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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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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. Mr Mori joined the Shine Lawyers social justice team in 2012 after serving almost... Read more

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 ... Read more

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. Since 2009, he has been a regular commentator on the ABC’s Drum TV and a weekly Drum columnist. He has also appear... Read more

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