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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 »

Regional cooperation on refugees, Bali, & a Track II Dialogue.

Regional cooperation on refugees, Bali, & a Track II Dialogue.

John Menadue. Posted 18 February 2016 I attended a Track II Dialogue in Bangkok recently to try to help develop a framework of shared responsibility to manage in a humane and efficient manner displaced people movements in the region. There is concern that the Track I Regional Dialogue at government level has not been particularly […]

March 4th, 2016 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

What has happened to the 11,990 Syrian refugees?

What has happened to the 11,990 Syrian refugees?

John Menadue.  Republished from his blog, Pearls and Irritations. After telling us for months that Australia would not take additional Syrian refugees, Tony Abbott announced on 9 September last year that the government had “agreed to settle 12,000 Syrian refugees … one of the world’s largest (intakes) to date”. We were told that the first […]

February 8th, 2016 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Australia’s moral crisis: shipping babies & families off to Nauru.

Australia’s moral crisis: shipping babies & families off to Nauru.

Bruce Duncan. How has it come to this, that the Australian government is poised to send back 37 babies, 54 children, and their families – 267 in all – into the traumatic conditions of Nauru? Only a few years ago, many Australians would have considered it inconceivable that our governments should impose such shocking treatment […]

February 8th, 2016 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Resettling Syrian & Iraqi refugees: a program for government-community action. 

Resettling Syrian & Iraqi refugees: a program for government-community action. 

Arja Keski-Nummi & Libby Lloyd. Reprinted from John Menadue’s blog, Pearls and Irritations. Australia has one of the best refugee resettlement systems in the world. So said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres some years back. We have achieved this reputation not by good luck, but because successive Australian governments have understood that early […]

September 30th, 2015 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature | Read More »

Time for inspired leadership.

Time for inspired leadership.

Peter Whiting.  Millions of people have been mesmerised by Pope Francis speaking to the joint sitting of US Congress and the United Nations General Assembly. What is it about him that attracts such attention, even from many people who are not believers in any religion? I would suggest he speaks with great respect for his […]

September 30th, 2015 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Global poverty,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Church calls for humane treatment of asylum seekers.

Church calls for humane treatment of asylum seekers.

Michael Walter.  Australia’s Catholic bishops call for an increase in our intake of refugees, immediate closure of offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, and for all of us to build communities which welcome and support asylum seekers. As a nation, we are not doing enough for asylum seekers, according to the Catholic bishops in […]

September 30th, 2015 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Global poverty,Peace,Politics | Read More »

Labor’s pragmatism and turning back the boats.

Labor’s pragmatism and turning back the boats.

Brendan E Byrne. The recent decision by the ALP National Conference to back Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s push to adopt the ‘turn back the boats’ policy toward asylum seekers undoubtedly represents a victory for the advocates of ‘political pragmatism’. Shorten will also be gratified that this victory has secured his grip on the ALP leadership […]

August 6th, 2015 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Politics | Read More »