Grapevine: Fiona Chong Helps Us Break Down Australian Border Policy Wrongs
Dylan Bird asks lawyer and co-author Fiona Chong about her new book with Professor Jane McAdam: Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs. This direct and accessible new book captures how dramatic legislative changes in 2014 removed references to the Refugee Convention and led to Australia’s departure from generations of accepted human rights frameworks and international obligations.
Dylan asks Fiona about the importance of myth-making in the public consciousness, seemingly now at odds with the historical development of norms for how we treat people seeking asylum and fleeing dangerous places.
Fiona argues with clarity and passion that Australia is still a signatory to the Refugee Convention, and that the lack of justice for refugees missing out on those protections since 2014 can be addressed with policy alternatives more in line with our values.