Boatloads of Incongruity: The Evolution of Australia's Offshore Processing Regime

Australian Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 13, No. 33, 2007

Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007/44

29 Pages Posted: 20 May 2009

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Tania Penovic

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Azadeh Dastyari

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 20, 2009

Abstract

Almost six years on from the introduction of the Pacific Solution, the commitment of Australia’s federal government to the regime of offshore processing of asylum seekers appears undiminished. The offshore processing regime has damaged Australia’s international standing and has cost its taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. But its highest cost has been in human terms. This article examines the evolution of Australia’s offshore processing regime with reference to its objectives, its consequences and its ramifications for Australia’s performance of its human rights obligations under international law.

Keywords: Immigration, refugees, asylum seekers, Pacific Solution, Australia, Federal Government, offshore processing, international law

JEL Classification: K00, K14, K19, K33, K39, K40, K42, K49

Suggested Citation

Penovic, Tania and Dastyari, Azadeh, Boatloads of Incongruity: The Evolution of Australia's Offshore Processing Regime (May 20, 2009). Australian Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 13, No. 33, 2007 ; Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007/44. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1407403

Tania Penovic (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

Azadeh Dastyari

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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