On 28 June 2012, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced that the Government had invited Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC (Ret’d), the former chief of Australia’s defence force, to lead an expert panel to provide a report on the best way forward for Australia to prevent asylum seekers risking their lives on dangerous boat journeys to Australia.
The expert panel also included Mr Paris Aristotle AM, the Director of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc (also known as Foundation House) and Professor Michael L'Estrange AO, the Director of the National Security College at the Australian National University.
The Report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers was released on 13 August 2012.
Report by Section
Foreword - [PDF 58KB]
Overview : The Approach Underpinning this Report - [PDF 52KB]
Summary of Recommendations - [PDF 65KB]
Chapter 3: An Australian Policy Agenda - [PDF 195KB]
Attachment 1: The global and regional context - [PDF 293KB]
Attachment 2: People smuggling and Australia - [PDF 572KB]
Attachment 8: Approaches to managing IMAs to Australia - [PDF 107KB]
Attachment 12: Parties consulted - [PDF 67KB]
Attachment 13: Submissions received - [PDF 70KB]