Submission to United Nations Human Rights Committee

ERC assisted our international partners Edmund Rice International and Franciscans International in the preparation of this NGO Alternative Report as part of the United Nations' Human Rights Committee's review of Australia. The Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.

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Deported to Danger: The Responsibility to Protect

This report is the continuation of ERC’s determination to investigate Australia’s most recent deportations to Afghanistan by providing an overview of Afghanistan’s current security, political, and socio-economic situation, the drivers and trends of migration, and the returnees’ experience, compiled from both primary and secondary sources. The sources selected for preparing this report include scholarly analysis, expert commentary, government and international organisations’ documents, officials’ statements, and newspaper reports as well as conducting interviews with experts and practitioners working at national and international development agencies in Afghanistan. In addition to relying on a wide range of primary and secondary sources, a number of deported Afghans from Australia, Europe and other countries have been interviewed in the context of returnees’ experience in order to broaden the focus of the report.

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Submission in response to the "Strengthening the test for Australian Citizenship" discussion paper

This submission addresses the following components of the proposed citizenship changes:

  • The introduction of a formal language test;
  • Increasing the general residence requirement;
  • Changes to the Australian Values Statement; and
  • Changes to the test for Australian citizenship.

The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education (ERC) is of the view that the proposed changes are unnecessary and we have serious concerns about the Federal Government’s motivations for the changes. 

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Australia's Humanitarian Programme 2017-18 - Submission to Department of Immigration and Border Protection

This submission provides recommendations to the following questions:

In the global context, there are large numbers of people in need of resettlement and limited places available in Australia. What should Australia’s priorities be for accepting refugees and humanitarian entrants, including those in protracted situations?

What can the Australian Government do to encourage involvement from the private, educational and community sectors to assist humanitarian entrants to secure stable employment and achieve self-sufficiency?

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Submission to Senate Select Committee on Strengthening Multiculturalism

The Edmund Rice Centre has made a submission to the Senate Select Committee on Strengthening Multiculturalism. Our submission has a particular focus on:

  • The impact of political leadership and media representation on the prevalence of vilification and other forms of exclusion and bigotry on the basis of 'race', colour, national or ethnic origin, culture or religious belief; and
  • How to improve the expected standards of public discourse about matters of 'race', colour, national or ethnic origin, culture or religious belief. 

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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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