So long and thanks for all the fish
By Robert Merkel on June 21, 2013
Australia has rushed through legislation to offer citizenship rights to refugees. If they can bowl decent leg breaks. Thousands of others are instead detained in malaria-infested Manus Island or Nauru, or stuck in legal limbo unable to work and paid […]
By Brian on October 12, 2011
The issue likely to cause the Gillard Government the most difficulty this week is asylum seeker policy, which is due to be voted on in the House of Representatives tomorrow. It seems the votes of cross-benchers Tony Crook and Rob […]
By Kim on September 8, 2011
So, the Gillard government continues its bizarre negotiations with the Coalition over some legislative way to effectively overturn the High Court’s decision on asylum seekers, and revive offshore processing. A dire warning was provided to the Coalition by the Secretary […]
By Mark Bahnisch on September 1, 2011
It’s become increasingly clear that the High Court’s decision yesterday does more than block the ‘Malaysian Solution’. It also has the effect of radically challenging the validity and viability of a range of offshoring approaches to asylum seekers, both tried […]
By Kim on August 31, 2011
It’s just been revealed that the High Court has prevented Chris Bowen from deporting asylum seekers to Malaysia. NB: Previous discussion of the legal action on LP is here. Update: The full decision of the Court is in this post […]
By Mark Bahnisch on August 22, 2011
The CPD suggests a return to evidence-based policy on asylum seekers. The question is: how do we get there?
By Kim on August 7, 2011
In news just in, the High Court has granted an injunction against deportation of the asylum seekers who have recently arrived on Christmas Island until tomorrow, to enable argument in a case brought to assert that their deportation is illegal […]
By Kim on July 25, 2011
Chris Bowen and Malaysian Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein signed the long foreshadowed agreement for a swap of asylum seekers at 2.30pm. There are some details, though not a lot, at the ABC.
By Brian on July 7, 2011
Tonight ABC1 puts to air its documentary Leaky boat plus a special edition of Q&A. Can’t say I’m looking forward to it, but the arrival of MV Tampa which Howard turned into the Tampa affair in the context of the […]
By tigtog on June 23, 2011
The #GoBackSBS hashtag on Twitter over the last few days has been running hot and garnered worldwide attention – “ordinary Australians” on a reverse-journey – from Australia back to where some of the immigrant refugees they meet at the start came from.
By Robert Merkel on October 1, 2010
Election quick-fix ends after election: HUNDREDS of Afghans seeking asylum in Australia face an increased chance of being sent home after the Gillard government lifted its controversial freeze on processing their applications. Announcing the end of the freeze, new Immigration […]