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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.
Peter Dutton said Australia was not a party to the case and the finding did not alter its border protection policies. Lukas Coch/AAP

PNG asylum seeker judgment doesn’t bind Australia: Dutton

The Australian government says it will not allow any asylum seekers on Manus Island to come here, after PNG's Supreme Court ruled it was illegal to detain them there.
Clashes over the building of a mosque in Bendigo are a reminder of how easily strong public feelings about immigration can be exploited. AAP/Brendan McCarthy

Ideas for Australia: Bipartisanship on immigration does little to counter racism, suspicion and division

Australians need to have a broad conversation about immigration. This must go beyond border security to discuss immigration's broad functions, social impacts and the national interests it serves.
Despite its limitations, the Bali Process is the main game in town when it comes to dealing with forced migration in the Asia-Pacific. EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

The Bali Process can do a lot more to respond to forced migration in our region

There is every sign the underlying causes of forced migration – war, repression, ethnic conflict, climate change displacement and rampant human trafficking – will continue.
After The 1572 St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre many Protestants fled France for England. Francois Dubois

Refugees and riots in Shakespeare’s England

David Cameron has pledged that Britain will take 20,000 Syrian refugees – but how did Henry VIII manage those in need 500 years ago?
Students in a school run by refugees in Indonesia learn maths, English, art and science.

Refugee-run school in Indonesia a model for governments to emulate

A school set up by asylum seekers and refugees in the West Java town Cisarua, Indonesia, is a community-led initiative that Australian and Indonesian governments should model and support.

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