Australia’s former prime minister, Julia Gillard, has defended her legacy on asylum seeker policies, saying that her government’s hardline approach was justified on humanitarian grounds.Read More
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TIM PALMER: A powerful union is making a last minute bid to ensure skilled workers who come to Australia under the China free trade deal have to prove they do have the appropriate licences.
The enabling legislation for the Free Trade Agreement is expected to pass the Senate next week after Labor and the Government struck a deal last month.
Jakarta: Australia has been criticised for refusing to resettle any of the Rohingya who reached Indonesia after fleeing persecution in Myanmar during the refugee and trafficking crisis in Southeast Asia earlier this year.
In its latest report, Deadly Journeys, Amnesty International says Rohingya refugees were killed or severely beaten Read More
Liberal backbencher Russell Broadbent has thrown down the gauntlet to his own side of politics by labelling the indefinite detention of asylum seeker children “unacceptable”.
Broadbent told ABC Radio on Monday morning that public opinion has shifted on the indefinite detention of asylum seekers, warning that politicians must keep up.Read More
Asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island say they have not been formally told of any plan to resettle them in the Philippines, and believe few would accept any offer to move to the south-east Asian archipelago.
Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, and the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, have confirmed they are talking to their counterparts in the Philippines ove Read More
Australia is believed to be seeking a deal with the Philippines to permanently resettle refugees in limbo in offshore detention centres.
Cambodia has previously agreed to resettle refugees who tried to reach Australia by boat, but the $55m arrangement faced criticism stemming from the fact it was not contingent on the country taking a certain number of refugees.Read More