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Home Affairs hasn’t made it clear what measures of oversight and surveillance will be applied to private corporations. AAP Image/Dan Peled

The government wants to privatise visa processing. Who will be held accountable when something goes wrong?

When visa services are run in the interests of profit rather than border governance, corrupt tactics can be used to benefit the providers’ bottom line.
The Australian government refers to asylum seekers who arrived by boat as ‘illegal’ entrants. James Ross/AAP

Asylum seekers have a right to higher education and academics can be powerful advocates

Asylum seekers are not permanent residents and have to pay full fees for university courses. Just as doctors led the campaign to get kids off Nauru, academics can advocate for access to education.
Phoenix Raei plays an Iranian refugee forced to join a fight club in a detention centre in the film Below. Melbourne International Film Festival

A new Australian film set in an immigration detention centre is a jarring mix of violence, satire and humanism

In the film Below, a fight club is set up in a fictional, remote immigration detention centre. However the film’s shock tactics often feel manufactured, and risk exploiting the refugee crisis as mere backdrop.
Kimora Adetunji, 33, is seen with her son King, 2, outside Federal Court in Toronto in May 2017, where indefinite immigration detention was subject of a court hearing. Her husband was detained for almost a year before being released. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

A world without immigration detention is possible

Migration governance without immigration detention is desirable and achievable. Eliminating all detention will universally benefit citizens, migrants and everyone in between.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiling tough new proposals to strip extremists of their Australian citizenship. Joel Carrett/AAP

The latest citizenship-stripping plan risks statelessness, indefinite detention and constitutional challenge

Australia is proposing some of the toughest citizenship stripping laws in the world as it steps up efforts to curb extremist attacks - but the proposed law could run into significant legal hurdles
Sirley Silveira Paixao, an immigrant from Brazil seeking asylum, kisses her 10-year-old son Diego Magalhaes, after he is released from immigration detention in Chicago on July 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Drugging detained children is like using a chemical straitjacket

Psychotropic medication is 'pharmaceutical violence' against migrant children and other incarcerated youth throughout the United States. Drug addiction is one consequence.

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