Protect or deter? : the expert panel on asylum seekers in Australia

Davies, Sara (2013) Protect or deter? : the expert panel on asylum seekers in Australia. Social Alternatives, 32(3), pp. 26-33.

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Abstract

In June 2012 Prime Minister Gillard appointed an Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers to provide advice on policy options 'to prevent asylum seekers rising their lives on dangerous boat journeys to Australia'. This article examines the establishment of that Committee against the backdrop of an increasing number of boat arrivals, of deaths at sea and the failure of Government policy responses to prevent them. It examines the recommendations of the Expert Panel and considers the punitive outcome of some of these recommendations including the 'no advantage' test. It evaluates Kevin Rudd's Regional Resettlement Arrangement with Papua New Guinea and concludes that Australian and regional initiatives need to focus on protection of asylum seekers, not deterrence or avoidance of international obligations

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ID Code: 75034
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: refugees and government policy, refugees legal status, Asylum Seekers , Asylum Seekers rights
ISSN: 1836-6600
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > International Law (excl. International Trade Law) (180116)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 14 Aug 2014 00:53
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2014 23:03

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