Category: Refugee Policy and Labor values

Call me illegal: The semantic struggle over seeking asylum in Australia

Ben Doherty, Thomson Reuters Fellow Trinity Term 2015 Abstract Since the arrival of the first post-colonial ‘boatpeople’ on Australian shores in 1976, the language used by governments and media to discuss those who arrive ‘irregularly’ by sea has changed dramatically.…

One Positive To Take From The Labor Conference

New Matilda 2 August 2015   Max Chalmers believes that Michele O’Neill’s speech at the Labor Party Conference will resonate with many even though her position ‘never had a chance. Here is his summary   “I’m the leader of the…

Indonesia: Children Seeking Refuge Find Abuse, Neglect

This article bu Human Rights Watch, first posted in 2013, is being posted to contribute to the debate around the claim by shadow immigration Minister, Richard Marles that there is no justification for people to get on a boat after…

Canberra Politicians split on boat turn-backs

28 July, Canberra Times Labor members of the ACT Assembly split on turning back asylum seeker boats  at the party’s national conference on the weekend, with Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Joy Burch backing Bill Shorten’s position on turnbacks, but Yvette Berry…

Media Release: Snap protest against Bill Shorten’s stand on boat turn-backs

Snap protest against Bill Shorten’s stand on boat turn backs Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Garema Place, City Canberra, 24 July 2015 The Canberra Refugee Action Committee has condemned Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s stand supporting turn backs of asylum seeker…

RAC supports sit-in at Andrew Leigh’s office

On Tuesday five Canberrans staged a sit-in at the Braddon office of Federal Labor MP Andrew Leigh. The aim of the action was to call on Mr Leigh to denounce the refugee policies of the Coalition Government and the ALP,…

An Open Letter to the Labor Party

The following open letter was published in The Canberra Times on Saturday 11 July. Many thanks to everyone who signed it. Don’t forget that on Wednesday 15 July RAC are holding a public forum on why Labor must change its…

Labor must change course on boats policy

Published in the Canberra Times, 5 July 2015 By Sanjay Bhosale Canberrans eager to see a change in the Australian Labor Party’s policies on refugees and asylum seekers will have a chance to have their say via an open letter…

Major Refugee Groups Slam Boat Turn-Backs As Labor Mulls Policy Shift

By Max Chalmers, New Matilda The Refugee Council says an activist who spoke out in favour of turn-backs does not represent the views of those who work with refugees. Max Chalmers reports. The national umbrella organisations for refugee and asylum…