer to where they are supposed to settle in the long term.
Parts of a High Court decision on the legality of offshore processing deal a crucial blow to the tired argument that what happens offshore is not Australia’s responsibility.
A Brisbane-born baby boy, whose parents are from Iran, is one of 37 babies who could be deported to Nauru.
The High Court has thrown out a challenge to the government's power to detain people offshore.
New arrivals will be searched and told to give up items of value.
For many, it evokes memories of the Holocaust. So how can the government justify it?
“Oh, not that one. Surely?”
Even though it’s often a matter of life or death, the asylum process is often obstructed by bureaucratic hurdles.
God’s son, an early and astute observer of the limits of developmental economics, famously declared that “the poor will always be with you”. To judge by the otherwise enchanting streets of Paris, he knew…
Former and current immigration ministers Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton have yet to apologise for the expulsion of Save the Children Australia staff from Nauru.
The concept of “ministerial responsibility” means, among other things, that ministers are held accountable for what they say – right? But if you are the immigration minister in the Coalition government…
The journey to detention on Manus Island (pictured) and Nauru has its origins in 1990 cabinet discussions of asylum seeker policy.
The logic of the policy changes initiated by the Hawke government in mid-1990 has underpinned asylum-seeker policy for much of the quarter-century since.
Is Malcolm Turnbull’s rhetoric substantive, or will we just see the continuation of old habits?
Polls are revealing the vast popularity of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, but is his rhetoric of reform simply a matter of appearance, or a sign of substantial change in Australian policy?
Lack of funding support shuts out refugees from accessing higher education.
People seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas should have access to education funding and loan schemes so they can improve their skills, gain qualifications and contribute to Australia.
Both the Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine broadly agree that peace can be achieved in Rakhine State.
We recently undertook extensive fieldwork in Myanmar to find out what could help resolve the underlying issues that drive the conflict between the Muslim Rohingya and the majority Buddhist Rakhine.
Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder requires conditions better than refugees in Germany are experiencing.
The experience and situation of many of the refugees precludes successful treatment of PTSD due to the nature of the disorder and what it requires to ease.
Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has flagged concerns about how the extra 12,000 refugees chosen for resettlement in Australia will be picked.
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When asked about a plan to resettle an extra 12,000 refugees in Australia, Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi said that the UNHCR determines who is going to be sent to Australia or not. Is that right?
The task of identifying anyone fleeing a war zone, as many Syrians are, can be very challenging.
It beggars belief that there are people who have attached themselves to groups seeking to escape this barbarity. Their objectives are the very antithesis of those seeking sanctuary.
Australia’s policies on asylum seekers have been criticised by many countries at the UN’s Human Rights Council.
Department of Immigration
Dallas Rogers speaks with Shanthi Robertson and Ien Ang about the role migrants, refugees and the border will play in Australia during the Asian century.
The second Universal Periodic Review of Australia took place under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council on November 9. Such reviews, which entail wide ranging scrutiny of a state’s human rights…
Australia’s response to its Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council may be influenced by its bid for a seat on the council.
More than 100 countries have taken the opportunity to comment and make recommendations on Australia’s human rights record.