Tag Archives: refugees

What’s left out

In a his excellent The World Is Not Enough blog, Charles Richardson comments on an essay by Israeli journalist Yossi Gurvitz.  Gurvitz’s essay applies the analogy of Germans expelled from the Sudetenland, Silesia, Prussia etc after 1945 to the Palestinians expelled from Israel in 1947-48. As Charles notes, it is a revealing analogy. But revealing not […]

Credit where it’s due

A few days ago – via a friend’s Facebook news feed – I learnt that a thread concerning asylum seekers on Perth Now’s Facebook page had spiralled out of control in a particularly virulent way. Based on reports (I do not know whether they were true) that a boatload of asylum seekers off the Western […]

Credit where it's due

A few days ago – via a friend’s Facebook news feed – I learnt that a thread concerning asylum seekers on Perth Now’s Facebook page had spiralled out of control in a particularly virulent way. Based on reports (I do not know whether they were true) that a boatload of asylum seekers off the Western […]

Processing While U Wait

The sinking of a boat carrying 200 asylum seekers last week near Christmas Island has reignited debate over Australia’s policy deadlock. The government has renewed a call for a refugee swap deal with Malaysia to deter people smuggling. However, the opposition is demanding that an immigration detention centre on Nauru be reopened. Meanwhile, authorities say […]

Malaysian Solution Post Mark II

[This is (I hope) a more polished take on the High Court’s Malaysian Solution case, with the benefit of further reflection. It also attempts to explain just why the Federal Government thought they had such a strong case.] Also cross-posted at Online Opinion. All of Australia is buzzing with the news that the High Court […]

Breaking News: High Court declares Malaysian “Solution” illegal

Just handed down at 2:15pm today: the High Court has declared the Malaysian “Solution” to be illegal in Plaintiff M70/2011 v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2011] HCA 32. I shall shamelessly reproduce the High Court’s summary of reasons available on their site — more detailed commentary (I hope) to follow [on which, see UPDATE […]

Malaysian refugee “solution” on hold after legal action

In May this year, our government proposed a “solution” to the increasing arrival of refugees: deport 800 asylum seekers who arrive by boat and swap them with 4000 refugees from Malaysian camps over four years. The first 15 or 16 asylum seekers were to be flown out this morning (8 August 2011), but yesterday Hayne […]

Julia uses the F-word

THE Christmas Island detention centre will be significantly scaled down as a result of last week’s violent protests, as the government continues to be lashed by local residents who say they warned of the consequences of overcrowding at the facility. The Australian Federal Police finally reasserted control over the fire-ravaged centre at the weekend after […]

Seasons Grievings

Australia is launching a criminal investigation into the Christmas Island shipwreck that killed at least 28 people, under people trafficking laws. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said more bodies may be pulled from the sea after a boat carrying suspected asylum seekers crashed into jagged rocks. She said the boat may have been carrying more than […]

Border Protection

Did you ever play “chasey” as a child? If you ran around in the wild blue yonder, you were fair game for any roving pursuer, but usually, there was an area which was “safe” (in my school yard it was called “barlee“). If you were touching the “safe” tree, you couldn’t be caught. If someone […]