The Federal Budget is a reflection of the vision and values of the government of the day. So what does the 2018 Budget say about Australia’s current leadership and the direction it’s setting for our nation? Australia21 has unpacked the policy decisions and the messages they convey, as well as the post-Budget commentary. Now Chair, Paul Barratt, delivers our verdict.
“We, as former Australians of the Year, representing the hearts and minds of the nation, are deeply concerned about the health and human disaster that is unfolding on Manus Island.”
Australia21 is calling on the Federal Government to end the human rights crisis among the refugees and asylum seekers our nation has confined to Manus Island, instead honouring our international obligation to protect them. We’re also urging ordinary Australians to voice their concerns.
“Beyond the boats: building an asylum and refugee policy for the long term” was launched on 5 November at Parliament House by Fred Chaney AO. The report provides a clear way forward and was a partnership between Australia21, the Renata and Andrew Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and the Centre for Policy Development.
Around 40 young people attended the YoungA21 event – Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policy: A framework for the Future at the ANU on 29 May. The outcome will be a short paper which will be included in the deliberations of the expert roundtable on this topic to be held at Parliament House in July.
At Parliament House on 17 December Sir William Deane AC launched Australia21’s collection of essays by 24 notable Australians on a fresh approach to refugee and asylum seeker policy. Go to Publications to download a copy. Also available in hard copy for purchase.