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The Prime Minister has been anxious over the last two days to hose down talk that a government defeat on the bill could lead to an election. Rob Blakers/AAP

Morrison plays scare card on medical transfer bill

Morrison declares the amendments, based on a proposal from independent Kerryn Phelps, would leave the government powerless to stop the entry of a paedophile, rapist or murderer.
Behrouz Boochani won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature, and the Prize for Non-Fiction, at the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Amnesty International/AAP

Behrouz Boochani’s literary prize cements his status as an Australian writer

Behrouz Boochani, an asylum seeker currently detained on Manus Island, has won Australia's richest literary prize. The win commands the question, 'what makes an Australian writer?'
Migrants on a ship intercepted offshore near the Libyan town of Gohneima, east of the capital Tripoli, in July 2018. Libyan Coast Guard via AP, File

Europe’s refugee crisis explains why border walls don’t stop migration

After 1.3 million migrants from the Middle East and Africa came to Europe in 2015, many countries built fences or closed their ports. That has pushed migrants to take riskier routes into the EU.
An anti-government protester covers her face with a Venezuelan flag, and uses toothpaste around her eyes to help lessen the effect of tear gas, during clashes with security forces after a rally demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Canada’s disturbing indifference to the plight of Venezuelans

Canada has been considered a human rights champion when it comes to accepting Syrian refugees. So why is it doing next to nothing for those fleeing Venezuela?
A visualisation of a Refuge City street scene. Richard Weller/Julian Bolleter

Refuge City, a new kind of city for our times

By adapting the charter city model to create a new city on the northern coast, Australia could be the world’s great 21st-century refuge.
In a counter attack against the Coalition, which is running hard on the ALP being soft on borders, Shorten accused the government of “telling lies about Labor” and thereby “doing the dirty work of the people smugglers.” Lukas Coch/AAP

Shorten pledges $500 million for UNHCR in border protection policy

He said the $500 million would directly improve orderly regional processing and resettlement in the region and countries closer to where refugees originally come from.
There are about 30,000 refugees in Australia, and just over 200 of them have been able to study at a university. www.shutterstock.com

How people seeking asylum in Australia access higher education, and the enormous barriers they face

Federal government policies are the biggest barriers to people seeking asylum in accessing higher education in Australia.
When Labor tried to suspend standing orders in question time, Cathy McGowan, Rebekha Sharkie, Kerryn. Phelps and Julia Banks abstained. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Crossbench women give Morrison a break after week from hell

While the Liberals are losing out politically because of their low female representation and inability to properly address the problem, on the crossbench the women are now standouts (and a majority).

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