La Trobe Law School warmly congratulates Associate Professor, Dr Savitri Taylor on her recent publication in the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, entitled “Escaping Accountability: A Case of Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy” (2016, Volume 29, Iss 6).
The paper addresses two questions. First, what contracts, instruments and accounting activities constitute Australia’s offshore asylum seeker processing policy in practice? Second, how are notions of legitimacy and accountability mediated through the network constituted by this policy?
Dr Taylor and her co-authors found that the Australian Government has sought to escape its accountability obligations by employing a range of approaches. The first of these approaches is the construction of a network involving foreign states, private corporations and non-government organizations. The second is through a watered down accountability regime and refusal to be accountable for the day to day life of asylum seekers in offshore processing centres through a play with the meaning of “effective control”. Yet while the policy network seems designed to create accountability gaps, the requirement within the
network to remain financially accountable undermines the government’s claims not to be responsible for the conditions in the detention camps.
The paper is available for download here.
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