A March 21, 2014 photograph of asylum seekers behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre.
The government's message to asylum seekers is already clear: you are not welcome, and you will not be resettled in Australia. Surely that message does not need to be any harsher.
Malcolm Turnbull sounded shrill when, with Peter Dutton, he announced new legislation on Sunday.
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The only way the Turnbull government’s announcement of its latest move against boat people makes sense is if it is the belt-and-braces part of a wider plan to resettle refugees from Nauru and Manus Island…
A relative of asylum seekers being held on Nauru cries at a press conference to launch an Amnesty International report.
It has been the absolutism embedded in Australian immigration culture of control that helps explain our hardline policy history on asylum seekers.
Children’s access to education in Nauru has declined following the acknowledgement of their refugee status.
An implementation gap means Australian courts cannot directly enforce children's rights as protected in international law.
Within weeks of the ‘Children Overboard’ claims, the Howard government enforced a media blackout of sorts on asylum seekers.
How do the media management strategies devised in haste 15 years ago affect how asylum seekers are portrayed today?
Malcolm Turnbull has announced a permanent rise in Australia’s humanitarian refugee intake to nearly 19,000.
A new policy to take refugees from Central America may be paving the way to solve the refugee problem on Manus Island and Nauru.
Malcolm Turnbull has an opportunity to show leadership on a regional refugee solution.
Turnbull can show leadership in the current talks in New York by driving an Asian regional solution to the global refugee crisis.
Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has warned against laws that violate freedom.
While the debate around Section 18C has raged, a host of other laws that impinge on freedom of speech have been quietly introduced.
Protesters in Melbourne calling for immigration detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island to close.
The Senate has set up an inquiry into the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru and Manus Island, to report by late March next year.
Since retiring from politics in 2012, former Greens leader Bob Brown has continued to offer sharp perspectives on issues of national debate.
Governments directly and indirectly control who is allowed to tell the refugees’ stories of how they are treated in offshore detention.
Successive Australian governments have dehumanised refugees and kept Australians in the dark about what really goes on in the offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
The heightened scrutiny of Australia's immigration policies in recent weeks has shone a light on the long-term problems of indefinite detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru.
Peter Dutton remains adamant that no refugees from Manus Island will be allowed to come to Australia.
Peter Dutton always sounds put upon. This week he was bleating about Guardian Australia and the ABC 'defaming' him.
People protesting offshore detention of asylum seekers interrupted Malcolm Turnbull’s speech to CEDA on Wednesday.
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.
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.
Peter Dutton dismissed many of the ‘Nauru files’, including those documenting sexual assault, as ‘false allegations in an attempt to get to Australia’.
Peter Dutton’s comments reinforced historically ingrained ideas about sexual assault victims as being 'unreliable' or 'untrustworthy'.
Only Australia uses less-developed countries to process refugee claims.
Reports of abuse on Nauru should provide a flashpoint for the Turnbull government to reassess its asylum-seeker policies before more serious harm is inflicted on Australia's international standing.
Nauru’s parliament would have been rebuilt in Queensland, but with less power.
In the 1960s, with the phosphate boom over and Nauru's economy in ruins, Australia offered to move the entire nation to Queensland's Curtis Island. But with no sovereignty on offer, the deal collapsed.
Tony Abbott initially aspired as prime minister not to get sucked into the 24-hour media round, but he quickly did.
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…
Peter Dutton suggested asylum seekers in detention on Nauru have self-harmed in order to get to Australia.
The response of Peter Dutton to the release of the Nauru abuse reports exemplifies a continued attempt to dehumanise asylum seekers.