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  • Coalition and Labor asylum policies - how do they compare?

    Posted 28/02/2014 by Janet Phillips
    Australian Customs Vessel ACV30 Botany Bay returns to Stokes Hill Wharf
    Ken Hodge [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    In response to a rise in the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia, both Coalition and Labor governments have been under increasing pressure for many years to develop policies that are seen to address border security concerns and combat people smuggling.

    While there are some policy differences, both Labor and the Coalition are in general agreement on many of the key measures in place to deal with these issues, including mandatory detention for unauthorised boat arrivals introduced in the 1990s by the Keating (Labor) Government; and offshore processing arrangements in the Pacific first introduced by the Howard (Coalition) Government in 2001.

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    TAGS: asylum, refugees, people smuggling

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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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  • Justice beyond law: clemency and the Royal Prerogative of Mercy

    Posted 19/09/2012 by Dianne Heriot
    Gilded bronze figure on top of the dome of the Central Criminal Court on Old Bailey. The figure was designed by Frederick William Pomeroy.The campaign to secure posthumous pardons for Harry Harbord Morant, Peter Handcock and George Witton has been the subject of debate in the media, and also in the Australian Parliament, over recent years. In May, the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, stated that the Australian Government would take no further action on the petition to pardon the three.  Their chief advocate, James Unkles, has indicated his intention to pursue the matter in the UK Courts with the assistance of Dan Mori.... Read more...

    TAGS: Breaker Morant, Governor-General, people smuggling

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  • Trafficking in Persons - Special Rapporteur's Report to the Human Rights Council

    Posted 27/06/2012 by Dianne Heriot
    The logo for the United Nations Human Rights CouncilOn 22 June, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons especially women and children, presented her annual  report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, including reports of her missions to Thailand and Australia.Special Rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (formerly the Commission on Human Rights) to investigate, monitor, and advise on human rights violations – world wide or in specific countries. In carrying... Read more...

    TAGS: forced labour, forced marriage, people smuggling, people trafficking, servitude, sex slavery, slavery, Special Rapporteur, Trafficking Protocol, United Nations

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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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  • Determining the ages of people smugglers

    Posted 21/11/2011 by Janet Phillips
    Man holding on to prison barsIntroductionIt is the responsibility of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to arrest and charge crew members alleged to have committed a people smuggling offence under the Migration Act 1958. These cases are then referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) for prosecution. As at 30 June 2011, there were 304 people smuggling prosecutions involving organisers, captain and crew before the courts (CDPP, 2010–11 Annual Report, p. 84). Between 1 January 2009 and 18 October 201... Read more...

    TAGS: asylum, people smuggling

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