Bans, boats, and the language of borders

by Carys Goodwin

In April 2017, Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton became embroiled in yet another controversy regarding Australia’s offshore detention centres. This scandal involved reports of a shooting – an altercation between local soldiers and detainees on Manus Island that Dutton asserted was linked to asylum seekers bringing a five year old boy into the detention centre. In the fourth part of our symposium on migration, Carys Goodwin examines what the incident tells us about the politics of asylum in Australia.

New Zealand’s election: Is there life after John Key?

by Carys Goodwin

For New Zealand politics, the biggest earthquake of 2016 wasn’t Brexit or Donald Trump, or even the colossal 7.8 that hit Kaikōura in November – it was the resignation of our Prime Minister, John Key. His departure has transformed the landscape of the election campaign, which his successor, Bill English, has decided will culminate on 23 September (strategically situated on a Saturday that won’t conflict with an All Blacks rugby match). The last New Zealand general election in 2014 flew by under-the-radar in international terms. We’re a small, distant country, with 4.5 million people, and what most people understand about us is either Lorde or Lord of the Rings. Yet as in other countries, election year is when all the absurdities bubble to the surface.