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Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies. Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.
Asylum seekers and immigration detention by Healey, Justin
Call Number: NFS 325 ASY
Publication Date: 2013
Should Australia 'turn back the boats' of the so-called 'queue jumpers' to deter the unsafe and unscrupulous practices of people smugglers? Should Australia maintain offshore processing in other countries such as Nauru and Papua New Guinea (Manus Island), or process asylum seekers onshore in Australia? What are Australia's obligations to asylum seekers under the Refugee Convention and under its own laws? Is the practice of prolonged mandatory detention adding further trauma to the lives of people who may have already fled from desperate situations in their homelands?
The undesirables : inside Nauru by Isaacs, Mark
Call Number: NFS 325 ISA
Publication Date: 2014
This book takes us behind the gates of Nauru and provides a shocking, and often touching, eyewitness account of the treatment of men at Australia's offshore asylum-seeker processing centre. On Friday 19th July 2013, it was reported in the Australian media that over 150 asylum seekers had rioted and razed the Nauru Regional Processing Centre to the ground. The Nauruan community were mobilised into an emergency police force in an attempt to subdue the men. Asylum seekers, Nauruans and Australian security forces were involved in clashes that left many asylum seekers seriously injured.
Acting from the heart
Call Number: NFS 325.210994 ACT
Publication Date: 2007
Tells the stories of over fifty people involved in supporting the plight of asylum seekers in Australia. For some, the refugee issue has become a defining personal stance, one which has engaged and divided families and communities. Includes stories, poems and political cartoons.
Australian Government- Attorney General
The right to personal liberty requires that persons not be subject to arrest and detention except as provided for by law, and provided that neither the arrest nor the detention is arbitrary. The right applies to all forms of detention where people are deprived of their liberty.
Refugee Council of Australia
Mandatory detention applies to many groups, including people who overstay their visas or breach their visa conditions. However, the policy disporportionately affects asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat without authorisation.
This programme looks at the recent turmoil for Australian asylum seekers.
Will re-opening detention centres work? Australian current affairs forum program, presented by Jenny Brocki
In 2016, leaked documents revealed the awful truth about how Australia detains its migrants. So what happens in these detention centers?
Psychologists have long argued that overcrowding and prolonged processing mean mental health problems are rife within Australia's immigration detention centres.
Australian Human Rights Commission
Since 1992 Australia has had a system of mandatory detention. Any non-citizen who is in Australia without a valid visa must be detained according to the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) (Migration Act). These people may only be released from immigration detention if they are granted a visa, or removed from Australia.
Parliament of Australia
Australia's human rights obligations and duty of care responsibilities.