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Debates on refugees – then and now

Debates on refugees – then and now

In December last year, a report from the federal Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Migration unanimously recommended that “as a priority, the Australian Government introduce legislation to repeal the liability of immigration detention costs.”   That is, the law which raises a debt against people in immigration detention to cover the cost of their detention.  Legislation […]

USA’s detain & deport crimes worse than Australia’s

USA’s detain & deport crimes worse than Australia’s

There is more evidence that, however unjust and dysfunctional the administration of Australia’s immigration laws was in our recent past, it is being outstripped by what has been happening in the USA. There are more and more examples coming to light in the USA that have echoes of the Cornelia Rau and Vivienne Alvarez debacles […]

Charging people for locking them up

Charging people for locking them up

It looks like another case of proper policy losing out to the politics of perception and positioning is unfolding, with the Coalition set to oppose legislation that will scrap the iniquitous, inefficient and counter-productive system of charging people for the cost of putting them in immigration detention. The injustices of this system have been raised […]

USA follows old Australian road on immigration detention

USA follows old Australian road on immigration detention

As Australia moves away from some of our past discredited, damaging, expensive and inhumane policies in the area of immigration detention, it seems the USA and Italy have moved in the opposite direction. While there is room for further improvement, there is no doubt Australia has made major advances in recent years in the laws […]

Some good news! Migration Minister responds positively to public and parliamentary concerns

Some good news! Migration Minister responds positively to public and parliamentary concerns

Regular readers of Crikey (and this blog) might recall some stories back in September last year detailing just one example of the gross injustice (and utter absurdity) of Australia’s policy to charge people locked up in immigration detention for the cost of their imprisonment. This practice has been widely criticised for many years, including in […]