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Copyright Social Alternatives 2013
In June 2012 Prime Minister Gillard appointed an Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers to provide advice on policy options ‘to prevent asylum seekers rising their lives on dangerous boat journeys to Australia’. This article examines the establishment of that Committee against the backdrop of an increasing number of boat arrivals, of deaths at sea and the failure of Government policy responses to prevent them. It examines the recommendations of the Expert Panel and considers the punitive outcome of some of these recommendations including the ‘no advantage’ test. It evaluates Kevin Rudd’s Regional Resettlement Arrangement with Papua New Guinea and concludes that Australian and regional initiatives need to focus on protection of asylum seekers, not deterrence or avoidance of international obligations. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
Protect or Deter?