Resettlement is the key to asylum solutions

Stop the Bollocks!

Introduction
Having worked for the UN High Commission for Refugees this article is one in a series I published from 2000 through to 2011 lamenting the great shame of the paucity of Australian public debate.

Resettlement is the key to asylum solutions

The deep flaw in the government’s asylum policies is that refugee resettlement, not refugee processing is the driver of the people smugglers trade. The location of processing is not relevant. The Gillard Government policy was flawed from birth and a replacement policy must recognise this fact.


We need a refugee policy that reflects Australia’s position as a leading country, not a fearful one. We should also balance the needs of the refugee and asylum seeker needs, as well as address the concerns of Australians around health and identity.
If you want to break the people smugglers business model, as Chris Bowen says, then you must ensure rapid…

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