DETERRING AND IMPRISONING asylum seekers is gaining popularity in the western world. Punishment by separation of children from parents now has occurred in both Australia and America historically and currently, invoking community backlash. America forthwith will follow Australia’s indefinite detention practices, even as Trump repudiates his policy on separation of children from parents. These practices contravene the Refugee Convention to which both America and Australia were signatories. Dutton emphasised the desire to be rid of this troublesome convention, saying:
“I think there is a need for like-minded countries to look at whether a convention designed decades ago is relevant today.”
Let us examine that which underpins our history of refugee conventions versus “deterrence” against refugees and their smugglers.
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