Category Archives: Refugees, Immigration

ABUL RIZVI. An Agricultural Visa Would Change Australian Society – for the Worse

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has, for the time being, rejected creation of an agricultural visa in favour of changes to the existing working holiday maker program and the seasonal worker visa (see here). These are unlikely to satisfy demands of … Continue reading

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MRIDULA AMIN, ISABELLA KWAI. The Nauru Experience: Zero-Tolerance Immigration and Suicidal Children.

A recent visit to Nauru revealed the effects of Australia’s offshore detention policy and its impact on mental health. This article was published by The New York Times on the 5th of November 2018. 

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LAURIE PATTON. ACCC begins search for light at the end of the NBN technology tunnel

 The boss of the ACCC, Rod Sims, has told The Australian “its recent dealings with the retail telcos has highlighted a weakness with the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) access technology”.  For numerous broadband experts, not to mention millions of hapless NBN customers, this … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE-Refugees – Donald Trump’s help is accepted but Jacinda Arden’s offer is rejected.

Refugees and asylum seekers are being kept on Manus and Nauru for one purpose only – to serve the government’s party political purposes.  We welcome US help but not offers of help from NZ.  Keeping vulnerable people in offshore detention … Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI. How the 2017-18 migration program was delivered.

The report on the 2017-18 migration program has now been publicly released, more than two and a half months after an exclusive to The Australian newspaper and a short time after the Home Affairs department appeared before Senate estimates. As … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Detention on Manus and Nauru serves no useful policy purpose.

On 13 August 2016 Robert Manne, Frank Brennan, Tim Costello and I wrote the following article for The Melbourne Age.  It was also posted on this blog.  Since that time, we have consistently argued on many occasions , first, that … Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI: Is Dutton Frustrated by the Success of Turnback Policy?

After Scott Morrison’s success in implementing boat turnbacks, and Shorten insisting he will maintain that policy, Dutton’s role in this space has largely been confined to scaremongering. At last he has found a role he excels in. But like the … Continue reading

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IAN MACPHEE. I plead with the Labor Party to adopt a humane policy regarding asylum.A repost

I plead with the Labor Party to adopt a humane policy regarding asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. I have no doubt that the majority of Australians feel humiliated by the disgusting treatment that recent governments have given to … Continue reading

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SHAUN HANNS. There is no clear empirical basis for the current policy against resettling those on Manus and Nauru in Australia. 

The following policy piece by Shaun Hanns has been sent to all Federal Members of Parliament. (John Menadue) I am writing to you as a concerned private citizen using publicly available data. However I was, until recently, an officer of … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Have we got to a tipping point in our cruelty to refugees?

Recent developments suggest we might be prepared at last  to act with humanity and decency. Prime Minister Scott Morrison  seems to be interested in taking up with New Zealand its long-standing offer to take 150 refugees from Manus and Nauru.  

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IAN MACPHEE. I plead with the Labor Party to adopt a humane policy regarding asylum.

I plead with the Labor Party to adopt a humane policy regarding asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. I have no doubt that the majority of Australians feel humiliated by the disgusting treatment that recent governments have given to … Continue reading

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ANTHONY PUN: A response to PM Morrison’s speech in Hurstville concerning Australia/China relations.

The Chinese Community Council of Australia welcomes PM Morrison’s olive branch on community relations and the China-Australia relations at face value and with goodwill.  However, we reserve judgement pending resolution of issues with the Chinese Australian community.

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CATHERINE STUBBERFIELD. UNHCR urges Australia to evacuate off-shore facilities as health situation deteriorates.

The following is a transcript of the remarks by Spokesperson for the UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra, Catherine Stubberfield  at today’s press briefing(12 October 2018) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. 

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JOHN MENADUE. Immigration is not the problem in NSW- it is Premier Berejiklian infrastructure mess

Premier Gladys Berejiklian wants to halve Australia’s immigration intake. It is a diversionary tactic to disguise her infrastructure policy failures. Road and rail policies are in melt down   Immigration  does present  challenges but it is Australia’s great success story. Some … Continue reading

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KEVIN BAIN. “Down with refugee capture and storage!” Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 I pointed to opinion research which suggests that European and Australian political leaderships are playing to their narrow base, that the population has not abandoned humanitarian attitudes towards refugees, but do reject the dominant slogans of advocates … Continue reading

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KEVIN BAIN. New thinking needed on refugee policy for a new period (Part 1 of 2)

Both Robert Manne and John Menadue have recently put proposals at this blog for better refugee policy. As an amateur who has accumulated an awareness of the counter-intuitions, swirling dynamics  and deep knowledge required in this fiendishly complex policy space, … Continue reading

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SALVATORE BABONES. Australia -the world’s first immigration economy.

Australia’s economy is addicted to immigration, requiring ever-increasing infusions of new people to stave off an inevitable collapse. 

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JOHN MENADUE Morrison and Trump are experts in fake news

 Scott Morrison keeps telling us that he stopped the boats. As I have said many times that is just  not true. It is fake news. But the lie has been so uncontested by the media for so long it is … Continue reading

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DAVID ISAACS. Pervasive refusal syndrome and Nauru

Fatima was a happy child who loved school and was a top student. She was 11 years old when she took to her bed, stopped eating and drinking, covered her head with the sheet, stopped washing and started wetting the … Continue reading

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PAUL BONGIORNO. No Friend But The Mountains

When John Minns asked me to help launch No Friend But The Mountains in Canberra I was honoured, because I was aware of Behrouz Boochani’s journalistic work in The Saturday Paper. Now that I have read the book I am … Continue reading

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KERRY GOULSTON. A personal view on our current treatment of Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

There is growing concern across Australia about the current policy for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, particularly those on Nauru and Manus Island.

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ABUL RIZVI: Privatising visa processing – the alarm bells are ringing (Part 2)

Major ICT transformation projects conducted ‘in partnership’ with a big IT company are high risk. Privatisation of core government functions such as visa processing are also high risk, especially when undertaken under the cloak of commercial-in-confidence type secrecy. Doing the … Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI. Privatising visa processing – the alarm bells are ringing (Part 1)

Major ICT transformation projects conducted ‘in partnership’ with a big IT company are high risk. Privatisation of core government functions such as visa processing are also high risk, especially when undertaken under the cloak of commercial-in-confidence type secrecy. Doing the … Continue reading

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ROBERT MANNE. This pains me, but it’s time to compromise on Australia’s cruel asylum seeker policy (the Guardian, 23.09.18)

In the past 30 years Australia has crafted an almost uniquely cruel asylum seeker policy. Our only competitor is the proudly illiberal Hungary. When Malcolm Turnbull outlined our current policy to Donald Trump in their notorious telephone conversation, the US … Continue reading

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SPENCER ZIFCAK. No Friend But the Mountains’:* Behrouz Boochani’s Extraordinary Narrative Of Life on Manus Island

Behrouz Boochani is an Iranian journalist, writer and refugee. He arrived in Australian waters by boat seeking refuge after a near fatal journey from Indonesia. He never made it to the mainland. Kevin Rudd had shut down access to Australia. … Continue reading

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KATHARINE MURPHY. AMA president calls for urgent transfer of refugee families from Nauru.

Exclusive: Tony Bartone writes to Scott Morrison saying situation is ‘a humanitarian emergency requiring urgent intervention’.

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ABUL RIZVI. Morrison’s U-Turn on Migrants for the Bush.

Scott Morrison has given another exclusive, this time to news.com, on his ideas to encourage more skilled migrants to settle in the regions and smaller cities and away from the major metropolitan centres. While it’s great to have a prime … Continue reading

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STEPHANIE DOWRICK: Free the suffering children on Nauru – now.

Most readers of “Pearls and Irritations” will be at least somewhat sympathetic to the plight (what an inadequate word) of the refugee families on Nauru. You won’t need me to remind you that those families sought asylum because they were … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Wentworth, Bill Shorten and refugees.

What a boost it would be for humanity and decency if Bill Shorten  broke with the government’s  refugees policy and told us during the Wentworth by-election that the ALP would no longer support the  cruel and crippling policies that leave … Continue reading

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JAMIE LINGHAM. The changing face of Australian immigration.

Now more than ever we need to work together as a nation to address the immigration department and the mechanisms of safe passage, and put a stop to Australia’s unacceptable practices and inhumane treatment of individuals.

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