Tag Archives: Malaysian-agreement

Refugees – some middle ground is opening up.

See below a speech made in the Senate on 4 December by Senator Xenophon. The Senator was one of six cross-bench senators who negotiated with the government for a compromise on the contentious Migration Bill. Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (12:17): … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. Why I am not just “getting over” the boats stopping.

Some people keep saying, “The people have spoken.  The Abbott government is right.  The boats have stopped.  So just get over it.”  I am getting a little weary of this populist refrain.  I am quite prepared to accept that the … Continue reading

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Arja Keski-Nummi. Offshore Processing in Cambodia – Really?

The idea of Cambodia as a so-called offshore processing centre is not new. For a nanosecond I recalled the former government contemplated Cambodia as a likely candidate for an offshore processing centre. Thankfully saner heads prevailed, although to their discredit … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Manus and Nauru and Australia’s responsibility in regional processing.

An asylum seeker who comes to our shores must be protected. We cannot offload that responsibility onto another country. We continue to carry a responsibility for that asylum seeker whatever happens in Manus, Nauru or even Malaysia. I have not … Continue reading

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Are current maritime asylum seeker policies working? Guest blogger: Peter Hughes

So what if current maritime asylum seeker policies are working? I mean that question in the narrow sense of reducing irregular maritime arrivals to a trickle. The arrival figure of some 339 persons for October 2013 announced by the government … Continue reading

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