Five Questions: On six years of Australia’s offshore processing policy: Kaldor Centre

Over recent years, Australia has adopted a radically harsh approach to people who travel by boat to seek refugee status, including detaining them on the tiny Pacific islands of Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. In July 2013, Australia took its hardline approach one step further. We asked Kaldor Centre Senior Research Associate Madeline Gleeson, a lawyerand author of the award-winning Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru (UNSW Press), to step us through the six years of legal changes that have had such life-changing consequences.