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.
The federal Government is withdrawing welfare support from some asylum seekers who were brought to Australia for medical treatment.
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.
Tourism Minister Steve Ciobo says Australia’s new work and holiday visa, which commenced on 1 August has had an “overwhelmingly positive” response.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The federal Government has published a formal statement defining “multicultural Australia”.
The Australian Government has reached a resettlement agreement with the United States for refugees currently in processing centres in Nauru and Manus Island.
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.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has described the latest turn in Coalition refugee policy as “ridiculous” – but has not ruled out supporting it.
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.
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.
Australia is one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told the UN refugee summit.
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.
WA Green’s Senator Scott Ludlam has condemned findings that almost half of Australians supports a ban on Muslim 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.