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.
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.
The University of Canberra's acting vice-chancellor Frances Shannon and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
How likely is it that the Turnbull government, with its tiny majority, will make seriously hard decisions?
For the more modest aim of delivering steady, competent government – well, it's no wonder Malcolm Turnbull is raging.
What are Australia’s international obligations in relation to its offshore processing centres?
Leaked incident reports from the Nauru detention centre affirm what has been known for a long time: detention is no place for children, and we need alternatives to offshore processing.
How does Peter Singer’s figure of 750 million fit within the range of estimates on ‘climate change refugees’?
Ethicist Peter Singer told Q&A that climate change-related sea level rises are "estimated to cause something like 750 million refugees just moving away from that flooding". Is that accurate?
Thousands rally at Sydney Town Hall to protest against the High Court’s decision regarding 267 refugees facing deportation in February.
Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru routinely face neglect by Australian-hired health workers and frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans, according to an investigation.
Photos of beaming young asylum-seekers with their families aboard HMAS Adelaide in October 2001 told a completely different story to the government’s spurious ‘children overboard’ claims.
Courtesy Project SafeCom, Jack H Smit.
Images move us to act – as last week's episode of Four Corners has shown. Our government has gone to great lengths to suppress photos that humanise asylum seekers – but when they seep out, empathy is aroused.
May: clampdown on immigrants on her beat.
Oli Scarff / PA Archive
A crackdown on immigrants without leave to remain is hitting home.
The government’s first priority should be to improve conditions in offshore detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
The key challenge for the returned Turnbull government is to formulate policies that present Australia as a good global citizen willing to take its fair share of refugees.
Although Malcolm Turnbull has been returned to office, he faces considerable challenges.
How did the Coalition go from a resounding victory in 2013 to the edge of electoral defeat?
Three more years for Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition.
What's in store for key policy areas, from health to education to infrastructure to asylum seekers, under a returned Coalition government?
After days of waiting, Malcolm Turnbull will form a government.
What did the Coalition promise during the campaign in 11 key policy areas, from health to infrastructure to jobs?