Category: New Migration Legislation

Sarah Hanson-Young’s speech on the Maintaining the Good Order in Immigration Detention Facilities Bill 2015

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (18:10): I rise tonight to speak to the Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 and put very clearly on the record the Greens’ objection to the bill. I participated in…

The use of force in immigration detention facilities

A publication of the Australian Human Rights Foundation The Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 (the Bill) would give increased power to ‘authorised officers’ to use force against people (including asylum seekers) in immigration…

How much power is too much when dealing with asylum seekers

Gabrielle Appleby and Claire Higgins, The Age  Extract: The proposed Good Order Bill gives broad discretionary powers to private contractors working in Australian immigration detention centres for the use of force against detainees to protect the life, health or safety…

Time to Tell the Truth about offshore detention

Having worked as a counsellor in immigration detention for several years, for contractor International Health and Medical Services (IHMS), any discussions surrounding my former place of employment could very well be illegal after tomorrow, 1 July. This is because of…

New York Times Denounces Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policies

Gabrielle Appleby, New York Times,May 7th, 2015 The Abbott government’s strategy is to treat asylum-seekers who arrive by boat so terribly that they simply give up. Unconstrained by a bill of rights, Canberra has implemented a suite of harsh policies…

What is in a name? The Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015.

Michael Brull New Matilda 18 March Many Australians thought that, in terms of the Australian Government’s treatment of refugees, things could not get any worse. But we would be wrong. The legislation before the Parliament today: : the Migration Amendment…

What if the Government locked up your children indefinitely?

This is an historic SMH EDITORIAL [H]ow…could Mr Abbott fail to be moved by the stories of abuse and despair endured by children in detention centres courtesy of successive Labor and Coalition governments? HRC president Gillian Triggs has implored all…

The Sydney Siege and Refugees

The tragic siege in Sydney in which two innocent people were killed threatens to further poison the already toxic debate on refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.