Policy report

A right to come home? Repatriation rights and policy in Australia

A key pillar of Australia’s success in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has been its closure of international borders. This paper addresses the principal issues concerning repatriation policy, and sets out recommendations to address deficiencies.

Report of the Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy

This report acknowledges the enduring successes of Australian democracy. It is important to also understand the social changes that have posed new challenges to democratic participation and stability. The committee believes that this report demonstrates why Australia’s democratic institutions matter, and why reinvigorating them is...
Conference paper

Rethinking citizenship and local planning to improve people’s participation: lessons learnt from the neighbourhood house experience

This paper explores tensions in the idea of citizenship from a theoretical stance and from a perspective anchored in the local experience of neighbourhood houses, and reminds us that being a citizen engaged in governance of a place is more difficult than the much more...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Will the Government's new citizenship test demand a university-level standard of English?

Tony Burke, the Opposition spokesman for citizenship and multicultural Australia, claims a new language test proposed by the Government would demand the same level of English proficiency that is required for university admission — a standard too stringent
Fact sheet

Fact Check: How does Australia's plan to strip foreign fighters of citizenship compare to other nations?

Defending proposed changes to give him the power to strip Australian citizenship from dual nationals fighting with terrorist groups, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton claims Australia is not "ahead of the pack" as countries such as the UK, US, New Zealand

Equality and Australian democracy

This paper explores how the struggle between the political rights of property and the political rights of the people shaped the design of Australian political institutions and how this legacy continues to affect Australian democracy. The principle of political equality, the idea that every person...
Discussion paper

Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy: discussion paper

Some Australians report a growing sense that democracy is under threat. Around the world, voters seem increasingly dissatisfied with how democratic politics works for them. This paper discusses the current landscape and some of the relevant emerging trends.

Modi’s manifesto promise: Assam National Register of Citizens has implications for all of India

This paper examines the operation of the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) and draws attention to the diversity of illegal migrants who were not awarded citizenship.

Diversity, global citizenship and the culturally responsive school

In this chapter, Robert Hattam explores notions of citizenship and global citizenship through the prism of the culturally responsive school.

Sri Lankan refugees v Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Immigration & Citizenship): report of an inquiry into complaints by Sri Lankan refugees in immigration detention with adverse security assessments

This is a report setting out the findings of the Australian Human Rights Commission following an inquiry into a complaint alleging a breach of their human rights made against the Commonwealth of Australia by 10 adult Sri Lankan refugees in immigration detention with adverse security...