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Seeking Asylum

Asylum seekers: what do we do with them? This question has vexed politicians on all sides of parliament for the past decade or more. It’s been front and centre in Australian political debate – and few can deny that the language, logistics, and laws relating to refugees (especially those reaching Australian waters by boat) are complicated, emotive, and political.

Former defence minister Peter Reith and former Guantanamo lawyer and social justice campaigner Dan Mori join host Sally Warhaft to discuss asylum seekers: the global push-pull factors, political pressures, possible solutions and the consequences of current policies.

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Portrait of Dan Mori

Dan Mori

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Mori (Ret) is renowned for challenging the US military commission system. He is now working for Shine Lawyers in Australia to provide access to justice for those who would otherwise be forgotten.

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

Portrait of Peter Reith

Peter Reith

Peter Reith was a senior cabinet minister in the Australian government from 1996 to 2001 and then a director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development from 2003 to 2009.

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This long-running series is a mainstay of the Wheeler Centre’s programme, and of public conversation in Melbourne. Twice a month, our in-house news anchor Sally Warhaft hosts guests from the world of politics, culture, journalism and international relations to dissect pressing questions of policy, power and public affairs. It's free, it's fortnightly and it's a chance to give complex local and global issues the thoughtful discussion they deserve.

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