Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. Professor McAdam is a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a research associate at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, an associated senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, and a Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative in London, and was a non-resident Senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C. from 2012-16. She was selected as a visiting fellow at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program for 2017-18.
[The Australian Senate] bill proposes really extraordinary powers to intercept, detain and push people back at sea, and in fact, to send them to countries with which Australia may have absolutely no agreement, which really raises concerning questions about our respect for the sovereignty of other countries.
[Pacific Island leaders] see refugee as a negative term that connotes victimhood and people in need of protection by the international community. For them it signifies that they've become people who don't have any agency or aren't able to contribute.