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Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

Peter Whiting. This must surely seem an odd way to frame a commentary on conscience, but I am having great difficulty reconciling the Australian Government’s position on the refugees on Manus and Nauru and any notion of conscience. On 31 October, the Australian Government closed the Manus Island processing centre, requiring the 600 men detained […]

November 4th, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Russell Broadbent launches critique of Australian refugee policies.

Russell Broadbent launches critique of Australian refugee policies.

Australia faces a T-intersection: time to resolve our refugee crisis. Bruce Duncan Liberal member for McMillan in Gippsland, Russell Broadbent, challenged his own political party sharply, as well as Australia’s detention policies for refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, saying that Australians were finding it quite ‘unacceptable’ that we treat refugees so badly, keeping them […]

October 9th, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward.

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward.

Reviewed by Tony French If, like me, you want to put the current ‘refugee crisis’ into some kind of historical perspective, then I recommend Tony Ward’s recent publication, Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers. This is a well-researched and readable review of Australia’s response to refugees arriving here by boat since the 1990s. This […]

October 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Book Reviews,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Unpacking Minister’s ‘lodge or leave’ policy.

Unpacking Minister’s ‘lodge or leave’ policy.

Sarah Puls SGS. “Fake refugees” who have “refused to apply” for a visa? Sister Sarah Puls answers some common questions arising from Minister Dutton’s “lodge or leave” policy announcement. In late May, Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Border Protection made an announcement regarding a group of people – asylum seekers – whom the Government and […]

August 6th, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature | Read More »

How we came to be so cruel to asylum seekers.

How we came to be so cruel to asylum seekers.

Robert Manne La Trobe University This is an edited extract of a talk delivered to the Integrity 20 Conference at Griffith University on October 25, 2016. If you had been told 30 years ago that Australia would create the least asylum seeker friendly institutional arrangements in the world, you would not have been believed. In […]

October 29th, 2016 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature | Read More »

Pope Francis in Poland: on immigrants & Islam

Pope Francis in Poland: on immigrants & Islam

Bruce Duncan Given the widespread feeling in Poland against Muslim immigrants and recent Islamist terrorist attacks, Pope Francis undertook a tricky trip in July for World Youth Day. Up to two million people turned out for events, including some thousands from Australia. As in Sydney’s World Youth Day in 2008, hundreds of thousands of happy […]

August 5th, 2016 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Should we be locking people up in prisons at all?

Should we be locking people up in prisons at all?

Rob Hulls RMIT University. Elena Campbell RMIT University. Footage aired last week of children being abused in a Northern Territory prison sent shockwaves around the nation. These images forced us to grapple with the problem as if it were breaking news, despite the fact that so many people knew so much about it for so long. Nevertheless, […]

August 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature | Read More »

Is the Coalition better able to manage our borders?

Is the Coalition better able to manage our borders?

John Menadue.   From Pearls & Irritations, John Menadue’s blog.   For many years senior journalists have been telling us, or at least accepting the spin, that conservatives are better economic managers. I don’t think there is evidence to back that claim as several writers have pointed out in this blog. The other area where many […]

June 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Rohingya refugees, & building a regional framework to manage refugee flows.

Rohingya refugees, & building a regional framework to manage refugee flows.

Travers Mcleod, Peter Hughes, Sriprapha Petcharamesree, Steven Wong, Tri Nuke Pudjiastuti.   From Pearls & Irritations, John Menadue’s blog.   Part 1. The Andaman Sea refugee crisis a year on: what happened, & how did the region respond The Andaman Sea crisis a year ago catalysed important policy developments on forced migration in Southeast Asia. Part […]

June 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Manus and Nauru – time for the government to be creative.

Manus and Nauru – time for the government to be creative.

Peter Hughes. The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Supreme Court decision and the announcement by the PNG Prime Minister that Manus will be closed only bring forward the inevitable – the Australian government has to find a way to get the current caseload of refugees and asylum seekers out of PNG and Nauru. Realistically, the only […]

May 6th, 2016 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Politics | Read More »