In a counter attack against the Coalition, which is running hard on the ALP being soft on borders, Shorten accused the government of “telling lies about Labor” and thereby “doing the dirty work of the people smugglers.”
He said the $500 million would directly improve orderly regional processing and resettlement in the region and countries closer to where refugees originally come from.
The area of greater uncertainty under Labor is a very different one –
that is, how much of the unions’ agenda a Shorten government would be willing to embrace.
In the lead up to next week's ALP national conference, which Shorten
needs to run smoothly, the government has been trying to exploit what
it sees as a Labor weak point – border protection.
Albanese predicts next week’s ALP national conference will be “very.
constructive”, dismissing concerns about divisions over boat
Speaking to The Conversation, Albanese wouldn't comment on Bill Shorten's unpopularity with voters, arguing instead that it's a matter of whether the Labor team is “seen as worthy of election".
Detail from Alex Seton’s A Durable Solution? - a series of memorial plaques naming the 12 men who have died under our ‘care’.
Sullivan & Strumpf
Alex Seton's sculpture A Durable Solution? dominates the protest exhibition at the forthcoming ALP national conference. He has also created an official memorial to Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Syrian refugees in Haouch El Nabi in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon.
The intricacies of Lebanese politics mean Syrian refugees continue to be scapegoated.
A young girl protesting at a rally to bring refugees on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia.
The refugee and migration compacts are not perfect, but they offer the chance for countries to do better by people on the move, and should be joined.
In this Nov. 25, 2018 photo, a Honduran migrant converses with U.S border agents on the other side of razor wire after they fired tear gas at migrants pressuring to cross into the U.S. from Tijuana, Mexico.
(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
The Donald Trump administration is repelling asylum-seekers by any means necessary, treating them as invaders and using military rhetoric to demonize them. It's time for reality to prevail.
Still the centre?
Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The 'centre' has long been chasing the right on immigration politics.
Members of the Central American migrant ‘caravan’ at the Mexican border city of Tijuana.
The number of countries withdrawing seems to be growing by the day.
For Scott Morrison, the final sitting fortnight has been excruciating.
As both sides played the tactics, a remarkable thing happened in the House of Representatives. Behaviour improved 100%, with
none of the usual screaming and exchanges of insults.
A frame from a comic by the organisation PositivesNegatives.
Copyright: Positive Negatives, illustration by Gabi Froden
A series of recent comics are trying to shift the narrative about refugees.
Demonstration of support of refugees, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015.
How can a hashtag supportive of refugees be hijacked by those opposing them? An empirical study explores the process.
South Sudan can be stabilised, but great effort is needed from numerous players.
South Sudan faces numerous and serious challenges contributing to instability. But there are potential solutions.
This week’s fallout from Turnbull’s Indonesian excursion has undermined Morrison on foreign policy – about which he gave his first major address on Thursday – and cast doubt on his personal credibility.
For years Turnbull had to endure the sniping of Abbott, the man he brought down. Now Turnbull is the sniper at the window, though Morrison didn't cause his fall (unless you buy the conspiracy
Rally organized by HIAS, a Jewish group that supports refugees, outside the White House.
The idea of welcoming the stranger is central to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Today, that engenders a responsibility to shield refugees and other immigrants from violence and oppression.
Michelle Grattan speaks about the week in politics with Nick Klomp.
More than 25,000 people voted for Faith Goldy for mayor of Toronto. What does it mean?
Faith Goldy's third-place finish in the Toronto mayoralty race should not be dismissed. We must be watchful of the potential lessons that other far-right politicians may draw from her campaign.
A Christmas party at a border transit camp for refugees in Friedland, 2016.
Despite heated debates about immigration policy, German citizens' views of migrants and a 'refugee crisis' changed little in the year after Angela Merkel's 2015 decision to open borders.
Hanns’ arguments challenge the strong warnings from Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton about the danger of reviving the people.
smuggling trade if there is any relaxation of policy.
In a paper being sent to all federal MPs, Shaun Hanns argues that current policy is based on an unfounded belief that resettlement in Australia would lead to an out-of-control influx of boat arrivals.
Naira and her daughter, who are traveling with thousands of other immigrants from Central America, rest in Huixtla, Mexico, on Oct. 22, 2018.
A scholar who has worked with asylum-seekers for a decade explains why the legal path to safety is challenging for the migrants currently traveling through Mexico.