keywords: Immigration Reform

  • AUSTRALIA

    Burying Australia's inhumane refugee laws

    • David Manne
    • 19 May 2008
    5 Comments

    Australia's refugee regime may represent the Western world's worst practice. The Government has abolished flawed and dehumanising temporary protection visas, but a more substantial review is required to ensure asylum seekers enjoy equal protection under Australian law.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Refugee refusual echoes 'Tampa election' rhetoric

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 19 February 2008
    10 Comments

    Senator Chris Evans refused a protection visa to convicted people smuggler 'Mr A', even though he was assessed by Immigration as a refugee. Senator Evans had an opportunity to improve upon the previous government's treatment of asylum seekers, but instead reverted to the same hostile rhetoric.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Future doctor's challenge to Federal Health Minister

    • Matthew Dobson
    • 23 January 2008
    5 Comments

    More money will not necessarily buy quality healthcare system. How funding is spent is critical. Despite the spending disparity, health outcomes in the United States are comparable to those of Costa Rica.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    War on terror fosters US anti-immigrant hysteria

    • David Rosen
    • 13 December 2007
    4 Comments

    A recent series of raids by the US Department of Homeland Security signals a new era of anti-immigrant sentiment in the country. This is rationalised by a false association of undocumented immigrants with the 'war on terror'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd Pacific Solution must include Nauru healing

    • Susan Metcalfe
    • 12 December 2007
    6 Comments

    Nauru's transition from hosting asylum seekers for Australia needs to be handled sensitively and the country should be seen as the victim of a more powerful Australian Government exploiting a poor nation's dire circumstances.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A comfortable nation afraid to get off the couch

    • Scott Stephens
    • 05 June 2007
    3 Comments

    John Howard’s "relaxed and comfortable" approach to national life, then, was not simply a rejection of Paul Keating’s aggressive, deliberate reforms. It represented a vile pandering to our cultural inertia, an affirmation of our basest tendencies.

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  • RELIGION

    All are one before the law

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2007
    7 Comments

    The last state authorised execution in Australia—that of Ronald Ryan—occurred 40 years ago last week. 12 year old Frank Brennan felt it was wrong. His adolescent moral sensibilities found resonance in public debate, law reform and policy change.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Any excuse

    • Anthony Ham, Kath O’Connor, Bruce Duncan, Clive Shepherd
    • 01 July 2006

    Any excuse, Privatise or perish, Clear and present danger, Keep left unless undertaking

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The alienation of Iraq

    • Anthony Ham
    • 19 June 2006

    Anthony Ham on Iraq and America.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Unnecessary necessities

    • Jon Greenaway, Kristie Dunn, Georgina Costello
    • 11 June 2006

    Unnecessary necessities | Letter from Broome | Heavy traffic

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  • AUSTRALIA

    First give West Papuans a human welcome

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 May 2006
    2 Comments

    The arrival of West Papuan refugees raises complex questions. Discussion must begin by honouring the humanity of the West Papuans involved.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What is the Howard Government Up to with the Pacific Solution Mark 2?

    • Frank Brennan
    • 14 May 2006

    Father Frank Brennan discusses the Howard Government's approach to the issue of asylum seeker detention off-shore.  

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