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Book launch. Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers

Book launch. Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers

The Yarra Institute for Religion & Social Policy, in association with Social Policy Connections, presents the launch of   Dr Tony Ward’s book Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers With Mr Russell Broadbent MP Member for McMillan Thursday 21 September 2017 5:30 for 6-7pm Followed by drinks and light supper Multicultural Hub 506 Elizabeth Street Melbourne […]

September 10th, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Events,Events 2017,Feature | 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 »

Manus: “The Worst Angels of our Nature”.

Manus: “The Worst Angels of our Nature”.

Arja Keski-Nummi. The PNG Supreme Court decision has again thrown into stark relief the bankrupt nature of Australia’s asylum policy, and the disingenuous way in which both sides justify their cynical and inhumane policies with trite slogans such as ‘saving lives’ and ‘not starting up the people smuggling business’. People working with asylum seekers, who have processed […]

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

Sanctuary.

Sanctuary.

Jason Davies-Kildae. The news that almost 200 of the asylum seekers who inspired the #LetThemStay movement had been granted community detention was initially welcomed as a hopeful sign by advocates, but was then quickly tempered by the revelation that 90 children were still being returned to offshore detention. A lively public debate began in February […]

April 10th, 2016 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »