While Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton boast about border protection, just quietly the numbers of asylum seekers have increased to a record 27,931 in 2017-18.
Immigration has featured as an issue in every Australian election since 2001. But the numbers often tell a different story from the political posturing.
Shorten is worried about Labor being wedged, because border protection is always a politically vulnerable area for the ALP.
Scott Morrison says the government will not shift from outright
opposition to the bill, which is based on a proposal originally coming from independent Kerryn Phelps but subsequently refined.
The exit of George Brandis would be one less frustration for Peter Dutton.
It's ironic, but true, that the man who was lambasted for asserting the right for people to be bigots is at present the strongest voice in the cabinet for the protections of the rule of law.
The executive government in Australia has more power than most people realise, especially when it comes to immigration.
Under US law, the president must publish all of their executive orders for public view. The Australian government is under no such obligation.
Protests after death of a 36-year-old woman in custody at immigration detention facility in Arizona.
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A short history of legal challenges to immigrant detention practices in the U.S. may shed light on what's to come for the new administration.
There is little evidence that support for multiculturalism is directly tied to support for particular levels of immigration.
Senior politicians slurring the reputation of immigrants does more to erode support for multiculturalism than do uncontrolled borders.
Malcolm Turnbull’s Howard-not-so-lite approach will upset many in the migrant community, and in the so-called ‘doctors’ wives’ areas.
Anticipation is core business for political strategists. Last year Bill Shorten and those around him correctly judged Labor was electorally exposed on border protection.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has so far continued in the ‘bad cop’, border protector image of his predecessor, Scott Morrison.
2014 was the year of triumphant press conferences at which the Abbott government affirmed its determination to “stop the boats” and outlined its success at doing so. However, 2015 is likely to be much…
Michael Pezzullo is spearheading far-reaching changes in doctrine and organisation of Australian immigration and border security.
The Australian government is in the throes of a major recasting of traditional immigration and border security doctrines and institutions. The changes are being led by the incoming secretary of the newly…
Hazaras have long been persecuted in Afghanistan, but those returned from countries like Australia are in particular danger of being tortured and murdered.
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It has been a bad time lately for Afghan Hazaras with Australian connections. In late September, the shocking news came through that the Taliban had tortured and murdered an Australian of Afghan background…
A supposedly proud record of generosity to refugees in no way alters the harshness of the government’s present policies.
How do Australian institutions and political leaders draw on history to tell us who we are? How do they make sense of Australia’s past as a country of immigration and a nation that has accommodated hundreds…