Tag: Scott Morrison

  • A Constitutional Referendum: a Hail Mary for those opposed to Marriage Equality

    A constitutional referendum: a ‘Hail Mary’ for those opposed to same-sex marriage Sarah Joseph, Monash University On Tuesday, August 11, prospects for same-sex marriage legislation in Australia in the near future were quashed when the governing Coalition partyroom voted against a conscience vote in favour of maintaining opposition to same-sex marriage. However, senior members of […]

  • Sending People Back to Face Torture or even Death

    By Adam Fletcher On the 4th of this month the new Coalition Government introduced a Bill entitled the Migration Amendment (Regaining Control over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Bill 2013. In a way, the title is apt because the Bill would return control over Australia’s refoulement obligations to the Minister, where it used to lie under the […]

  • Refugee tribunal a check against the culture of no

    By Adam McBeth The Australian, on March 18, 2013, reported (paywall) on Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) figures that showed a remarkable 74 per cent success rate in the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) since July 2012 among people who arrived by boat. That figure is inflated somewhat by omitting cases that were withdrawn before a hearing […]

  • Appeals to racism do not advance us: special International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination post

    By Richard Clarke Tucked away in the lesser-known second verse of our national anthem is the following stanza: For those who’ve come across the sea We’ve boundless plains to share With courage let us all combine To advance Australia fair. In the lead-up to the federal election, politicians from both sides would do well to […]