The criminalisation of asylum seekers

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Coghlan, J 2011, 'The criminalisation of asylum seekers', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 119-120.

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Recently announced changes to how and where Australia processes asylum seekers aim to distract voters from the federal government’s failures to fulfill its legal obligations to asylum seekers. Offshore processing is a poor legal and political response to the increasing numbers of asylum seekers seeking protection in Australia. It is also a poor response to the High Court and Amnesty International’s concerns at how the federal government appears to be criminalising asylum seekers.