Tag Archive | Immigration detention

Living in limbo – community detention

As I dropped two kids off at school this morning, I heard Robert Tickner on the radio. Robert is the CEO of Australian Red Cross. Robert has said: “While the Red Cross strongly welcomes the laudable release of people seeking asylum from immigration detention centres and believes that this is the best, most humane and […]


Imogen Bailey is a woman on a mission.  Imogen participated in Go Back Where You Came From Series II and aside from being a very busy woman working on her career, she is passionate about the question of children in mandatory detention and dedicates her time to campaigning to try to get the message to […]

Living with the aftermath of mandatory detention

Australia’s mandatory detention policy receives criticism from many quarters: Amnesty International, the United Nations and many human rights organisations and refugee advocacy groups. I am in a somewhat unique position to be able to say the effects do not disappear over night.  I am married to a man who was in detention for many months.  While […]

Amnesty International Report on Australian Detention Centres

Earlier this month I wrote a short article highlighting Amnesty International’s assessment in progress of our detention centres.  Amnesty’s report is now available. I quote (emphasis added): In order for Australia to meet international human rights standards, Amnesty International recommends the following:  A maximum 30 day time limit is placed on the detention of asylum seekers, […]

The Immigration Museum Submission

Regular readers will recall some time ago I submitted a summary of our story in 350 words to the Victorian Immigration Museum.  Readers gave valuable feedback on drafts (see related links below)!  Thank you! The other day I went looking for it on-line, but couldn’t find anything.  Strange, I thought.  I wrote to the Museum […]

Detention centres dysfunctional

We know for example that Serco staff at the moment in some of the centres are provided with knives so that they can cut down people who are attempting to hang themselves. – Louise Newman http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2011/s3370082.htm I noticed a “retweet” by Graeme Innes today.  It linked to the above article.  Louise Newman is a Professor at […]


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