How Working with Asylum Seekers broadens our Legal Education

La Trobe Law School La Trobe University

By Rose Clayton In October 2015 I started volunteering in the Law Program of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. I avidly followed the plight of refugees in the news but I needed to physically do something about an issues I… Continue Reading

Risk Assessments and the Plight of Non-Citizens Deported From Australia

By Dave Martin On April 5, 2016 a New Zealand citizen died in Villawood Immigration Detention Centre. He was being held in custody because of recent changes to the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), which legislates that Australian non-citizens sentenced to over… Continue Reading

How did we get here? A reflection on 25 years of Australian asylum seeker policy

Savitri Taylor La Trobe Law School Immigration

By Savitri Taylor I’ve been thinking and writing about Australia’s asylum seeker and refugee policy for 25 years. When I started back in 1991, Labor was in government federally. Between then and now, I’ve seen both Labor and Coalition governments… Continue Reading

Mandatory Detention of Children is Cruel and Immoral

Minoli Perera La Trobe Law School Human Rights Refugees

By Minoli Perera The Australian government’s policy of mandatory detention for boat-arriving asylum seekers has been characterised by commentators as a human rights violation. Under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) there is no time limit on detention and as a… Continue Reading

Savitri Taylor in The Conversation: ‘The Australian Border Force puts the final nail in transparency’s coffin’

Savitri Taylor The Conversation La Trobe refugee immigration

On July 1 the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service merged with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Hence, The Australian Border Force was born. Savitri Taylor, Associate Professor at La Trobe Law School, whose research focuses on refugee laws… Continue Reading