Author(s): Tracey Barnett
Why would a country that has never had a boatload of asylum arrivals in modern history suddenly legislate for mass detention? Treading across the refugee camps of Burma and Thailand, to Australia's detention centres and back to New Zealand, Tracey Barnett looks hard at this controversial new policy. She speaks to asylum seekers, refugees, NGO workers and migrants - people on the move and on the ground. Their lives and stories reveal a reality more complex than the political rhetoric, and one that questions how fair and ethical New Zealand really is on the world stage today.
'This eloquent and passionate work documents how we have strayed from a humane policy towards asylum seekers, following the same sad and discredited path as Australia.' Joris de Bres, Race Relations Commissioner 2002-2013
Tracey Barnett has been a contributing columnist for The New Zealand Herald, The Sunday Star Times, The Christchurch Press and The Listener, among others. She is an occasional television and radio commentator for TV3's Campbell Live, Three60, Radio Live and formerly Media 3. Her commentary work has been published in ten countries. Tracey has also written and spoken against instituting mandatory detention of asylum seekers in New Zealand and created the campaign, "We Are Better Than That". She is an advocate for pursuing an independent policy course on refugee issues from our Australian neighbours.
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