Security, Inclusiveness and Australian Refugee Policy: A Critical Response

Page, James S. (2004) Security, Inclusiveness and Australian Refugee Policy: A Critical Response. Peace, Conflict and Development: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Issue 4(April), pp. 1-5.

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This essay attempts to provide a critical response to the recent essay by Elisabeth Porter concerning Australian refugee policy. Whilst it is acknowledged the current Australian Government stands condemned in many if not most aspects of foreign policy, it is suggested that there are a number of critical issues within the analysis by Elisabeth Porter which do require further attention, including, 1) the allegedly racist nature of Australian refugee policy, 2) the critique of mandatory detention, 3) the problem of secondary movers, and 4) the moral complexity of dealing justly and compassionately with asylum seekers. The writer agrees with Elisabeth Porter that the refugee problem is a global one, although it is concluded that it is precisely this global nature of the problem which means that local refugee solutions are not so simple, and that the enduring solutions ought to be regarded as global.

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ID Code: 3645
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Australia, Australian, foreign policy, asylum seekers, racism, racist, mandatory detention, secondary movers, moral complexity, global, local solutions, justice, compassion, global, dislocation, reportable, television, good copy, academic, immoral, illegal, war, Iraq, South, East Asia, United Nations Charter, foreign aid, overseas aid, unauthorized arrivals, electoral advantage, racist hypothesis, heterogenous society, ethnic diversity, ethnic press, multicultural broadcasting, refugee re, settlement, Africa, Middle East, demographics, migration, 20 million refugees, Global North, Global South, temporary refugee camps, Europe, United States, turning people away, human rights, due process, intermediate country, economic motive, developed country, care ethics, ethics of care, consequentialist ethics, the other, attentiveness, attentive, automatic acceptance, outflow of capital, outflow of skilled labour, minimum detention, basic processing, no documentation, right of appeal, democratic right, period of detention, nation, state system, open borders, global apartheid, lifestyle, graduated, culture of war, culture of peace, Elisabeth Porter, Adrienne Milbank, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Frank Brennan, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Volker Turk, Frances Nicholson, Emma Hadda, Titus Alexander, Gernot Kohler, James Smith Page
ISSN: 1742-0601
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > DEMOGRAPHY (160300) > Migration (160303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > International Relations (160607)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 University of Bradford
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link)..
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:30

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