Tag: Kevin Rudd

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • Explainer: Australia’s obligations under the UN Refugee Convention

    By Azadeh Dastyari Prime minister Kevin Rudd has indicated that he would like to revisit Australia’s obligations under the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. We are yet to learn what this may mean, but it is important to clarify some misconceptions about the convention in the lead-up to his announcement. The convention was […]

  • The Return to Rudd: a turn for the worse on asylum seeker policy?

    The night of Wednesday 26th of June was full of surprises. We got an old/new Prime Minister in Kevin Rudd, found out that our first female Prime Minister was quitting politics, and learned what the Foreign Minister Bob Carr thinks of refugees and our international obligations to protect them. Not much as it turns out. […]

  • 2013 Reconciliation Week Blog – “On Reconciliation”

    Guest Blogger – The Koori Woman This post forms part of the Castan Centre’s 2013 Reconciliation Week guest blog series. You can also read posts by  Inala Cooper of Monash University, Shireen Morris of the Cape York Institute and Luke Pearson of AboriginalOz and Indigenous X. It wasn’t until Kevin Rudd gave his Apology speech that I felt, for […]

  • 2013 Reconciliation Week Blog – Symbolism, change and reconciliation

    Guest Blogger – Luke Pearson, IndigenousX This post forms part of the Castan Centre’s 2013 Reconciliation Week guest blog series. You can also read the  post by Inala Cooper of Monash University, and the post by Shireen Morris of the Cape York Institute. National Reconciliation Week is upon us… and Sorry Day is just behind us.And sadly […]