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Chris Bowen: The Case For Openness

The Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen, has delivered a speech in defence of openness in trade and immigration, and against nativist populism.

BowenAddressing the Crescent Institute, Bowen said: “In the United States, Europe and recently in Australia, simple solutions are being proposed to solve complex problems.”

Bowen said he wanted to make “the case for trade and immigration… for an outward looking, modern nation, at peace with itself and comfortable with the world around us.”

He said “the believers in a connected world” also need “to meet the concerns of those who are hurting” and who are tempted by “the chimera of a solution proposed by those who are speedily trying to raise the national drawbridge”. [Read more…]


Scott Morrison Announces Formation Of Australian Border Force; “Reform Dividend Of Stopping The Boats”

The federal government is to create an Australian Border Force in 2015 to “protect the border and facilitate the lawful passage of people and goods”.

MorrisonThe Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, made the announcement today in a speech to the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

He said the Australian Border Force would be established as part of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. It will be led by a Commissioner with the same standing as the Commissioner of the Federal Police, the Chief of the Defence Force and the Director General of ASIO. The Commissioner will report directly to the Immigration Minister. [Read more…]


Scott Morrison: Australia, The Land Of Our Adoption

The Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison, has delivered a speech on immigration and multiculturalism in which he depicts Australia as a nation of “adopted children” and calls for Australians to honour their national inheritance.

MorrisonThe speech was delivered at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College, London.

Morrison argues that Australia’s nationalism “is divorced from ethnicity, race and religion, disarming what is often a volatile and potentially negative combination”.

He says the “traditions, values and ethnic culture” of immigrants to Australia “are part of the process of transition from our old lands, culture and ways of life to the new that has been part of the national and cultural journey of Australians for centuries. It is an iterative process, taking place over a lifetime and generations, as we exchange and adapt the old for the new, bringing what’s best, leaving the rest and embracing over time a new national identity”.

Morrison points to Henry Parkes, Robert Lowe and WC Wentworth as examples of the inheritors of a “modern liberal democratic immigration nation” becoming its stewards.

The Howard government reoriented multiculturalism, says Morrison. It sought “to bring a greater focus on what communities had in common as Australians”, adopting a policy that “deliberately set out to explicitly recognize the supremacy of Australian values, the primacy of the English language, respect for existing institutions and adherence to the rule of law”. [Read more…]


Arthur Calwell Memorial Lecture 2012: Chris Bowen

This is the text of the Arthur Calwell Memorial Lecture delivered by the Minister for Immigration, Chris Bowen.

Chris BowenThank you and it’s a pleasure to join you tonight to give the Arthur Calwell Memorial Lecture.

I’d like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet today and pay my respects to the elders – past and present – and thank them for their stewardship of our land over the millennia.

I would also like to acknowledge Dr Mary Elizabeth Calwell, Arthur’s daughter, who is here with us tonight. I know Mary Elizabeth herself has an abiding interest in both the past and future of the Labor Party, including her father’s legacy.

I would also like to thank my friend Maria Vamvakinou for the invitation to be here. Maria is a first class Member of Parliament. She makes unfailingly thoughtful contributions in our Caucus and in Parliament. She is a fearless advocate for her community and, in my area of responsibility, a passionate believer in multiculturalism. Best of all, I count her as a trusty counsel and a firm friend. [Read more…]


Scott Morrison Promises To Protect The “Borders Of Our Values”

Scott Morrison, the Opposition spokesman on Immigration, has delivered a major speech in which he argues that Australia “must protect the borders of our values”.

Speaking to the Federation of Ethnic Community Councils of Australia conference, Morrison said: “In our nation, we must never compromise our values, by agreeing with those who suggest that even their definition is an instrument of exclusion. We must protect the borders of our values.”

“In our nation we celebrate the values that have defined us as a nation and lived and added to by each new generation and each new wave of arrivals, making their own contribution.

“In our nation we must uphold freedom of religion, speech and thought, while ensuring our laws are never altered to provide special concessions for any one group by virtue of their religion, race, ethnicity, language or birthplace.

“In our nation we must ensure that English remains our one and only language and encourage its adoption in all corners of our community, by all ages, ethnicities and nationalities.”

Transcript of Scott Morrison’s Address to the 2011 Federation of Ethnic Community Councils of Australia conference.

“Our Nation”

A liberal perspective on immigration and social cohesion in modern Australia [Read more…]


British Prime Minister David Cameron Announces Immigration Cut

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has delivered a keynote speech on immigration.

This is the full text of Cameron’s speech.

A year ago, we were in the middle of a general election campaign. And there was one message I heard loud and clear on the doorstep: we want things to be different. People said they wanted a government that didn’t just do what was good for the headline or good for their party but good for the long term and good for our country. That’s what we’re engaged in.

Clearly, cutting public spending isn’t popular, but it’s right to bring sense to our public finances. People said they wanted a government that actually trusted them to use their own common sense. That’s the kind of government we want to be – giving neighbourhoods and individuals a whole range of new powers … scrapping so much of the bureaucracy that drove us mad.

People said they were sick of seeing those who did the right thing get punished and the wrong thing rewarded. Again, that’s what we’re acting on. In welfare we’re ending the system that took money from hard-working taxpayers and gave it to people who refused to work. These are the differences we are trying to make – listening to people, doing the hard and necessary work of changing our country for the better. [Read more…]


Howard Announces Changes To Detention Policy; Families With Children To Be Released

The Federal Government has announced changes to the immigration detention program, following negotiations with backbench Liberal members led by Petro Georgiou.

HowardThe Prime Minister, John Howard, speaking at a late-afternoon press conference, said mandatory detention will remain. “We will maintain our strong position on border protection, that is the excision of islands, the maintenance of offshore processing, and . . . the policy of turning boats around.” [Read more…]


Vanstone Announces Details Of Cornelia Rau Inquiry

Senator Amanda Vanstone, Minister for ImmigrationThe Minister for Immigration, Senator Amanda Vanstone, has announced details of an inquiry into the detention of Cornelia Rau.

The inquiry will be conducted by the former Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Palmer.

Cornelia Rau spent six months in the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre and another four months in the Baxter detention centre in South Australia. An Australian citizen, Rau suffers from mental illness. The failure of assessment and treatment of her mental condition by police and immigration authorities is at the heart of the controversy surrounding her detention. The issue of mandatory detention of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants has also been highlighted again by Rau’s experience.

Vanstone announced the inquiry at a press conference in Canberra. Facing persistent questioning from journalists, she repeatedly used the expression “with respect” when responding during the 40-minute encounter.

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This is the text of a media release from the Minister for Immigration, Senator Amanda Vanstone.

Cornelia Rau Inquiry

Minister for Immigration, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today announced details of the inquiry into the Cornelia Rau case.

The Minister said former Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Palmer AO APM, would conduct the inquiry.

‘Mr Palmer is a distinguished former Australian Federal Police Commissioner who has served over 30 years in both the State /Territory and Federal areas of policing within Australia,’ Senator Vanstone said.

‘Mr Palmer has also been Australia’s representative for Asia on Interpol’s Executive Committee.

‘I am sure all those with an interest in the Cornelia Rau case will recognise Mr Palmer’s breadth of experience within policing and the public sector and welcome him as an appropriate, independent person to conduct the inquiry.’

The Minister also released the terms of reference for the inquiry.

‘The terms of reference ensure that the inquiry will be as broad as possible, while ensuring the central issues relating to the detention of Ms Rau and interaction between Commonwealth and State agencies, particularly police and mental health providers, are considered promptly,’ the Minister said.

‘We will discuss with Mr Palmer the provision of appropriate mental health expertise to assist him in his inquiry.

‘While I understand that some in the community are suggesting the inquiry should be conducted in public, I have requested that Mr Palmer conduct his investigation privately, with his findings to be released publicly.

‘As well as protecting the privacy of Ms Rau, the nature of the inquiry will ensure the report can be completed as quickly as possible and that it is not used by those with agendas outside of the scope of this inquiry. I want to ensure that Ms Rau’s personal circumstances are not misused. Public inquiries always present that opportunity.

‘I have asked Mr Palmer to report to me by March 24, 2005.’

Terms of Reference

The Inquiry will investigate, examine and report on matters relating to the case of Cornelia Rau, including in particular the actions of DIMIA and relevant state agencies, during the period March 2004 to February 2005.

In particular the Inquiry will:

  • examine and make findings on the sequence of events that gave rise to her being held in immigration detention;
  • examine and make findings on the circumstances, actions and procedures which resulted in her remaining unidentified during the period in question;
  • examine and make findings on measures taken to deal with her medical condition and other care needs during that period;
  • examine and make findings on the systems and processes of, and co-operation between, relevant state and commonwealth agencies in relation to identification/location of missing persons and provision of mental health services; and
  • recommend any necessary systems/process improvements.

The Inquiry will need to request the support and co-operation of relevant state agencies.

The Inquiry will report by 24 March 2005.


Vanstone Holds Press Conference On Cornelia Rau Detention

The Minister for Immmigration, Senator Amanda Vanstone, has held a press conference to discuss the detention of Cornelia Rau.

Rau, a German citizen and permanent resident of Australia was detained during 2004 and 2005 under the government’s mandatory detention program. She was held at the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre and the Baxter Detention Centre.

Rau suffered mental illness. She refused to reveal her identity and was classified as a suspected illegal immigrant by the Immigration Department. [Read more…]


Australian Citizenship – Immigration Department Leaflet

This is a leaflet on citizenship issued by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs in 2004. [Read more…]