The Economics of Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy and The Tasmanian Alternative

Taskforce agrees with Tasmanian Government that it’s ready to take asylum seekers

From the ABC: Taskforce agrees with Tasmanian Government that it’s ready to take asylum seekers.

ABC North Tas on the Tasmanian Opportunity

Radio ABC Northern Tasmania’s report on the Tasmanian Opportunity, a proposal to process asylum seekers in Australia – rather than Nauru and Manus Is.

Tasmanian Opportunity Press Release

A Tasmanian opportunity for refugee processing emerged today as a baby born in detention turns one.
Read the full press release here.
Tasmania Solution for Refugees

Tasmania Opportunity Summit Media Statement

The following statement was released today from the Tasmania Opportunity statewide leaders summit; attended by over 70 Tasmanian leaders in Launceston.
Download the full media statement here:
Summit media statement

John Harrower on Mornings, ABC Hobart



Media Release for 2014 Refugee Week from Bishop John Harrower

Tasmania’s Anglican Bishop John Harrower, Alderman Damon Thomas, and the CEO of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, Ms Anna Reynolds, launched 2014 Refugee Week today, by calling for Tasmania to be seriously considered by Canberra as an alternative to offshore processing.


Read the full press release here.

The Tasmanian Alternative

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 9.46.59 amWhat if asylum seekers were processed in Tasmania?




Billions spent on Manus and Nauru better spent in Tasmania

Press Release: Anglican Bishop John Harrower and CEO of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, Ms Misha Coleman will bring attention to the billions of dollars wasted on the Abbott Government’s offshore detention facilities when they meet with state and federal politicians in Tasmania this week. Download the press release: ACRTTasmaniaPressRelease10June2014


What if we processed asylum seekers in Tasmania?


What if the $4.2 Billion Canberra plans to spend offshoring asylum seekers was spent hosting them here in community detention? Is that a practical idea or blue sky thinking? Misha Coleman EO of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce wants to make it a reality.

Taskforce EO Talks to 3CR About Asylum Seekers in Detention

3CRMisha Coleman’s 3CR interview, originally aired May 11, 2014.  Hosted by Trevor Grant.