An implementation gap means Australian courts cannot directly enforce children's rights as protected in international law.
How do the media management strategies devised in haste 15 years ago affect how asylum seekers are portrayed today?
Since retiring from politics in 2012, former Greens leader Bob Brown has continued to offer sharp perspectives on issues of national debate.
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 always sounds put upon. This week he was bleating about Guardian Australia and the ABC 'defaming' him.
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.
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’s comments reinforced historically ingrained ideas about sexual assault victims as being 'unreliable' or 'untrustworthy'.
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.
The response of Peter Dutton to the release of the Nauru abuse reports exemplifies a continued attempt to dehumanise asylum seekers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
The Australian government must face the uncomfortable truth that it is no longer possible to process or detain asylum seekers and refugees in other countries in our region.
A PNG Supreme Court judgment is likely to have profound implications for Australia’s offshore processing regime in that country.
Doctors at Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital are refusing to release a 12-month-old asylum seeker, highlighting a murky intersection of politics, ethics and law.