Category: Immigration & Asylum Seekers

For Labor’s asylum seekers policy, there’s only one solution

By Mick Power

How should the Gillard Government react to their latest challenge, delivered this time by the High Court’s judgment on the Malaysia Solution? In the tight spot they’re already in, sitting on a 27% primary vote and staring down a difficult fight on the carbon price, what to do about this latest policy dilemma?

The right thing, of course. Right now, there’s nothing else they can do.

Saturday’s headlines reported Tony Abbott calling Gillard to join him in a bipartisan return to the Pacific Solution, processing asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. Some unnamed Labor backbenchers have even gone so far as to suggest that a return to temporary protection visas is the way forward.

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Legal challenge to the Malaysian solution

by Jo Coghlan

The Malaysian Solution is not a solution for anyone: especially children. High Court Justice Kenneth Hayne has granted a temporary injunction against the Gillard governments from processing recently arrive asylum seekers to Malaysia under the agreement referred to as the ‘Malaysian solution’.

The Malaysian Solution is an agreement between the governments of Australia and Malaysia that expels from Australia to Malaysia 800 asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia by boat in return for 4000 refugees from Malaysia over the next four years. The arrangement is part of the Regional Cooperation Framework established at the Bali Process Ministerial Conference in 2011. The Gillard government’s rational is that the arrangement: “demonstrates the resolve of Australia and Malaysia to break the people smugglers’ business model, stop them profiting from human misery, and stop people risking their lives at sea.” The cost, to be paid by Australia, is estimated at $216 million plus $76 million to fly the asylum seekers to Malaysia.

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Why Should Rioting Young People Listen to the Elites and Mind a Social Order that Disempowers Them?

 

by Michelle Chen

There’s no simple explanation for the uprising in London and several other UK cities in the last week. But the riots mirror the state of working-class Britain.

 

After witnessing several nights of turmoil, the people of the United Kingdom are still trying to comprehend what just happened. There’s no simple explanation for this apparently leaderless and rudderless uprising in London and several other cities. But amid the grim ashes and street clashes, the message of rage has seared itself into the public consciousness, rekindling an age-old tinderbox of class warfare.

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Extreme Desperation: Why Oslo Killer Targeted Young Labor Leaders

Last Friday, Anders Behring Breivik allegedly detonated a car bomb in Oslo’s government quarter before disguising himself as a policeman and carrying out a deadly shooting spree on the island of Utøya. The mass shooting claimed 68 additional lives, an act of violence apparently motivated by the shooter’s hatred of immigration and multiculturalism. Witnesses describe him as methodical, relishing his short-lived power as he shot teenagers who averaged16 years of age.

Breivik’s decision to target a conference for progressive youth, not the immigrants he hated, was no mistake. And if there is a silver lining to the tragedy, it is that it was an act of desperation.

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Immigration reform Obama style

by Jo Coghlan

America has more than 11 million (and as possibly as high as 20 million) people living inside its borders who do not have legal status. They account for 3.7% of America’s population. For American President Barrack Obama, immigration is the political elephant in the room particularly as he faces re-election next year. Recently Obama has significant speeches on immigration ‘reform’ but it is domestic politics that is driving his policies.

American immigration policy is largely family based. Residency is most commonly granted to the immediate family of existing citizens. For others, visas are granted based on skill levels, with highly skilled immigrants having a much easier time getting work permits than unskilled labourers. Skilled workers, usually people with a university education or professional training have a range of visa options. The most common visa, the H1B class, currently has a ceiling of 65,000 each year: a quota that is easily filled every year. For unskilled labourers, the U.S. grants just 5,000 work visas each year to people employed in fields other than agriculture. For many, the American dream means they live and work in America as undocumented ‘aliens’.

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