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.
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.
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.
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.
The best way to ensure that children are not subjected to abuse in detention is to not have them in detention in the first place.
There are reasons to query whether, in practice, proposed legislation to protect Border Force employees who report child abuse in detention centres is necessary.
The Nauruan government’s announcements have already had a much greater effect in the High Court than on Nauru itself.
Many have claimed that the ending of detention on Nauru is a strategic move to undermine a constitutional challenge to Australia’s offshore detention regime, heard by the High Court this week.
Life on Nauru is not idyllic – particularly for asylum seekers.
The undeniable truth is that Nauru – whether inside or outside the confines of the detention camp – is a dangerous and soul-destroying place for both asylum seekers and refugees.
There are some 600 asylum seekers on Nauru still to be processed.
Nauru has announced that its detention facility has become an “open centre” and all refugee claims will be processed within a week.
Julian Burnside at a hearing during the Tampa case in 2001.
By our response to boat people since August 2001, we may have redefined our national character.
A Senate committee report has revealed damning allegations of abuse in the offshore processing centre on Nauru.
Offshore detention facilities exist precisely to allow Australia to do things abroad that it could not do at home.
An image from the Manus Island detention centre during a hunger strike by asylum seekers in January.
AAP/Refugee Action Collective
Australia's system of offshore immigration detention operates outside of any effective state jurisdiction.
Labor, like the Coalition, would retain the offshore processing framework and the option of turning back asylum-seeker boats.
Following the Labor conference's decision to leave open the option of turning back asylum seeker boats, are there any differences left between Labor’s asylum policies and the Coalition’s?
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.
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.
A drawing by a six-year-old child detained at the Christmas Island detention centre.
The federal government has tabled the long-awaited Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) report into children held in immigration detention. The report, which recommends a royal commission be held…
Australians should demand a more representative dialogue on matters of refugee protection, inclusive of asylum seekers’ voices.
AAP/Refugee Action Coalition
Australia has long shown disregard for international conventions surrounding refugees. It labels asylum seekers in detention on Manus Island as “transferees”, also frequently referring to those who arrive…