The Howard Government’s Neoliberal Project: The Continuation of the Colonial Modernisation Agenda - Nina Evason

This paper from University of Queensland student, Nina Evason, discusses Australian Indigenous Public Policy under the Howard Government from 1996-2007. 

This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in understanding why Australian Indigenous public policy has repeatedly failed to appropriately address Aboriginal disadvantage.

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Which country is best equipped to accomodate refugees - Australia, Nauru or PNG?

Australia is well positioned to accept and accommodate refugees from the processing centres in Nauru and on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG).  However, accomodating such a large number of people in either Nauru or PNG presents insurmountable challenges.  

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Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee - Conditions and Treatment of of asylum seekers and refugees in regional processing centres

The Edmund Rice Centre's submisson calls for the closure of regional processing centres and an end to offshore processing and Operation Sovereign Borders. All asylum seekers and refugees be relocated to Australia to finalise their processing and the response of Australia to people who seek asylum in our country should be amended to reflect our international legal obligations.

We have also presented the Committee with an alternative plan to improve Australia’s current policy settings. Ultimately, Australia’s offshore processing regime is unsustainable. It is inevitable that sometime in the future a Government will launch a Royal Commission into

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Open Letter to Tony Abbott - Seeking asylum is not "illegal" - 4 December 2013

The Edmund Rice Centre has joined with a broad national coalitions of organisations calling for action from Prime Minister Tony Abbott to end the deliberate misrepresentation of asylum seekers that is being perpetrated by Government Ministers and MP's.

The coalition of 138 not-for-profit organisations has called for Prime Minister Abbott to stop the Government’s characterisation of asylum seekers arriving by boat as “illegal maritime arrivals”.

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The Metropolitan Strategy - City of Cities: A Plan for Sydney's Future - 30 April 2010

The following submission details the importance of the Sydney Basin in relation to the economy and the environment, and included examples internationally and domestically of urban agriculture and peri-agriculture.

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Expected impacts of climate change to coral reefs of the Pacific

This paper is a summary of the work of Dr Chris McGrath examining the scientific evidence of the threat of climate change on coral reefs in the Pacific and the policy targets necessary to avoid severe impacts.

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Submission to Review Board of the Northern Territory Emergency Response

The Edmund Rice Centre's Submission to the Review Board of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER): Time for a New Approach: Consultation and Non-Discrimination the Key. Policy should be based on good empirical evidence measured with well-known and agreed criteria. Thus far, there is a lack of both ood empirical evidence and good criteria in this context. 

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Submission to the inquiry into immigration detention in Australia

The Edmund Rice Centre made a submission to the Federal Parliament's Inquiry into Immigration Detention. The Inquiry which was called in June by Senator Evans, the Minster for Immigration is being conducted by Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Migration. In its submission the Edmund Rice Centre (ERC) argues that mandatory detention should be dropped immediately, presenting evidence of how it is in breach of Australia's legal commitments under the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees.

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From Victims to Changemakers: A Grass-Roots Focus for the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children

In May 2008, the Federal Government announced plans to develop a new National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children, and invited input from community organisations. This submission was prepared by a group of young women coordinating Lilla, a new International Women's Network, initiated by ERC.

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