immigration   December 9, 2023

‘It’s pathetic’: outgoing security watchdog slams detention laws

The former national security monitor warns the government’s preventive detention laws would be ‘shocking’ in other parts of the world.

immigration   December 2, 2023

Rushed citizenship laws ask judges to define ‘Australian values’

New citizenship laws being rushed through parliament will require judges to define ‘Australian values’ and ask them to impose what critics call a ‘civil death penalty’.

immigration   December 2, 2023

Refugees caught up in dentist accreditation

Despite a national shortage of dentists, the process for migrants to have their qualifications recognised here is slow and expensive – and affects a significant number of refugees.

international relations   November 4, 2023

No clear end to Israel–Gaza ground invasion

A week into Israel’s invasion of Gaza, few hostages have been recovered, while the death toll rises and the UN warns of a humanitarian crisis.

immigration   October 14, 2023

Trauma of the Howard-era refugees

Refugees who claimed asylum during the Howard era are dying as they wait for compensation over their treatment by the Australian government.

immigration   October 7, 2023

Immigration beset by ‘grotesque abuses’

As the government embarks on a major overhaul of Home Affairs, it is taking steps to fix flaws in the immigration system that have been exploited by organised crime groups.

immigration   October 7, 2023

The Australian refugee laws splitting families

An arbitrary law against the settlement of boat arrivals means a mother and daughter face deportation, a decade after arriving, while her husband and son are made citizens.

immigration   August 26, 2023

What’s different about this intergenerational report

Migration is among the measures laid out in the latest intergenerational report, to help address the problems of an ageing population in an increasingly indebted country.

immigration   July 29, 2023

Australia aided ‘corrupt gangster operation’ on Nauru

As details emerge of Australian involvement in bribery on Nauru, a senior immigration official describes how ‘corruption was aided and abetted’ by our government.

immigration   June 24, 2023

Hotel detention breaches human rights

A new report from the Human Rights Commission has damned Australia’s use of hotel detention as a breach of basic standards – but it is a practice the government has no plans to abandon.

immigration   January 28, 2023

The Dreyfus interview: Action coming on refugee ‘inhumanity’

In a major interview, Mark Dreyfus details his ambitions as attorney-general and the history that drives him to make an impact in the portfolio.