immigration

immigration   February 24, 2024

A bad week to be at sea

Once again, on-water matters have overwhelmed national politics. Opposition Leader Peter Dutton is firing broadsides at the Albanese government over border control, while the government tries to right the defence catastrophe it inherited from the...

immigration   February 17, 2024

Question Time and political pointscoring

Zali Steggall is not the only independent in the House of Representatives to be frustrated by the fact Question Time has become a largely boring exercise in political pointscoring, something exacerbated by the looming byelection in the Victorian...

immigration   February 3, 2024

Exporting Australia’s refugee policy

The number of refugees and asylum seekers is approaching crisis proportions in many parts of the globe, seriously challenging governments and policy authorities. Unfortunately, the politics and public discourse on this issue has been unedifying,...

immigration   December 16, 2023

Labor’s credible plan for immigration

Perhaps Australia’s greatest postwar achievement has been the creation of a functional and tolerant multicultural, multiethnic and multi-religious society that has become the envy of the world. However, it is very important to recognise that despite...

immigration   December 9, 2023

The shadow of a very bad year

The year just ending is the worst I can recall for more than half a century. Already there are strong indications the next will be worse. It has been the hottest year on record since global meteorological systems were established in 1873. The power...

immigration   December 9, 2023

Dutton turns up the fear factor

The confected anger and political pointscoring was put on hold in parliament’s final sitting week of the year – at least for a brief time while politicians from all sides honoured the memory of one of their number, Peta Murphy, who had died after a...

immigration   December 2, 2023

The case against mandatory detention

In November, the High Court ruled the government could not indefinitely detain a non-citizen if there was no real prospect of removal from Australia becoming practicable in the reasonably foreseeable future. The court’s full reasons, delivered this...

immigration   September 2, 2023

How Australia shaped Britain’s refugee policy

When British prime minister Rishi Sunak held a press conference in March this year from a podium emblazoned with “Stop the boats”, Australian audiences could have been forgiven for thinking we had regressed a decade to Tony Abbott’s 2013 federal...

immigration   May 20, 2023

Immigration policy for grown-ups

Australia’s greatest post-World War II success may well be our establishment of an effective and tolerant, multicultural, multiethnic and multireligious society that is in many respects the envy of the world. A well-maintained immigration program...

immigration   March 11, 2023

Living in Australia’s invisible prison

In my recent two-month travels across Australia, my most painful experience was the meetings with the refugees. People from all backgrounds and legal statuses, long after release from offshore camps, are still grappling with the Australian asylum...

immigration   June 11, 2022

Defending the dignity of refugees

It’s like this. I speak to a friend who went through the hard times of Nauru. He is a refugee. For several years he has been in Australia. He can work but he has few other rights. He does not have a permanent visa. He does not know what will happen...