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Carly Gordon. Image by James Walsh.

Has Australia ever had a humane asylum policy?

24 September 2015

Australia's current asylum policy is often compared with the country's more humanitarian past. Many have accused today's government of defying a proud humanitarian tradition of welcoming persecuted...

Scholarship to create leaders that make a difference

18 August 2015

A new scholarship valued at up to $120,000 over two to three years will offer students pursuing research or coursework postgraduate studies a unique opportunity to develop their...

Collateral benefit and damage

31 July 2015

The ruling in the case between China and the Philippines over competing claims in the South China Sea will strain relations between Manila and Beijing, but it’ll also impact Vietnam, Taiwan,...

Myanmar opposition leader and head of the parliamentary committee on Rule of law and stability, Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo by AFP

Making sense of the rule of law

5 June 2015

Among the rapid economic and political changes underway in Myanmar, one concern still stands out starkly: the want of respect for the rule of law.As the country moves from military to civilian rule,...

Shan State army commanders take aim during a military parade marking the Shan National Day in February Photo by AFP Images

Re-shooting an elephant

28 May 2015

Myanmar's peace process makes no provision for dealing with the ongoing sectarian violence occurring there. The government refuses to even recognise the term Rohingya - simply saying they do not...

Rohingya refugee children are seen at a temporary shelter in Bayeun village, Ache province, Indonesia, on 24 May. Photo by AFP images.

Rohingya refugee crisis

25 May 2015

Efforts to find a regional solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis will fail unless members of the international community such as Australia lend their full support, writes TREVOR WILSON Seeking a...

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The Rohingya and regional failure

18 May 2015

The ongoing humanitarian crisis exposes dangerous vacuum at the centre of ASEAN's commitment to be 'people-centred', writes MATHEW DAVIES Myanmar’s membership of ASEAN, achieved in 1997, has always...

Andrew Chan (left) and Myuran Sukumaran - two Australians facing imminent execution in Indonesia. Photo by AFP.

Australia can change Asia for the better

30 April 2015

Australia has the resources and clout to push for major change in the region, including issues as divisive as the death penalty. The real challenge is whether we have the ideas, arguments and...

Carly Gordyn. Photo by James Walsh.

Reaping the rewards of research

20 February 2015

Strongly connected to the migrant experience while growing up, a PhD candidate is already receiving recognition for her research on asylum seeker policy.Like many people, Carly Gordyn didn’t consider...

Andrew Chan (right) and Myuran Sukumaran talk to their lawyer.

Don't shoot the messenger

17 February 2015

Keeping death row inmates alive is one of the best chances of success in Joko Widodo’s war on drugs, write Clarke Jones and James Giggacher. Indonesia has announced that death row inmates and '...

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