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It is almost four decades since the first boats carrying Indochinese asylum seekers arrived on Australia’s shores. Since then a widespread perception in the community that Australia is being swamped by waves of asylum seekers arriving unauthorised by boat continues to strongly influence government policy...
In this e-brief Janet Phillips and Adrienne Millbank summarise recent developments and key issues in the debate about mandatory detention in Australia. They provide links to web sites and material covering detention policy and practice in Australia, and detention and removal policies and practices in...
Asylum seeker and refugee policy has attracted a great deal of attention in Australia for many years. In particular, concerns over the unauthorised arrival of asylum seekers by boat have occupied successive governments and parliaments since the 1970s. With increasing levels of global forced displacement,...
This research paper provides an overview of significant developments in refugee law and policy during the period 18 September 2013 to 2 July 2016 (the Coalition Government’s first term in office).
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 in 2001.