How we came to be so cruel to those seeking asylum in Australia


If you had predicted 30 years ago that Australia would create the least asylum seeker-friendly institutional arrangements in the world, you would not have been believed.

  • Robert Manne
  • The Canberra Times

In 1992 we introduced a system of indefinite mandatory detention for asylum seekers who arrive by boat.

Elem 9iSince that time, we have accepted the idea that certain categories of refugees and asylum seekers can be imprisoned indefinitely; that those who are intercepted by our navy should be forcibly returned to the point of departure; that those who haven’t been able to be forcibly returned should…

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