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Australia's handling of the asylum-seekers on board the Oceanic Viking and recent 'freeze' on Sri Lankan and Afghan asylum applications has sparked vigorous and ongoing debate. In this interview ahead of her inaugural lecture as the Freilich Foundation Professor, Penelope Mathew looks at Australia's past and present policies against the backdrop of global refugee movements and makes some suggestions for steps that could be undertaken.
A speech by Julian Burnside who is a prominent barrister and winner of the Sydney Peace Prize. Here he describes Australia's inhumane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
UN human rights investigator Francois Crepeau is urging the Australian government to resettle asylum seekers, and to stop violating international law by keeping them in offshore detention centres.
The international refugee regime is failing Australian national interests; the interests of the international community; and the interests of refugees themselves. But contravening international commitments is not the most effective way to remedy these failures, or to provide a lasting solution to Australia’s asylum crisis.