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Diplomats and officials from 17 countries met in Bangkok in May 2015 to discuss how to deal with the thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees. AAP/Diego Azubel

The Andaman Sea refugee crisis a year on: is the region now better prepared?

Plans for more robust architecture on forced migration need to be more advanced. Countries in our region must not rest on their laurels.
Regional leaders must continue to take concrete steps to avoid a repeat of the 2015 Andaman Sea refugee crisis. Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

The Andaman Sea refugee crisis a year on: what happened and how did the region respond?

The region is showing signs it is determined to ensure similar mass displacement crises such as that which took place in the Andaman Sea in 2015 are avoided.
In some quarters Peter Dutton’s outburst, which was quickly challenged on points of fact, will resonate politically. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Peter Dutton: a menace to multicultural Australia

If Malcolm Turnbull is returned he should tip Peter Dutton out of the immigration portfolio when he chooses his new ministry. Dutton’s Tuesday comments, when targeting the Greens’ proposal for a big increase…
Refugees try to warm themselves with a fire at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. EPA/Yannis Kolesidis

A bit of numeracy can take the heat out of the asylum debate

What a Nobel prize-winning physicist can teach us about about trying to deal with the current global crisis over asylum seekers and refugees.
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…
Peter Dutton claims the self-immolations of two refugees on Nauru are ‘not a complaint about the living conditions’ in detention. AAP/Lukas Coch

Self-immolation incidents on Nauru are acts of ‘hopeful despair’

High rates of self-harm are endemic on Nauru. And yet, the Australian government persists in seeing suicide and self-harm as the fault of refugees and their supporters.
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…

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