The Brief: Seeking asylum

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recently raised the prospect of transferring asylum seekers on Nauru to New Zealand – a move that, if implemented, could signpost a change in Australia’s strict approach to refugee policy. The country’s offshore detention of asylum seekers has long been a controversial policy topic. The exact conditions within camps are unknown, and it can be difficult to discern the reality of refugee policy through the rhetoric of refugee politics. This week on The Brief, Edwina Landale hears from Marion Lê, an award-winning human rights activist who has worked on the front lines of refugee politics in Australia since the arrival of the first Vietnamese boat people in the mid-1970s. Listen here: https://aca.st/16f2e2

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The Brief: Banking Royal Commission

Australia’s Banking Royal Commission has uncovered countless stories of greed and illegal behaviour in the country’s financial sector, and has revealed a deeply ingrained corporate culture within the country’s banks. The Commission’s interim report was released on 28 September, and it poses 693 policy-related questions, chief among them “why did it happen?” and “what can be done to avoid it happening again?”

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