Blog graphic (1)

Pro Bono Australia's Impact 25 Award

RACS’ Executive Director, Tanya Jackson-Vaughan, has been recognised as one of the most influential people in the Australian social sector. 

Ms Jackson-Vaughan took out one of the top spots in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 awards for 2016 – a list of the most influential figures in the not-for-profit sector. “I...Read More »

In solidarity: inspirational unity, courageous humanity and right to seek safety.

As refugee lawyers working at RACS we provide specialist legal assistance to people seeking asylum and refugees every day. We do so with the privilege of working at a not-for-profit community legal centre.  We work hard, we work passionately and we believe in what we do. We are the lucky...Read More »

Refugee Mothers


Refugee Mothers 

I have been moved to write this piece after noticing a unique pattern of behaviour between mothers and their children in my work at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). Regardless of the qualities that characterise the mother-child relationship, or the roles both are socialised to maintain, I have been taken in my observation of...Read More »

Manus Detention Centre Built on Constitutional Sand


Manus Detention Centre Built on Constitutional Sand

RACS solicitor discusses what’s next after the PNG Supreme Court Decision…

This week’s PNG Supreme Court case decision that the detention of people seeking asylum on Manus Island is unlawful has some interesting aspects.

The PNG Parliament’s attempt to make this type of detention legal by...Read More »

How I Feel When The Government Talks About Economic Migrants

The term “economic migrant” doesn’t make much sense. The Government have been saying for some time that people who arrive by boat and claim asylum aren’t fearful of being persecuted, they just want a better life in Australia.

Scott Morrison said: “This is always going to be a honey pot for...Read More »

Why a RACS Blog?

“A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000 word document and calls it a ‘brief’.” – Kafka

It’s difficult to argue that the world needs or wants to hear more lawyers’ opinions right now.

It’s also debatable whether the world needs or wants to hear more arguments about asylum seekers when...Read More »