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CHRE Staff Mary Anne Kenny, Caroline Fleay and Lisa Hartley have provided a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission's 'National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014'.

The submission provides an analysis of the Enhanced Screening procedure introduced in October 2012 and since applied to Sri Lankan nationals arriving in Australia by boat. The introduction of the Enhanced Screening procedure allows for a rapid initial assessment of claims and subsequent removal of individuals where it has been determined that they do not have claims which engage Australia’s protection obligations. Full details about the procedure are not available from the Department of Immigration, the submission has been able to research and pull together some information from publicly available sources. What has been found raises concerns about the apparent lack of procedural safeguards for children who are involved in this process including as access to legal advice, independent observers and independent review.

The submission argues that if the Enhanced Screening procedure is not designed to give a fair hearing to claims, then children in danger of persecution in Sri Lanka may have their claims rejected incorrectly and be removed. That children have already been screened out and returned to Sri Lanka under this procedure is of great concern. to read full report click HRC submission.


Lisa Hartley and Caroline Fleay released a report on 18 December 2012 that elevates the voices of some of the men who endured long-term detention in Australia over the past few years. 'Released but not yet Free' explores the experiences of asylum seekers released into the community after long-term immigration detention. The men interviewed were all asylum seekers who had arrived to Australia by boat in 2010 and had been in detention between 15 - 25 months. The report's findings raise serious concerns about the long-term detention of asylum seekers, as well as the consequences of the Minister for Immigration's announcement in November 2012 regarding the reduced entitlements for those arriving from 13 August 2012.

As the first asylum seekers are sent to Nauru from Australia, the voices and experiences of those who were held on Nauru under the Howard Government must be heard. 'Repeating Despair on Nauru: The Impacts of Offshore Processing on Asylum Seekers', a paper by Caroline Fleay, highlights the despair that was generated by offshore processing on Nauru that meant years of being held indefinitely on the island for many. The paper also highlights the concerns raised by the recent transportation of asylum seekers to Nauru.

Fozdar, F. & Hartley, L.K. (2012). Refugees in Western Australia: Settlement and Integration. Report for Lotterywest funded research project, Western Australia.


Caroline Fleay and Linda Briskman released a report on the 17th of November 2011, to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship based on their visits to the Curtin Immigration Detention Centre in 2011. The Hidden Men report details a range of issues of concern that were evident during Caroline and Linda’s five visits to Curtin IDC. In particular, it highlights the extreme levels of despair among the men detained at the centre and calls for mandatory detention to be abolished and the immediate release of long-term detainees. You can read the full report by downloading the pdf here.

The Centre for Human Rights Education together with Asylum Seekers Christmas Island has made a successful submission to the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Immigration Detention Network. The document was released into the public domain on 14 September, 2011. You can read the full submission by downloading the PDF here.


In April 2010, Linda Briskman and Lucy Fiske spent two weeks on Christmas Island as part of their ongoing research on island detention and the impact of excision on the human rights of both asylum seekers and Christmas Islanders. The report is drawn from visits to detainees on all of the island’s detention sites; participation at the women's activities in the neighbourhood house; a tour of the IDC; meetings and discussions with DIAC personnel and informal discussions with other stakeholders such as detention centre employees and Christmas Island residents and officials. The report itself focuses on the practices within detention which were observed by Linda and Lucy during their visit. Michelle Dimasi provides commentary on those issues that Linda and Lucy found particularly alarming and reveals that many of these practices are simply not one-off encounters which must be addressed.

Beyond Reach Report [.pdf - 584Kb]
by Linda Briskman, Lucy Fiske and Michelle Dimasi


Submission to National Human Rights Consultation


Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration Inquiry into immigration detention in Australia. Professor Linda Briskman was also called as a witness to the Inquiry.


Centre for Human Rights Education Submission Human Rights Act WA[.pdf]

Inquiry into Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Testing) Bill 2007[.pdf]

Senate Report on the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Testing) Bill 2007 [.pdf]


Submission in relation to the DIMA Humanitarian Settlement Discussion Paper [.pdf]

Submission in relation to the DIMA Discussion Paper 'Australian Citizenship: much more than a ceremony. Consideration of the merits of introducing a formal citizenship test'.[.pdf]


Australia's 2004-2005 Humanitarian Program [.pdf]

Australian Non-government Organisations' Submission to the Committee on the Eimination of Racial Discrimination by Fiona McGaughey (CHRE Master student) at Conference:UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Geneva February 2005

Executive Summary CERD Australian NGO Executive Summary [.pdf]

Full Report CERD Australian NGO Report [.pdf]

The full text of the committee's observations

The Centre has made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Bill (No. 2) 2005. Submission authorised by Professor Jim Ife (Head - Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin), Lucy Fiske (Lecturer - Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin), and Mary Anne Kenny (Senior Lecturer of Law/Adjunct Senior Lecturer - Centre for Human Rights Education, Murdoch) Copy of the submission Senate Anti Terror Submission 2005 [.pdf]