Tag: asio

  • 2014 Castan Human Rights Report: ASIO’s human rights problem

    By Patrick Emerton Last year, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation’s annual report referred to ‘terrorism’ more than 60 times while the phrase ‘human rights’ appeared once. This discrepancy reflects ASIO’s willingness to prioritise its search for terrorists even when it may come at considerable expense to human rights. The report, tabled in parliament last October […]

  • 2013 Refugee Week Blog: Oceans apart: compassion, politics and refugees

    By Lizzie O’Shea This week is Refugee Week, an opportune moment to reflect on the year that has passed. We are now detaining more children than ever before. Through the creation of the dysfunctional and inappropriate “no advantage” test, we are also creating a subclass of asylum seekers gripped by poverty. This particular category of […]

  • ASIO Security Assessments can now be reviewed, but not by the courts

    By Adam Fletcher The Government announced this week that it has chosen former Federal Court Judge Margaret Stone to be the Independent Reviewer for Adverse Security Assessments. Justice Stone is the second Independent Reviewer appointed by the Government, following the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor appointed in April last year. Obviously the roles differ, but they […]