Immigration

September 2017

Government on notice to bring on language test changes – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

The Government’s controversial citizenship proposals, including a much tougher English language test, have suffered a serious blow, with the Senate giving Immigration Minister Peter Dutton four parliamentary sitting days to put the bill up for debate.

New crackdown on asylum seeker support – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

The federal Government is withdrawing welfare support from some asylum seekers who were brought to Australia for medical treatment.

PNG demands negotiation over future of Manus Island asylum seekers – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

The new Government of Papua New Guinea has told Australia it cannot shut down the Manus Island detention centre and leave asylum seekers in PNG at the end of October.

Minister claims success for new work and holiday visa – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

Tourism Minister Steve Ciobo says Australia’s new work and holiday visa, which commenced on 1 August has had an “overwhelmingly positive” response.

July 2017

Working visa English language requirements clarified – July 2017

Filed under: Social and Community, Immigration,

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has assured the business community that changes to the exemption to English language and skills assessment requirements for employer-sponsored permanent visas will not be applied to applications lodged before the changes came into effect on 1 July 2017.

June 2017

Labor to oppose citizenship change, continues to debate Adani – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

The Government’s proposed changes to the Australian citizenship test provoked lively debate in the ranks of the Labor Opposition, leading eventually to a unanimous decision to oppose the entire package.

Citizenship changes rest on cross-bench as Labor decides to oppose – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

Labor has decided to vote against the Government’s proposed changes to Australian citizenship requirements, denying there is any link between citizenship policy and national security, as claimed by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

May 2017

Minister sets October deadline for asylum application – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

The federal Government has set a deadline for thousands of what it calls ‘Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMAs)’ who arrived in Australia under the previous Labor Government to prove they are genuine refugees and owed protection by Australia.

April 2017

Government refreshes multicultural statement – April 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

The federal Government has published a formal statement defining “multicultural Australia”.

November 2016

Australia strikes refugee resettlement agreement with US – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community, Immigration,

The Australian Government has reached a resettlement agreement with the United States for refugees currently in processing centres in Nauru and Manus Island.

Rudd attacks Turnbull over asylum seeker policy – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has sparked another round of controversy with the announcement of plans to ban people held on Manus Island and Nauru from ever coming to Australia.

Shorten relishes Turnbull’s troubles – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has described the latest turn in Coalition refugee policy as “ridiculous” – but has not ruled out supporting it.

Government seeks to ramp up asylum seeker penalties – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

The Federal Government is proposing new laws to ensure that no asylum seekers who tried to come to Australia by boat, even if they are found to be refugees, can ever enter the country.

October 2016

Hanson and Hinch call for tougher ‘dual nationals’ sanctions – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security, Social and Community,

Pauline Hanson wants laws stripping dual-national terrorists of their citizenship to go further, calling for their families to be deported as well, AAP reports.

Border protection protects multiculturalism, Turnbull tells UN refugee summit – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence, Social and Community,

Australia is one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told the UN refugee summit.

September 2016

Government addresses ‘agenda’ issues: welfare, superannuation and refugees – September 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Superannuation, Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community,

With the Prime Minister overseas and Parliament not sitting again until October 10, the Government has taken the opportunity to re-focus on which could be said to constitute its post-election agenda.

Greens concerned at anti-Muslim poll result – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Opinion Polls, Social and Community, Immigration,

WA Green’s Senator Scott Ludlam has condemned findings that almost half of Australians supports a ban on Muslim immigration.

Prime Minister’s comments spark speculation about refugee swap with US – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community, Immigration,

Australia will continue to play a leading role in global efforts to assist refugees, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a leaders’ summit in New York, convened by US President Barack Obama.

Hanson-Young out of immigration in Greens reshuffle – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

The Australian Greens’ new immigration spokesman, Tasmanian senator Nick McKim, is seeking to visit the Nauru and Manus Island refugee detention centres – but with no great confidence of success.

Asylum seekers – September 2016

Filed under: Social and Community, Immigration,

In the wake of Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court decision ordering the closure of the Manus Island refugee detention centre,  pressure continues to increase on the Turnbull Government to resolve Australia’s offshore detention crisis.

August 2016

Manus closure agreed but no time frame – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community, Immigration,

Australia has agreed to close its controversial offshore detention centre for would-be asylum seekers on Manus Island, according to the Papua New Guinea Government.

Asylum seekers and the return of parliament – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community,

With Parliament to resume on Tuesday 30 August following the 2 July election,  one of the most surprising and promising developments – for all those troubled by Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers –  has been the emergence of a serious public debate about offshore detention.

Labor more willing to discuss offshore detention – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community, Immigration,

The Australian Financial Review’s well-regarded political editor Laura Tingle wrote recently that “Labor has been cautious about delving into the issue of asylum seekers because it has felt vulnerable on the issue in the past and not wanted to appear ‘soft’.

Publication of the ‘Nauru Files’ by Guardian Australia – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community, Immigration,

Australia’s offshore detention regime has been under increased pressure since the Guardian Australia’s publication of the ‘Nauru files’ last week.

Papua New Guinea High Court decision ordering closure of Manus Island detention centre - August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community, Immigration,

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s meeting with PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill over the PNG Supreme Court’s pre-election order to close the Manus Island detention centre was most likely a delaying operation designed to show the Australian Government is trying to help the PNG Government implement the decision, while both Government’s seek a solution.

Open letter by prominent human rights advocates accepting boat ‘turnbacks’ – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Social and Community, Immigration,

A proposal for closing offshore detention centres developed by prominent human rights advocates Robert Manne, Frank Brennan, Tim Costello and John Menadue, published by The Age attracted widespread attention.

July 2016

Tougher rules for 457 visas – July 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Employment, Politics, Elections, Social and Community,

The ALP says a Labor government will deliver a comprehensive plan to ensure the temporary work visa system prioritises Australian jobs and addresses temporary worker exploitation.

June 2016

Coalition defers ‘backpacker tax’ until after election – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Immigration, Agriculture,

The Coalition says it will undertake a review of the broad range of issues affecting the supply and taxation of working holiday maker 417 and 462 visas if it is re-elected.

May 2016

What a humane and workable asylum seeker policy would look like – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Immigration,

Asylum seeker policy captured a fair slice of the second week of the Federal election campaign thanks to some distasteful remarks volunteered by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Turnbull backs Dutton after illiterate and innumerate” refugees comment – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Immigration,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sprang strongly to the defence of Peter Dutton, his Immigration and Border Protection Minister, after the minister’s comments about “illiterate and innumerate” refugees living on welfare, in the second week of the election campaign.

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