Background

Peter Mares


Peter Mares is an independent writer, researcher and MC.  He is contributing editor with the online magazine Inside Story and senior moderator with The Cranlana Programme, a not-for-profit foundation that promotes ethical leadership. Previously, Peter worked for 25 years as a journalist and broadcaster with the ABC, where he presented national radio programs and served as a foreign correspondent. Throughout his career, Peter has combined journalism with public policy research, particularly on migration. He has had an association with Swinburne University since 2002, where he is currently an adjunct fellow with the Centre for Urban Transitions. His writing has been published in numerous media outlets including the AgeAustralian Financial Review, Griffith Review and The Monthly and has won many awards including the 2015 Australian Migration and Settlement Journalism Excellence Award, the 2010 Migration Institute of Australia award for outstanding coverage of migration in the media and prizes in the NSW and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.


Not Quite Australian: how temporary migration is changing the nation (Text Publishing 2016)


Borderline: Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in the wake of the Tampa (UNSW Press 2001 & 2002)


Unintended Consequences of Temporary Migration to Australia’, in Unintended Consequences: the Impact of Migration Law and Policy, edited by Marianne Dickie, Dorota Gozdecka and Sudrishti Reich, ANU Press, Canberra, 2016


'Temporary Migration and its Implications for Australia',

Senate Occasional Lecture Papers on Parliament No 57, February 2012


‘Border Control in Australia’

in Immigration and the Financial Crisis edited by John Higley, John Nieuwenhuysen and Stine Neerup, Edward Elgar, London 2011

The Department of Perverse Effects, Inside Story, 16 June 2017


Surfing with Singer, Inside Story, 31 May 2017


Every town is a Bordertown, Inside Story, 14 December 2016


The consequences of dodgy migration advice, The Law Report, ABC Radio National, 26 July 2016


None of us have hearts of stone, Inside Story, 22 June 2016