Slavish response to refugees?

Can the Prime Minister explain how capturing and trading refugees (with Malaysia in 2011) is different to capturing and trading African slaves two centuries ago? Sadly for her image as a negotiator, Julia Gillard dumps 800 captives on Malaysia and they…

Suffer the little children…

The Human Rights Commissioner’s 2004 report paved the way for release of refugee children from detention. We’ve regressed: now more than 900 kids are behind bars and razor wire. It’s time for some moral leadership from the top, writes the author of that…

10 years and still waiting…

“Boat people,” then-PM Howard warned us. “Queue jumpers” are not “genuine refugees” Howard’s acolytes pounded into our heads. Boats are a “pipeline for terrorists,” screamed Howard’s Defence and Immigration departments.

Consider Kadija, a “confirmed…

Scales need rebalancing

There are signs throughout Australia, but particularly in Tasmania, that some long-standing laws need revisiting and reviewing, Jim Collier says. Overhauling the balance mechanism of the scales of justice is an important task for government, he says.
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Refugees deserve a fair go!!!

One government department says all is well in Afghanistan, so that boat people can safely be sent home. At the very same time, another government department is issuing dire warnings about how ‘extremely dangerous’ the place is. “88% of Afghan asylum…

Punishing refugees

Editor, Canberra Times: I agree with Prof Pat McGorry that immigration detention centres are “factories for producing mental illness”. But I’d go further. I’d say federal laws designed to punish refugees (for who they are) are similar to the penal laws t…