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Episode 7: Does Australia’s asylum seeker policy actually work?

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Australia’s harsh asylum seeker policy has two clear objectives: To punish those who arrived by boat and to act as a deterrent for those considering coming to Australia by boat. 
With Operation Sovereign borders, the Australian government launched an outright war on asylum seekers back in 2013 - condemning those seeking safety to mandatory detention and temporary protection. And now, all these years after the policies were implemented, we need to ask, have they actually worked? 


The voices in Temporary come alive in longform journalism – vividly illustrated by photographers and artists who themselves are refugees and people seeking asylum – on a series hub produced by UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

Temporary is hosted by Sisonke Msimang, and produced by Kara Jensen-Mackinnon and Miles Herbert, with editorial support from Lauren Martin and Miles Martignoni. Original music composed by Lama Zakharia, mixed and mastered by Ryan Pemberton, with series artwork by Matt Huynh. Temporary is a project from the UNSW Centre for Ideas and Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law co-produced with Guardian Australia, inspired by the book Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs by Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong. Episode illustration by Leila.

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