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Guide

16 Nov 2017

This guide provides statistics on the number of boats that have been ‘turned back’ since the practice of removing unauthorised maritime arrivals in Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels (SIEVs) from Australian waters was introduced by the Howard Government (from 2001–2003) and reintroduced by the...

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Commentary

12 Nov 2017

Back in October 2005, Australia confronted a looming humanitarian emergency not too different from the one the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, says is unfolding on Manus Island now. A group of asylum seekers had been held for roughly the same four-year-plus period on...

Commentary

06 Nov 2017

In her first meeting with Malcolm Turnbull on 5 November, NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, behaved with admirable tact and diplomacy. She offered the Australian government a partial way out of its self-made disaster on Manus Island, and when her proposal was instantly put on ice by Mr Turnbull...

Report

03 Nov 2017

Statelessness can exacerbate the exclusion that minorities already face, further limiting their access to education, health care, legal employment, freedom of movement, development opportunities and the right to vote. It creates a chasm between affected groups and the wider community, deepening...

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Blog post

27 Oct 2017

The Australian-funded regional processing centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), is due to close on 31 October. This will bring to an end, after five years, the Australian Government practice of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Manus Island (the processing centre on Nauru...

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Policy report

26 Oct 2017

The Law Council of Australia recognises that forced displacement affects a significant number of people worldwide, and that the number of people seeking international protection, and a safe and viable way in which to access it, continues to increase.

The Law Council therefore...

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Research report

18 Sep 2017

The Liberal Party of Australia, in coalition with The Nationals (together, the Coalition), won the 2013 federal election, defeating the Australian Labor Party (ALP) which had been in power for six years since December 2007. Tony Abbott was duly sworn in as Australia’s 28th Prime Minister on 18...

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Report

14 May 2017

Digital verification of images and videos establishes that bullets were fired directly into the Manus refugee centre on 14 April, putting the lives of refugees and asylum-seekers there in danger, this new Amnesty International briefing says.

The new briefing directly contradicts initial...

Research report

21 Apr 2017

On 12 September 2016, the Senate referred the following matters to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report.

The terms of reference were as follows;

The serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the...

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17 Nov 2016

The one-off deal brokered by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, for the resettlement of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to the United States has the potential to go a long way to finally giving these people a new start.

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Audio interview

01 Nov 2016

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed 'deep concern' at the government's proposal to ban refugees who arrive by boat from ever entering Australia.

The UN body has reminded the Turnbull government that Australia has a responsibility to offer protection to all...

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Research report

17 Oct 2016

The current policy of the Australian Government is that no person who arrives in the country by boat seeking asylum can ever settle in Australia. Instead, anyone who arrives by boat is forcibly taken to offshore 'Refugee Processing Centres,' one of which is on the remote Pacific island of Nauru...

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Research report

14 Sep 2016

The Commission has endeavoured to identify options for responding to flight by sea which are consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations.

In publishing this paper, the Commission is seeking to make a positive contribution to this difficult policy area. We have...

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Research report

13 Sep 2016

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) management of procurement activity for garrison support and welfare services at the offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea (Manus Island) has fallen well short of effective procurement practice. This audit has...

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Commentary

Article

12 Sep 2016

Anniversaries are opportunities for reflection and re-evaluation. In recent weeks, news media around the world have commemorated and reassessed the events of late August and early September 2015 that led to the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers, and their initially...

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Audio interview

07 Sep 2016

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has received a blow to her open borders policy towards migrants and refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria.

On the weekend, her ruling CDU party was out-voted by an anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party at local elections in the north-east of Germany—and...

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Commentary

Article

16 Aug 2016

The ‘Nauru files,’ which detail reports of abuse in Australia’s asylum-seeker detention centre on Nauru, have received global attention since their release. They should provide a flashpoint for the Turnbull government to reassess the longstanding policy of offshore detention of asylum seekers...

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Audio program

11 Aug 2016

The Turnbull Government is facing mounting calls for a Royal Commission into immigration detention on Nauru.

It follows the mass leak of more than 2,000 incident reports detailing assaults, sexual abuse and self harm attempts—more than half of which involve children.

The...

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Policy

Report

10 Aug 2016

The Policy Paper recommends that Australia end its harmful policies of offshore processing, boat turnbacks and the mandatory detention of people seeking asylum. The Policy Paper sets out practical and sound measures to be considered by the Australian government in order to adopt a just and...

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Research report

18 Jul 2016

To date, relatively little attention has been given to the experience of people seeking asylum being 'warehoused' in our region. While the policies of the country in which they are residing also impact on their experiences, it is clear from researchers, non-government organisations (NGOs) that...

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