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A law to deprive immigration detainees of their only contact: Australia’s shame before the world

A few months from now, Australia’s human rights track record will be assessed by the rest of the world.

The Universal Periodic Review takes place on a five-year cycle and is an opportunity for members of the UN to assess a country’s achievements in protecting its citizens and…

  • Dr Graham Thom
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

This year it is Australia’s turn.

As a liberal democracy, Australia will fare well compared with more autocratic, intolerant regimes.

Protesters, journalists, political opponents don’t disappear here, the police aren’t shooting at unarmed people in the street, our democratic process – give or take the odd raid on the media – is…

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