Houston Report on asylum seeker policy: what it means for those who are targeted
15 August 2012 | 'Hard-headed but not hard-hearted' is how Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston describes the 22 recommendations he and his expert panel handed down this week for asylum seeker policy in Australia. The recommendations included increasing Australia’s humanitarian intake by up to 14,000 people over the next five years, processing asylum seekers at off-shore facilities on Nauru and Manus Island and preventing family reunion concessions for those who arrive unauthorised by boat. Refugee advocates have applauded the boost to refugee numbers but say the recommendations are a violation of Australia’s obligations under the UN Refugee Convention. But what does someone who would have been a target of the policies feel about the changes?