Fact sheets and information on the Australian government’s refugee policies
People smuggling (updated July 2013)
Successive Australian governments have used people smuggling to attempt to criminalise asylum seekers themselves. People associate people smuggling with illegal activity, when it is not illegal to claim asylum at all.
Asylum seeker deaths at sea (updated July 2013)
The Labor Government has tried to claim the humanitarian high ground, saying that its efforts to “stop the boats” are designed to stop asylum seekers making dangerous boat journeys and avoid deaths at sea. They are nothing of the sort.
Why Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are not safe
The government is currently trying to deport asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, these fact sheets explains why Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are not safe, especially for persecuted groups like the Tamils and Hazaras
Why do some asylum seekers destroy their passports?
People often ask why asylum seekers don’t have passports or other identity documents when they arrive. This fact sheet explains why many legitimate refugees are forced to do so.
Asylum seeker statistics
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (Melbourne) has up to date statistics on numbers of asylum seekers in Australia, numbers in detention, cost of detention and self-harm statistics
The “Malaysian solution”, May 2011 (Refugee Action Coalition)
Ten myths about Australia’s plan to swap refugees with Malaysia (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)
Australia’s legal obligations to refugees, February 2011 (Refugee Action Coalition)
Includes information on offshore processing and the implications of the last year’s High Court decision on its legality
Myths about the differences between judicial review, merits review, procedural fairness and natural justice in refugee law
Debunking the myths on refugees, August 2010 (Refugee Action Coalition)
Statistics on number of boat arrivals
Visa freeze fact sheet, April 2010 (Refugee Action Coalition)
Indonesian solution fact sheet, December 2009 (Refugee Action Coalition)
RAC Victoria fact sheets
Fact sheet on the Siev X tragedy, 19 October 2001, when 353 asylum seekers drowned (prepared by RAC Canberra)
Asylum seeker Resource Centre fact sheets
Edmund Rice Centre fact sheets