Yearning to Breathe Free

Yearning to Breathe Free

Seeking Asylum in Australia

Edited by Dean Lusher and Nick Haslam


“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free …”
How has Australia risen to Emma Lazarus’ great challenge?

This overview of the historical, social and political contexts that have shaped Australia’s recent treatment of asylum seekers offers a clear-eyed view of the many dimensions of the asylum seeker predicament, including its psychological and humanitarian consequences, and lays out an agenda for change in policy.

Sir Gustav Nossal, the Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser, Senator Lyn Allison, Phillip Adams, Professor Stuart MacIntyre, and Lindsay Tanner MP introduce the six sections. Julian Burnside QC, Dr Carmen Lawrence, Peter Mares, Pamela Curr, Michael Clyne, Linda Briskman, Derrick Silove, Michael Gordon, Arnold Zable and David Manne are among the contributors to the 20 chapters.

Yearning to Breathe Free is a passionate but informed work that is multi-faceted, thought-provoking, and ultimately hopeful.

All royalties for this book go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.


Published 23 October 2007
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781862876569
Australian RRP $39.95
International Price $35.00