July 3rd, 2013
Episode 27 of 83 episodes
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. Podcast Missed out? It needn’t be so. Download the mp3 (28.4mb) or subscribe to the Fifth Estate podcast to catch up on this discussion. The Fifth Estate The Fifth Estate is indispensible live journalism – the Wheeler Centre’s series of fortnightly forums hosted by broadcaster, journalist and anthropologist Sally Warhaft. Sally’s formidable intelligence, innate curiosity and savvy interviewing style draws the best out of her subjects, resulting in surprising revelations or even breaking news – but always, a riveting exchange of ideas. 2013 events (all available via podcast on our website) have included Amanda Vanstone and Michael Wesley discussing ambassadors abroad, Alison Anderson illuminating Indigenous affairs and Christopher Kremmer and Robin Jeffrey on Incredible India. Twitter Follow the discussion on Twitter. Post with #FifthEstate.