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Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes is a Visitor at the School of Demography and a Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.

Peter has over 30 years of experience in the development and implementation of Australian and international migration and refugee policies, including associated policies related to compliance, integration, citizenship and multicultural affairs.He has represented Australia extensively in international migration and humanitarian forums. Until early 2011 he was Deputy Secretary of the Policy and Program Management Group of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Prior to his activities in the migration field, he worked in a number of other Australian Government agencies. In 2011 – 12 he chaired the Australian Government’s Access and Equity Enquiry Panel. Peter was the inaugural chair of the Australian Government’s Tuition Protection Service Advisory Board in 2012-13.


Articles by Peter Hughes (5)

  • Refugee Convention roulette

    Khalid Koser's excellent speech to the Lowy Institute on 27 November made the point that the global asylum system is failing both governments and refugees. Asylum seekers are often forced to flee vast distances from their countries of origin to get protection, they are frequently forced to rely on smugglers, are exploited or killed in the process, and are caught up in mixed flows with people who are not refugees.
  • Australian jihadists: Is revoking citizenship the answer?

    One of the policy solutions being considered by the Australian Government to deal with the expected problem of returning Australian jihadists is to preclude their return to Australia, or expel them, by revoking their Australian citizenship. A recently released report from the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) recommends that the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection be given the power to revoke citizenship on national security grounds. This is not a new idea.