Harriet Spinks


Boat ‘turnbacks’ in Australia: a quick guide to the statistics since 2001 - July 2018 update

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 Abbott Government...
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What next for the refugees and failed asylum seekers on Manus Island?

After five years, the Australian government practice of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Manus Island is about to finish.

New Zealanders in Australia: a quick guide

Under various arrangements since the 1920s, there has been a free flow of people between Australia and New Zealand. Historically, migration flows across the Tasman have been large in both directions, but since the 1960s more New Zealanders than Australians have chosen to cross the...

The Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa: a quick guide

Introduction One of the most significant changes to Australia’s immigration flows over the last two decades has been the growth of long-term (12 months or more) temporary migration. While some of this growth can be attributed to increases in arrivals of overseas students and working...

Overseas students: immigration policy changes 1997–2015

Introduction This paper provides a chronology that draws on ministerial press statements to trace changes in Australia’s immigration policy in relation to overseas students between 1997 and June 2015. Immigration policies introduced in this period fundamentally changed the nature of migration to Australia. Policy changes...