“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free …” How has Australia risen to Emma Lazarus’ great challenge?
This overview of the historical, social and political contexts that have shaped Australia’s recent treatment of asylum seekers offers a clear-eyed view of the many dimensions of the asylum seeker predicament, including its psychological and humanitarian consequences, and lays out an agenda for change in policy.
Sir Gustav Nossal, the Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser, Senator Lyn Allison, Phillip Adams, Professor Stuart MacIntyre, and Lindsay Tanner MP introduce the six sections. Julian Burnside QC, Dr Carmen Lawrence, Peter Mares, Pamela Curr, Michael Clyne, Linda Briskman, Derrick Silove, Michael Gordon, Arnold Zable and David Manne are among the contributors to the 20 chapters.
Yearning to Breathe Free is a passionate but informed work that is multi-faceted, thought-provoking, and ultimately hopeful.
All royalties for this book go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Foreword Professor Glyn Davis
Introduction Dean Lusher and Nick Haslam
Part I – Historical Perspectives and Background
Australia’s response to asylum seekers
Dean Lusher, Nikola Balvin, Amy Nethery, Joanne Tropea
Been there, done that?
Boats and borders: asylum seekers and elections, 1977 and 2001
Chelsea Piper Rodd
Part II – Coming to Australia
Senator Lyn Allison
Reassessing the Tampa
The ‘Pacific Solution’
Part III – Treatment of Arrived Asylum Seekers
Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser
Not in my name: the People’s Inquiry into Detention
Linda Briskman and Chris Goddard
The impact of immigration detention on the mental health of asylum seekers
Patricia Austin, Derrick Silove and Zachary Steel
Mandatory detention and brain structure and function
Christine Canty and Christopher Benjamin
The invisibles: asylum seekers holding bridging visas
Margaret Theologou and Winsome Roberts
Part IV – Resettlement in Australia
Sir Gustav Nossal
Two asylum seekers’ stories
Supporters of asylum seekers
Meaning in life and social connectedness: the experience of Sudanese young people (re)settling in Australia
Susannah Tipping, Di Bretherton and Ida Kaplan
Part V – Public Opinion about Asylum Seekers
The news media’s representation of asylum seekers
Words excusing exclusion of asylum seekers
Attitudes towards asylum seekers: the psychology of exclusion
Nick Haslam and Anne Pedersen
Part VI – The Future of Asylum Seeker Policies
Lindsay Tanner MP
Post-Palmer reform of the Immigration Department: progress and pitfalls
The need for a uniform community-based reception policy for asylum seekers in Australia
Australia’s refugee policy
Julian Burnside QC