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Jeffrey Sachs. We are all climate refugees now.

Jeffrey Sachs. We are all climate refugees now.

This summer’s fires, droughts, and record-high temperatures should serve as a wake-up call. The longer a narrow and ignorant elite condemns Americans and the rest of humanity to wander aimlessly in the political desert, the more likely it is that we will all end up in a wasteland. NEW YORK. Modern humans, born into one […]

August 15th, 2018 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Why Europe shouldn’t follow Australia’s lead on asylum seekers.

Why Europe shouldn’t follow Australia’s lead on asylum seekers.

Daniel Ghezelbash, Macquarie University Australia’s harsh asylum policies have been touted as a possible solution to Europe’s so-called refugee crisis. Politicians in the UK, France, Holland, Denmark, Austria and Belgium have advocated for an Australian-style approach aimed at blocking asylum seekers from accessing Europe. But there are a few reasons Europe should be wary of […]

April 5th, 2018 | Posted in Asylum seekers | Read More »

Government policies globally and the torture of refugees.

Government policies globally and the torture of refugees.

Spencer Zifcak. Nils Melzer is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment. Recently, he presented a damning report to the UN Human Rights Council on the subjection of refugees across the world to torture. Melzer’s fundamental contention was that the primary cause of the massive abuse suffered by refugees globally […]

April 4th, 2018 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Australia’s asylum seekers & the International Criminal Court.

Public forum.   Can Australia’s leaders be prosecuted for treatment of refugees & asylum seekers?   Thursday 7 December 6-8pm RMIT University City Campus 445 Swanston Street Melbourne Building 80 Level 2 Lecture Theatre   Moderator Corinne Grant Lawyer and media personality Panel members will talk about their submissions to the ICC on how this […]

December 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Events,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

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,Events,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,Events,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 »