Tag: tow back policy

  • Explainer: the legal implications of ‘tow-backs’

    By Azadeh Dastyari Australia has been engaging in “tow-backs” of asylum-seeker boats. This has involved intercepting boats carrying asylum seekers at sea, before they reach Australia, and forcing them to return to Indonesia. It has also emerged that Australia entered Indonesian territorial waters during at least some of these “tow-backs”. Indonesia has responded strongly, stating […]

  • Abbott’s copycat tow-back plan won’t stop the boats

    By Azadeh Dastyari This piece critiques the opposition’s claim that its plan to “tow back” boats to Indonsesia is similar to the United States’ tow back policy.  On 18 July, our associate Maria O’Sullivan published this piece considering whether the opposition’s plan complies with Australia’s international law obligations.   In recent weeks, the Opposition Leader, the shadow immigration […]