Topic archives: immigration

‘You’re worse than me!’: Trump is playing catch up to Australian cruelty

June 22, 2018

Crikey readers respond to the story of a New Zealand boy currently in detention, as well as ongoing disappointment over the NBN.

Shadows of family separation policy haunt NZ boy stuck alone in detention

June 21, 2018 8

The world watched as Donald Trump's hardline family separation policy fell apart, but here in Australia, minors are not guaranteed rights either.

What would it take to actually change Australia’s asylum seeker policies?

May 31, 2018 4

The government has long clung to the "stopping the boats" narrative to justify an immoral asylum seeker system. Here are some alternatives.

It’s impossible to have a discussion about refugee policy in Australia

May 29, 2018

Crikey readers respond to the alternatives to immigration detention, and the media's love/hate relationship with Barnaby Joyce.

Some alternatives for Bill Shorten’s plan to ‘stop the boats’

May 28, 2018 19

Bill Shorten is jumping at his chance to follow the Coalition's border protection policies, but there are other strategies that may stop refugee deaths.

Border Force can’t even seem to deport a man competently

April 13, 2018 17

A man suddenly removed from immigration detention in New South Wales has not been heard from since being put on a flight.

Crikey Worm: Greens push for a publicly owned bank

April 4, 2018 2

Good morning, early birds. Greens leader Richard Di Natalereveals his party's plan to combat unscrupulous behaviour by the big banks. Plus, yet more evidence of Victoria Police brutality comes to light. It's the news you need to know with Chris Woods.

What’s really driving voter disillusionment

March 14, 2018 20

Disempowerment lies behind the angst that has fueled the rise of minor parties in recent elections. And there is substance to voters' concerns.

Immigration debate shows how we’ve infantilised government

March 13, 2018 41

Cutting immigration is a second rate solution to the widespread problem that our governments have lost the capacity to deliver for communities.

Barnaby, Tony and Trump: the toxic trio upstaging Turnbull

February 23, 2018 26

Travelling to Washington won't free the Prime Minister from politically damaging personalities like Barnaby Joyce and Tony Abbott — Donald Trump will be just as damaging.

What do we know about the deportation of a Tamil man back to Sri Lanka?

February 22, 2018 2

Refugee activists in Melbourne have been working around the clock to stop the deportation.

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

January 23, 2018 2

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.

John Kinsella: Manus Island Protest

November 3, 2017 3

New poetry by award winning Australian poet, John Kinsella.

China crisis: Australia hurtles blindly toward an immigration calamity

China crisis: Australia hurtles blindly toward an immigration calamity

September 13, 2017 28

Forget the boats. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese people have flooded into Australia, and no one seems to be taking the threat seriously.

This Dutton-led mega-department is a mistake: former head of DFAT

July 27, 2017 9

The establishment of an enlarged Department of Home Affairs under the ministerial control of Peter Dutton is an unnecessary, mistaken policy, writes Richard Woolcott, former head of DFAT and president of the UN Security Council.

Did Kevin Rudd really intend offshore processing to last only one year?

July 20, 2017 13

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has claimed that asylum seekers on Manus Island could have been resettled in Australia three years ago. Was that really his government's policy?

Do we need to stop immigration to our major cities before it’s too late?

July 4, 2017 10

Determining the appropriate level of immigration for our cities is obviously an important public policy issue but too often sensible discussion is derailed by knee-jerk accusations of xenophobia or racism.

Abbott’s Australian vision: poorer, hotter, more socialist

June 28, 2017 30

Tony Abbott remains as incoherent on policy as ever.

Turnbull doesn’t have a ‘selfie officer’: things we’ve learned in Senate estimates so far

May 24, 2017 2

Plans for Snowy Hydro 2.0 were rushed, Immigration got it wrong on Good Friday incident, and there is no selfie officer for the PM.

Is Dutton’s ‘fake refugees’ argument designed to undermine the Administrative Appeals Tribunal?

May 22, 2017 11

Peter Dutton's criticism of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal shows the government is thinking about bypassing the tribunal for refugee reviews.