A six episode podcast that explores the influences and shortcomings of Australia’s offshore detention policy. Featuring prominent jurists, whistleblowers, human rights defenders, and political representatives, to unpack Australia’s offshore detention policy.
Geoffrey Robertson QC
Michael Kirby AC
Julian Burnside AO QC
Dr Nick Martin
Dr Graham Thom - Amnesty International Australia
Paul Power - Refugee Council of Australia
Professor George Newhouse - National Justice Project
Kon Karapanagiotidis - Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Jana Favero - Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Claire O’Connor SC
Andrew Wilkie MP
Dr Anne Ally MP
Anna Talbot - National Justice Project
Dr Daniel Ghezelbash - National Justice Project
Emma Hearne - National Justice Project
EPISODE SIX – A ripple effect: The National Justice Project
The National Justice Project employ strategic litigation to bring about systemic change to the lives of vulnerable groups in our society. We speak with a number of staff about Australia’s treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum.
GUESTS – Professor George Newhouse, Dr Daniel Ghezelbash, Emma Hearne and Anna Talbot
EPISODE FIVE – Be the change: The Human Rights Organisations
Our guests are at the coalface when it comes to supporting refugees and people seeking asylum. They are well placed to discuss the policies that they encounter every day. We look at the challenges and talk about how language is used to frame the issue. We hear about a report into language commissioned by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
GUESTS – Dr Graham Thom (Amnesty International Australia), Paul Power (CEO of the Refugee Council), Kon Karapanagiotidis and Jana Favero (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre).
EPISODE FOUR – First do no harm: The Whistleblower Doctor
Our guest is a respected senior doctor who was stationed on Nauru and worked for International Health and Medical Services (IHMS). We hear about what he experienced in Nauru and why he felt compelled to speak out.
GUEST – Dr Nick Martin
EPISODE THREE – Language, fear and influence: The Politicians
Our guests are not only Australian Members of Parliament, they are also experts in the fields of intelligence and radicalisation. We look at the false conflation of people seeking asylum with terrorism. We discuss security considerations and hear about alternative policies.
GUESTS – Dr Anne Ally MP and Andrew Wilkie MP
EPISODE TWO - Secrecy, wilful ignorance and the myth of the fair go: The Barristers
Our guests discuss Australia’s policy of offshore detention and consider why we are locking up people who are seeking asylum. With a razor-sharp focus on the legal, logical, procedural and political issues we consider why this position has become a part of the political playbook.
GUESTS – Claire O’Connor SC and Julian Burnside AO QC
EPISODE ONE - Free and equal in dignity and rights: The Jurists
Our guests look at the chequered historical relationship Australia has had with human rights. We consider how some of these historical factors influence today’s approach to people seeking asylum.
GUESTS – Dr Daniel Ghezelbash, Geoffrey Robertson QC and The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
I learnt how much I did not know about off shore detention and Australia’s paranoia towards refugees from this podcast.
But, I was so proud of many of the guests on this program who actually are trying to help refugees.
Even if Australians changed their attitude towards how we deal with refugees because of the disgraceful waste of money, when to help them would be much cheaper, would be a start. But better still, how good would it be if we had some aspiring leaders develop a Bill of Rights for our country?
This podcast should challenge us all. Thank you.
My favourite podcast
Women and Children First is an exquisitely made, thought provoking podcast. I would recommend to all inquisitive humanitarians.