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An open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott from members of Australia’s academic community

Over 500 academics from over 30 universities throughout Australia have signed a letter to the Prime Minister calling for the immediate closure of the detention centres on Manus Island and in Nauru, including staff from the Centre for Human Rights Education. The letter was instigated by Philomena Murray from the School of Social and Political [...]

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Policy as Punishment: Asylum Seekers in the Community without the Right to Work

Curtin University researchers from the Centre for Human Rights Education have just released the findings of the first academic study into the experiences of asylum seekers living in the community in Australia without the right to work. The study highlights the distress and fear caused by not being able to work and the ongoing uncertainty [...]

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Letter concerning family visa processing being stopped for refugees who arrived by boat

In December 2013, the Minister for Immigration issued Direction 62 which means that any family visa application already submitted to the Department of Immigration by a person who arrived by boat and was then found to be a refugee, will now be placed to the bottom of the processing pile. This effectively stops these family [...]

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Director speaks at the Western Australian State Labor Conference

On 2 November 2012 Centre Director, Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny, was one of the speakers at the WA State Labor Conference on the topic “Building support for a more compassionate refugee policy”. Other speakers were Melissa Parke MP, Young Australian of the Year Akram Azimi and Senator Sue [...]

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Experiences of ‘no advantage’: Asylum seekers living in the community

On the 25th of September 2013, Dr Lisa Hartley from the Centre for Human Rights Education spoke to attendees at the “Settling in Western Australia: Government, Service Provider, Community and Researcher Forum” which was organised with the support of The Australian Sociological Association, the Office of Multicultural Interests, and The Settlement Council of Australia. Lisa’s [...]

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Event – Safe, Effective and Legal: There is another way for Refugees

There is another way.
The current approach of inflicting ever more cruelty on refugees, including dumping them on our poorest neighbours, will cost many lives and billions of dollars, and is wrong. The right way forward needs a commitment to a genuine regional approach that cares for refugees with the kind of political leadership shown after [...]

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Struggling for Asylum – RTR FM interview series

Last week Dr Caroline Fleay was interviewed by RTR FM’s Morning Magazine show as part of their Struggling for Asylum discussion throughout the week. RTR FM interviewed the Refugee Council’s CEO, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Get Up’s National Director and Caroline about the recent Rudd Government announcement that all asylum seekers arriving to Australia by [...]

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‘Nowhere Home’ and talk by Centre Director

Centre Director Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny spoke at the premier Australian screening of Margreth Olin’s documentary film Nowhere Home on the 24th of June, 2013. The film premier was organised by Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, the Young Lawyers Human Rights Committee and law firm King and Wood Mallesons.  Profits from the event went [...]

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Event – Australia’s policy of mandatory detention for asylum seekers

The Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education, ASeTTS and Amnesty International WA branch, invite you to a forum to mark the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and the 20th Anniversary of mandatory detention in Australia, with guest speaker Richard Towle.
Join us to hear Richard speak about Australia’s policy of mandatory [...]

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