Jan 23, 2018

Tracking transparency: Border Force’s record on access and denial

We were delighted to see the intelligence operatives so keen to be open with the press about matters around asylum seekers this morning -- as we see, it has not always been the case.

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


Since forming in 2014, Australian Border Force has had a mixed relationship with transparency. So it was a surprise to see, on the front page today's Australian such a admirable commitment to press freedom from the department, with multiple sources "confirming" that New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees has increased talk of and attempts at people smuggling in the area. Coincidentally, this is just what Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said would happen last year.

Let's look at the department's up and down history with press freedom.

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2 thoughts on “Tracking transparency: Border Force’s record on access and denial

  1. [email protected]

    People such as teachers have defied the anti-democratic ministers who seek to hide the truth of our off shore hell holes, and because some of the Press is still free they have not been fined or imprisoned. So we must thank these brave souls for not being intimidated. In Turkey, Russia or Iran they would be in grave danger. Yet even in those countries people speak up, with none but Amnesty to defend them.

  2. graybul

    Both the Minister and his ministerial mentor before; will be written into our national history. Neither one or the other will lose a wink of sleep. For both have ably shown their contempt for those placed under their care or; and for the erosion of parliamentary accountabilities, national and international humane protocols.

    Evenso, the historical record will stand. As will the inclusive future contempt of the Australian people in their judgement of the persons responsible for the inhumanities carried out on Nauru and Manus Island under our name.

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