Peter Mares reviews 'Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru' by Madeline Gleeson

Peter Mares reviews 'Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru' by Madeline Gleeson

Offshore: Behind The wire on Manus and Nauru

by Madeline Gleeson

NewSouth, $29.99 pb, 510 pp, 9781742234717

This month marks a grim anniversary: four years ago, in August 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard re-introduced a policy of offshore processing for asylum seekers who try to reach Australia by boat. Since then we have inflicted terrible punishments on thousands of vulnerable men, women, and children who made the mistake of seeking safety in the wrong country at the wrong time.

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Published in August 2016, no. 383
Peter Mares

Peter Mares

Peter Mares is contributing editor with the online journal Inside Story, adjunct fellow at the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University, and a moderator with the Cranlana Programme. Peter worked for twenty-five years as a broadcaster with the ABC and throughout his career he has combined journalism with public policy research, particularly on topics related to migration. He was the author of the first comprehensive analysis of Australia’s approach to refugees and asylum seekers: the award-winning book Borderline (UNSW Press, 2001 and 2002).

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