Coronavirus means Australians are not allowed to travel overseas. Since March, only about third of the special requests to leave the country have been granted.
Australia has been tightening the border between PNG and the Torres Strait Islands in recent years, exacerbating poverty and the spread of tuberculosis in villages that depend on cross-border trade.
COVID-19 has challenged the systems we have in place for controlling our borders and shown the need to be able to adapt quickly and reimpose physical barriers and other controls when necessary.
Searching a smartphone is different from searching luggage. Our smartphones carry our innermost thoughts, intimate pictures, sensitive workplace documents and private messages.
Roman Quaedvlieg was sacked on Thursday by the governor-general on the recommendation of the government.
Australia needs to empower migrant workers to report abuse, and more effectively punish employers that do the wrong thing.
Prized species such as sea cucumbers are increasingly being poached from Australian waters. But if foreign aid can give fishing crews alternative livelihoods, the problem could ease.