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In PNG and Nauru, Australia’s immigration policy comes at the expense of democracy

Australia’s offshore detention policy relies on the weakness of its post-colonial states, even as it weakens them further..

A regional solution for refugees. That was the liberal sweetener in the “expert panel” report of 2012, a document that endorsed the deterrent of offshore processing. Duly fortified against her left flank (one of the “experts” was Paris Aristotle, a well-respected “refugee advocate”), then prime minister Julia Gillard declared her government would “move urgently to restart offshore processing on Manus Island and Nauru”…

Source: In PNG and Nauru, Australia’s immigration policy comes at the expense of democracy | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian

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