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Australia’s new offshore processing laws for asylum seekers raise doubt over Australia’s commitment to fundamental human rights and beyond

Laura Hilly 4th September 2012

On 16 August 2012, the Migration Legislation (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012 was passed in the Australian Parliament.  In broad terms, the laws were introduced as a measure to reduce the number of asylum seekers who attempt to reach Australia by boat. There are several aspects of this new law that, from a human […]

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Australia's new offshore processing laws for asylum seekers raise doubt over Australia’s commitment to fundamental human rights and beyond

admin 4th September 2012

On 16 August 2012, the Migration Legislation (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012 was passed in the Australian Parliament.  In broad terms, the laws were introduced as a measure to reduce the number of asylum seekers who attempt to reach Australia by boat. There are several aspects of this new law that, from a human […]

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Same-Sex Marriage: Transforming to an Institution of Equals

Rob Clark 2nd September 2012

There is a substantial amount of debate in Australia currently regarding same-sex marriage, with parliamentary discussion in the Federal Parliament ahead of a vote, and some states, such as Tasmania, South Australia and also the Australian Capital Territory, declaring that they intend to enact their own laws allowing same-sex marriage. This has led to some […]

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Sex Workers Have Human Rights Too

Guest Contributor 30th August 2012

By Stacey-Leigh Manoek and Gcobisa Silwana South African law criminalises sex work. In terms of the law both the sex worker and the client commit offences, yet it is sex workers who bear the consequences of this criminal status. This is one of many cases where sex workers experience human rights violations at the hands of […]

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Gendered Poverty: A Role for the Right to Social Security

Guest Contributor 27th August 2012

By Beth Goldblatt The welfare safety net has been eroded in many developed countries over recent decades. Since the global financial crisis, austerity measures involving welfare cutbacks have worsened poverty in a number of European nations. This crisis has also had a major impact on the economies of the developing world, leading to food insecurity, […]

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