Almost migrants

New visa arrangements make it possible for international students to study and work in Australia for many years without necessarily being on a path to permanent residency, writes Peter Mares

28 Jul 14 | Comments (1)

Unlawful deliveries

Babies born in detention are taking the federal government to court. Meanwhile, being locked up is making their parents dangerously ill, writes Peter Mares

26 Jun 14 | Comments (0)

New ways to dud Kiwis

New Zealand has reacted to proposed changes to Australian social security law by raising discrimination concerns with Canberra, writes Peter Mares

09 Apr 14 | Comments (6)

“Every law not based on wisdom is a menace to the state”

The number of people imprisoned in the United States has fallen every year for the past three years, yet the land of the free still has a far higher incarceration rate than any other developed nation, as Peter Mares discovered on a recent visit

11 Mar 14 | Comments (0)

A view of pale hills

It’s five years since Canberra’s innovative Alexander Maconochie Centre admitted its first group of prisoners. Peter Mares visited to see if the facility is living up to its aim of being Australia’s first “human rights compliant” prison

25 Feb 14 | Comments (1)

Will the DREAM of US immigration reform become reality in 2014?

Optimism is growing, reports Peter Mares in New York, but getting the legislation through Congress will only be the first of the challenges

03 Jan 14 | Comments (0)

A “true progressive” takes on New York’s inequality problem

After serving a maximum three terms as mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg will be replaced by Democrat Bill de Blasio on New Year’s Day. As Peter Mares reports from New York, it will be a challenge for the new mayor to live up to his promise to reduce inequality and homelessness

23 Dec 13 | Comments (1)

The visa and the damage done

Will history repeat itself when the Coalition’s temporary protection visa regulations reach the Senate? Peter Mares looks at the impact of Labor’s decision in 1999

22 Nov 13 | Comments (0)