Shifting the Focus: From People Smugglers to Protection
2009 - Volume 12 Number 3
The Australian government has recently stepped up its effort to form partnerships with regional neighbours to tackle people smuggling, which it identifies as the primary focus of its asylum seeker policy.
This focus detracts attention from the people most affected by this new strategy, those seeking asylum in Australia. As refugee lawyer David Manne has said, “There’s a disproportionate emphasis on protection of our extraterritorial borders to the serious expense of protection of people [in Australia]”
To meat or not to meat: reducing your eco-footprint
2009 - Volume 12 Number 2
Not everyone can afford solar panels or a hybrid car, but our diet is one thing that we have the power to change and make a definite impact with.
Eating less meat and animal products (even if that just means having one meat free day per week), or foregoing them altogether, is one small way for individuals to make an impact on some of the massive injustices facing our world today: from poverty and ill health, to environmental degradation and climate change.
Urgent: A fair and effective carbon pollution reduction scheme
2009 - Volume 12 Number 1
Good law must be based on good principles that are widely and clearly understood.
Australia must act now because the world must act now. Global agreement on meaningful targets is absolutely crucial and that also means participation in global cap and trade schemes. To participate in the negotiations and the global mechanisms, Australia must have its own cap and trade scheme.