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The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has begun its two-day review of Australia’s record on racial equality. Shutterstock

Australia’s record on racial equality under the microscope

Australia's track record on racial equality and tackling racism is under review – and the findings will have significant implications.
There are few options left for the asylum seekers remaining on Manus Island. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation

Three charts on: what’s going on at Manus Island

There are about 400-600 people in the now-defunct regional processing centre refusing to move to recently built transit centres in Lorengau – but these numbers shift daily.
Australia’s campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council opened it to further scrutiny of its record on such issues. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Australia’s Human Rights Council election comes with a challenge to improve its domestic record

Australia's Human Rights Council election provides an ideal opportunity for it to show leadership and commitment on issues such as refugee flows and the death penalty.
The decision reveals the striking breadth of the government’s power to deal with asylum seekers and refugees in ways that directly contravene international law. AAP/Eoin Blackwell

High Court challenge to offshore immigration detention power fails

The Australian government had and has the power to do things necessary to establish and maintain its immigration detention facility on Manus Island, despite detention violating PNG law.

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