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Iranian Kurdish poet Behrouz Boochani, a long term detainee on Manus, wrote about the cruelty he witnessed in detention in his book, No Friend but the Mountain. Amnesty International via AAP

Cruel, and no deterrent: why Australia’s policy on asylum seekers must change

It's critical that the Australian government take a new direction in refugee policy and move beyond its tired rhetoric of deterrence as a justification for detaining refugees on Nauru and Manus.
Iranian theatre company Verbatim Theatre Group performed Manus as part of this year’s Adelaide Festival. Mohammad Sadeq Zarjouyan

In Manus, theatre delivers home truths that can’t be dodged

This verbatim drama presenting the stories of eight Iranian asylum seekers detained on their island prisons delivers uncomfortable home truths.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other Coalition MPs described Labor as weak on borders after the opposition and the crossbench voted to pass a bill allowing medical transfers from Manus and Nauru. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A refugee law expert on a week of ‘reckless’ rhetoric and a new way to process asylum seeker claims

A refugee law expert on a week of ‘reckless’ rhetoric and a new way to process asylum seeker claims. The Conversation44 MB (download)
Today on Trust Me, I'm An Expert, a refugee legal expert busts myths about how proposed medical transfer rules would work, and described some of this week's border security rhetoric as 'reckless'.
The Prime Minister has been anxious over the last two days to hose down talk that a government defeat on the bill could lead to an election. Rob Blakers/AAP

Morrison plays scare card on medical transfer bill

Morrison declares the amendments, based on a proposal from independent Kerryn Phelps, would leave the government powerless to stop the entry of a paedophile, rapist or murderer.
With the Morrison government now in minority, it is possible a bill for the transfer of asylum seekers from Nauru could pass against the government’s wishes. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Why a government would be mad to advise the refusal of royal assent to a bill passed against its will

There has been recent speculation that governments could advise royal assent not be granted if bills are passed against their wishes. Here's why this is very unlikely to happen.
This week’s fallout from Turnbull’s Indonesian excursion has undermined Morrison on foreign policy – about which he gave his first major address on Thursday – and cast doubt on his personal credibility. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Now Malcolm Turnbull is the sniper at the window

For years Turnbull had to endure the sniping of Abbott, the man he brought down. Now Turnbull is the sniper at the window, though Morrison didn't cause his fall (unless you buy the conspiracy theory).
Hanns’ arguments challenge the strong warnings from Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton about the danger of reviving the people. smuggling trade if there is any relaxation of policy. Lukas Coch/AAP

Former Home Affairs officer calls for all refugees to be brought to Australia

In a paper being sent to all federal MPs, Shaun Hanns argues that current policy is based on an unfounded belief that resettlement in Australia would lead to an out-of-control influx of boat arrivals.

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