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JOHN MENADUE. Series: We can say ‘no’ to the Americans. How the Fraser Government said ‘no’ on Chile and El Salvador.

In 1982, when I was Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, the Fraser Government ignored the pressure from the US that we should not help people in South America suffering at the hands of US-supported military governments.

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PHIL GLENDENNING. We Need To End Australia’s Refugee Shame. Now

  ‘Human beings are never a means to an end. They are an end in themselves’. Emmanuel Kant’s words in the seventeenth century echo down the centuries in stark contrast to Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru … Continue reading

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Kerry Murphy. Blaming refugees.

Blaming instances of self-harm by refugees and asylum seekers on ‘refugee advocates’ or the undeserving asylum seekers is not a new political tactic. Back in 2001 then Minister Ruddock was interviewed by Four Corners about the problems of self-harm by … Continue reading

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Peter Hughes, Arja Keski-Nummi and John Menadue. Part 2. Refugee Policy

A repost from 26/05/15 Part 2: Refugee Policy  2.1 Overview The current and future global environment for irregular migration is extremely challenging. Many more people are on the move globally to gain protection from persecution, security from conflict or greater … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Our humanitarian program.

Some issues have no place in partisan politics, they may be topics that are politically charged, but they are not ideological battlegrounds – they are about the personal and the human. Our stance on refugees and on protection is such … Continue reading

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John Nieuwenhuysen. Multiculturalism Today and the Little Evil

According to the ABS, the proportion of Australians born overseas has reached its highest point in 120 years. At about 6.6 million people, the overseas born represent 28 per cent of the country’s total, and, since 2005, migration has contributed … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Nauru and the Philippines!

The Nauru government has announced that the remaining 600 asylum seekers in the island’s immigration detention centre will be processed over the next week. This comes after a delay of two years and remarkably slow processing. Why this welcome change? … Continue reading

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Tom and Rosie support the Syrian Refugees.

Two young students from “Prouille” Dominican School at Wahroonga have raised nearly $4,500 for Syrian refugees. It started as a street stall in front of their house. It led to community support. It is a lovely story – worth reading. … Continue reading

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Peter Hughes. Designing a more generous Australian response to the Syrian crisis

The Australian government announcement of 12,000 additional permanent places for Syrian refugees is a reasonable scale of response, if implemented the right way. Taken together with the existing program of 13,750 refugees, the new program constitutes a manageable 13% of … Continue reading

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John Menadue. A one-off increase in the humanitarian program rather than a safe haven is now possible.

In this blog several of us have advocated a safe haven arrangement, as was the case for the Kosovars, to meet the present Syrian refugee crisis. It was then clear that the government was not going to do much at … Continue reading

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Josef Szwarc. Measuring our response to the refugee crisis of Syria and Iraq

“PM RESCUE MISSION” shouts the headline of the morning newspaper. My heart races with expectation that is immediately deflated by the first sentence: “Australian will open its doors to more Syrian refugees fleeing the troubled nation but won’t increase the … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Why are we so cruel? The problem starts at the top.

The news out of Manus and particularly Nauru shows how callous we have become. It is not that we are always as cold-hearted as this. The response to the attacks on Adam Goodes and the murder of an AFL football … Continue reading

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Peter Hughes, Arja Keski-Nummi and John Menadue. Part 2. Refugee Policy.

Policy Series   Part 2: Refugee Policy  2.1 Overview The current and future global environment for irregular migration is extremely challenging. Many more people are on the move globally to gain protection from persecution, security from conflict or greater economic … Continue reading

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Ben Lewis. The false advertising of mandatory detention and “Stopping the Boats”

Spend any amount of time listening to Australian policy makers or reading Australian media and you’re certain to hear a familiar phrase: “Stop the Boats”. It has become such a political imperative within the Australian asylum seeker debate that “Stop … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Refugees and asylum seekers..a re-think on Temporary Protection Visas.

I have long argued that Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs) should be rejected on the grounds that they don’t deter asylum seekers, people are left in limbo and because TPV holders could not sponsor family which resulted in risky boat journeys … Continue reading

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Xenophobia and strange behaviour over boats.

UN High Commissioner Antonio Guterres criticises Australia’s ‘strange’ obsession with boats Excerpts from his address and answers to questions at UNHCR  NGO  consultations, Geneva, 17 June, 2014.   I think it is .. important to underline that, especially from the … Continue reading

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Wayne Gibbons. The boats were not sabotaged.

“So we convince ourselves every cruelty we’ve inflicted – beginning with sabotaging boats along the Malaysia coast under Malcolm Fraser – isn’t a reflection on us. It’s tactical.” I was surprised and disturbed by this sweeping statement from David Marr … Continue reading

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Repost. Refugee advocates and offshore processing. John Menadue

This is a repost from 23 September, 2013.  The insistence on onshore processing for all asylum seekers is damaging the case for humane and sensible refugee policies. The blanket opposition to any offshore processing is understandable but it is just … Continue reading

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Regional Settlement Agreement with Papua New Guinea – a post-script. John Menadue

With the dust settling a little I thought it might be safe to return to this issue! I said in my blog of July 20 that I supported the general thrust of the RSA with PNG, although a lot remained … Continue reading

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The Regional Settlement Arrangement with Papua New Guinea. John Menadue

With some reservations I support the general thrust of the RSA with PNG. I do that largely for the same reasons that I supported the earlier proposed agreement with Malaysia. The RSA is in PM Rudd’s words ‘a hard line’ … Continue reading

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