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People protesting offshore detention of asylum seekers interrupted Malcolm Turnbull’s speech to CEDA on Wednesday. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Manus Island centre set to close – but where to for the detainees?

It has taken more than three months for the Australian and PNG governments to jointly announce the Manus Island detention centre will close. But the detainees’ fate is now even more uncertain.
Agnes Prest from the Whistleblowers Activists and Citizens Alliance interrupts Malcolm Turnbull’s economic address. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Turnbull demands answers on protest over asylum seekers

An angry Malcolm Turnbull has asked CEDA for a 'please explain' and the Australian Federal Police for a full incident report about the protest over Nauru and Manus Island.
Tony Abbott initially aspired as prime minister not to get sucked into the 24-hour media round, but he quickly did. AAP/Jason Edwards

If Abbott hadn’t been hyper-partisan on Malaysia people swap, Turnbull mightn’t have a Nauru problem

The Sunday Telegraph reported at the weekend that Malcolm Turnbull had visited only seven electorates since the July 2 poll, and contrasted his “hermit-style approach” with Bill Shorten’s “never-ending…
A Galaxy poll published in the Sunday Telegraph suggested Bill Shorten would have been elected with a large majority if up against Tony Abbott. Tony Abbott/Facebook

Abbott would have lost ‘resoundingly’: Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has said that if he had not become leader, the Coalition would have lost this election 'very resoundingly' under Tony Abbott.
There is an unwavering, untested, bipartisan assertion on asylum seekers: no-one will be resettled in Australia, as that will encourage people smugglers. AAP/Eoin Blackwell

Resettling refugees in Australia would not resume the people-smuggling trade

History suggests that resettling refugees on Nauru and Manus Island in Australia and New Zealand will not enliven people smuggling between Indonesia and Christmas Island.
Australia’s arrangements with Papua New Guinea and Nauru have not secured sustainable, durable solutions for those asylum seekers found to be refugees. AAP/Eoin Blackwell

Changing the conversation can lead to a better way on asylum seekers

Both major parties support offshore processing and boat turnbacks. But public opinion on asylum seekers is not so clear-cut. And nor are the policy alternatives.
Detainees on Manus Island are seeking an injunction to prevent their removal to Nauru or elsewhere until Australia’s High Court hears their case. AAP/Eoin Blackwell

High Court asked to declare Manus detention illegal as 859 detainees seek their day in court

If a new High Court claim against Australia's offshore detention regime succeeds, it will entirely undermine Australia’s inhumane practices in relation to “those who come across the seas”.
In parliament on Wednesday, the Greens’ Adam Bandt challenged Peter Dutton with a highly provocative question. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Nothing seems able to make Nauru asylum seekers an issue

It is hard to credit that two asylum seekers in Nauru could set themselves alight on Australia’s watch and the stories receive, compared to much else, so little attention in our hyper media cycle. One…
AAP/Eoin Blackwell

Political geography 101

Geography matters. Whether countries are rich or poor or safe or vulnerable still has more to do with physical geography than we usually acknowledge. Even in age that is routinely described as “global…
Malcolm Turnbull greeting builders a site near Brisbane on Wednesday, where he launched a pilot scheme to get more women into construction. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Shades of Abbott as Turnbull government attacks on climate, digs in on asylum seekers

Malcolm Turnbull’s nose was out of joint when Tony Abbott said last month the Turnbull government would be running at the election on the Abbott government’s record. Turnbull insisted that while there…
Peter Dutton said Australia was not a party to the case and the finding did not alter its border protection policies. Lukas Coch/AAP

PNG asylum seeker judgment doesn’t bind Australia: Dutton

The Australian government says it will not allow any asylum seekers on Manus Island to come here, after PNG's Supreme Court ruled it was illegal to detain them there.

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