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Resisting refugee policy27with distressed and traumatised refugees. Foradvocates, there were many negative effects ofthe refugee policy: financial, emotional andinterpersonal. Regardless of the negativeexperiences, most participants saw somebeneficial outcomes. As one participant noted,‘We have made some fantastic friends, both inthe Australian community and amongst therefugees’. However, it could be argued that thesituation should not have arisen in the firstplace. If a more balanced and humanetreatment of refugees were implemented,refugee advocates would not need to getinvolved and unnecessarily suffer highpsychological distress, and this is aside fromthe trauma to the refugees themselves.To conclude, as the political situationstands at the moment, although there have beenpositive changes brought in by the RuddGovernment since the 2007 election (e.g., theabolishment of temporary protection visas; theclosing of detention centres in Nauru andManus Island), some issues are stillproblematic (e.g., the use of Christmas Island;some Australian territory remaining excisedfor the purposes of migration; the detentiondebt) and the positive changes have not beenlegislated. If more refugees arriveunauthorised, there is no guarantee thatAustralia will not end up with the samesituation again resulting in both trauma for therefugees themselves and for their advocates.The past decade has shown serious humanrights violations with respect to refugees; wedo not want a continuation of this situation. LetAustralia learn from past mistakes.ReferencesAustralian Broadcasting Corporation. (2006).If this is a Man? Men and mandatorydetention: In All in the Mind. RetrievedMarch 16, 2006 from http://www.abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/stories/2006/1496927.htmAustralian Council of Heads of Schools ofSocial Work. (2006). We’ve BoundlessPlains to Share: The First Report of thePeople’s Inquiry into Detention. Melbourne:Author.Austin, P., Silove, D., & Steel, Z. (2007). Theimpact of immigration detention on themental health of asylum seekers. In D.Lusher & N. Haslam (Eds.), Seeking asylum(pp. 100-112). Sydney: Federation Press.Betts, K. (2001). Boatpeople and public opinionin Australia. People and Place, 9(4), 34-48.Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2006). Using thematicanalysis in psychology. Qualitative Researchin Psychology, 3, 77-101.Briskman, L. & Goddard, C. (2007). Not in myname: The people’s inquiry into immigrationdetention. In D. Lusher & N. Haslam (Eds.),Seeking asylum (pp. 90-99) Sydney:Federation Press.Briskman, L., Latham, S., & Goddard, C.(2008). Human Rights Overboard: SeekingAsylum in Australia. Scribe, Melbourne.Burnside, J. (2008). Watching brief: Reflectionson human rights, law, and justice.Melbourne: Scribe.Calhoun, L. G., & Tedeschi, R. G. (1998).Beyond recovery from trauma: Implicationsfor clinical practice and research. Journal ofSocial Issues, 54, 357-372.Carver, C. S. (1997). You want to measurecoping but your protocol’s too long:Consider the Brief COPE. InternationalJournal of Behavioral Medicine, 4, 92-100.Carver, C. S., Schier, M. F., & Weintraub, J. K.(1989). Assessing coping strategies: Atheoretically based approach. Journal ofPersonality and Social Psychology, 56, 267-283.Cohen S., Kamarck, T., & Mermelstein, R.(1983). A global measure of perceived stress.Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 24,385-396.Coombs, A. (2003). Mobilising rural Australia.Griffith Review, 125-135.Corlett, D. (2005). Following Them Home: TheFate of the Returned Asylum Seekers.Melbourne: Schwartz.Crock, M., & Saul, B. & Dastyari, A. (2006).Future Seekers II: Refugees and IrregularThe Australian Community Psychologist Volume 20 No 2 December 2008

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