Tag: auspol

  • Six months after marriage equality there’s much to celebrate – and still much to do

    Six months after marriage equality there’s much to celebrate – and still much to do

    By Dr Paula Gerber, Monash University It has been six months since Australia declared that marriage is no longer an exclusively heterosexual institution. In that time, approximately 2,500 same-sex couples have been married, with NSW having the most weddings, closely followed by Victoria and Queensland. Many more couples, who married overseas before marriage equality was […]

  • The evidence is in: you can’t link imprisonment to crime rates

    By Bronwyn Naylor Prison populations in Australia are increasing rapidly. This is usually said to be driven by increases in crime. Digging deeper though, in Australia and internationally, the link is far less clear. The extent of a country’s use of imprisonment seems in fact to be more a matter of policy choice than of […]

  • Why refugees need legal aid

    By Azadeh Dastyari Immigration Minister Scott Morrison added yet another burden to asylum seekers this week when he announced that they would no longer be eligible for “taxpayer funded immigration advice and assistance”. That is, asylum seekers arriving without a valid visa, by boat or plane, will no longer be eligible to obtain independent and professional immigration […]

  • PNG plan: cruel to be … cruel

    The PNG solution: cruel to be … cruel By Sarah Joseph, Monash University While the government might not show humanity in asylum seeker policy, there is certainly a human side to it. EPA/Andra Subhan   Much of the criticism of the PNG solution has focused on apparent inadequacies in PNG laws, economy, and infrastructure in […]

  • The PNG solution: as harsh as it is unprecedented

    By Maria O’Sullivan Under the ”regional agreement” signed by Australia and Papua New Guinea on Friday, all asylum seekers who travel to Australia by boat will be transferred to PNG and have their asylum claims processed there by local officials. Controversially, those asylum seekers recognised as refugees will be resettled in PNG, and not Australia. […]

  • Is Australia’s new asylum policy the harshest in its history?

    By Azadeh Dastyari Last week’s announcement is perhaps harsher than any asylum policy we have had in our recent history. It attempts to achieve what the Howard government’s Pacific Solution could not: that is, to ensure that no refugees are in fact resettled in Australia. Whether it can achieve this aim is a big question. […]