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  • Asylum seekers, refugees and people smuggling—links to the key Parliamentary Library papers

    Posted 15/03/2013 by Janet Phillips
    The Parliamentary LibraryThe Parliamentary Library has recently released several new and updated papers on asylum seekers, refugees, boat arrivals and people smuggling. Links to these papers are included below together with links to other research papers in related areas.  New C Barker, The people smuggler’s business model, 2013 H Spinks, Destination anywhere? Factors affecting asylum seekers’ choice of destination country, 2013 J Phillips, The ‘Pacific Solution’ revisited: a statistical guide to the asylum seeker casel... Read more...

    TAGS: asylum, detention, immigration, multiculturalism, people smuggling, refugees

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  • Australia's first National Children's Commissioner

    Posted 26/02/2013 by Janet Phillips
    On 25 February 2013 the Government announced the appointment of Australia's first National Children's Commissioner, Ms Megan Mitchell. The position of National Children’s Commissioner will sit within the Australian Human Rights Commission and commences on 25 March 2013. In its announcement, the Government outlined the Commissioner's legislative mandate to 'focus on vulnerable or at-risk groups of children, such as children with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, homele... Read more...

    TAGS: asylum, child protection, children, detention

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  • Immigration detention: what are the alternatives?

    Posted 28/05/2012 by Janet Phillips
      Since 1992 when the policy of mandatory detention was introduced in Australia, the detention of asylum seekers arriving unauthorised by boat has received a great deal of public attention. In particular, the duration and conditions of their detention have been controversial issues that have plagued successive governments since the early 1990s when there were several hunger strikes, rooftop demonstrations and suicide attempts at Villawood and Port Hedland immigration detention centres. Numer... Read more...

    TAGS: asylum, detention, refugees

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  • Indonesia is ready for a rich, contemporary relationship...

    Posted 27/03/2012 by Zara Maxwell-Smith
    Indonesia has taken the spotlight over the last few months as people smugglers, terrorism, drug traffickers, live cattle exports and our neighbour’s complicated ‘komodo economy’ have held the media’s attention. A need to look at Indonesia, not through it to China, was signalled by the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Marty Natalegawa, when he met the new Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr: 'It's to the disadvantage of countries to put all their eggs into one basket'. Simultaneously, the re... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Federal Police, children, detention, Indonesia, language education, people smuggling

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  • Asylum seekers, refugees and boats—links to the key Parliamentary Library papers

    Posted 1/03/2012 by Janet Phillips
    As you have probably noticed, the Parliament of Australia and the Parliamentary Library website has changed. While we have received lots of positive feedback about the new look and feel of the site, we are aware that some people have been having difficulty in finding publications they have previously referred to. Here are links to some of our most popular papers on asylum seekers, refugees and boat arrivals prepared by the immigration research team in the Parliamentary Library: J Phillips and H ... Read more...

    TAGS: asylum, detention, immigration, multiculturalism, refugees

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  • Amnesty International reports on visits to detention facilities

    Posted 23/02/2012 by Harriet Spinks
      On 23 February 2010 Amnesty International (Amnesty) released an initial report of its findings from a series of visits to immigration detention facilities around the country. Amnesty has been consistently campaigning against the policy of mandatory detention for many years, and this is one of its most highly critical reports to date.It paints a damning picture of Australia’s mandatory detention policy, highlighting the harsh conditions in which people are being held and the numerous mental... Read more...

    TAGS: asylum, detention, immigration, refugees

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  • ‘Rolling out the red carpet’ for asylum seekers

    Posted 21/02/2012 by Janet Phillips
    Recent media reports that ‘asylum seekers are receiving plasma TVs, microwave ovens, DVD players’ and other ‘free handouts’ whilst in community detention are inaccurate and only serve to mislead and misinform the public on what is a very complex issue. Due to the recent expansion of Australia’s community detention arrangements, several community houses around the country have been furnished in order to prepare for occupancy. However, as the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, ... Read more...

    TAGS: asylum, detention, immigration, refugees

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