The government claims the bill is needed to make detention centres safer. But it would strip away a vital lifeline for people already 200 times more likely to self-harm than the Australian community.
There were 8,000 forced relocations in Australia's immigration detention system in a nearly two-year span. New research shows how distressing and destabilising these movements are for refugees.
An ancient practice to prevent the spread of infectious disease looks likely to make a comeback in modern-day Australia. Here's the rationale behind quarantining Australians returning from Wuhan.
The number of coronavirus cases in Australia is likely to be quite small, but there could be substantial broader effects.
Parliament will reopen in the final month of a summer of horror for the country in general and Scott Morrison in particular.
“This review…is really just a bone to Pauline Hanson. The government needs her vote in the senate,” says Michelle Grattan on the controversial appointment of Hanson as deputy chair of the committee.
Michelle Grattan discusses the government's new family law inquiry, and Australia being banned from the speaking list at the upcoming UN climate change summit.
Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie during general motions in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in 2017.
Dutton continues to insist the government could be compelled under the medevac legislation to transfer criminals, although the legislation gives the minister power to veto people on security grounds.
There is a growing sense that the British authorities would rather forget their weapons testing history.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
Morrison will make announcements around the handling of medical transfers of refugees.
He is not, however, being accompanied by Home Affairs
Minister Peter Dutton, who leads much of the campaigning on the issue.
Scott Morrison leads Bill Shorten at 48- 38 as preferred prime.
The result will be a major fillip to government MPs, who are hoping the revival of the boats issue will swing public opinion in the Coalition's direct.
This week One Nation and Brian Burston were beyond embarrassing.
Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan talk about the week in politics.
The Liberals think anything to do with “boats” is lethal for Labor.
If the government really intends to “reopen” Christmas Island in any major way, it could find itself spending a lot of money there on few if any people.
There are few options left for the asylum seekers remaining on Manus Island.
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There are about 400-600 people in the now-defunct regional processing centre refusing to move to recently built transit centres in Lorengau – but these numbers shift daily.
Giant African land snails can grow up to 15cm long.
There's a terrifying species that spreads rapidly, breeds prolifically and eats hundreds of plants. But the first research into the actual harm caused by giant African land snails found ... not much.
Red crabs migrate across Christmas Island in their thousands each year.
In the coming weeks, Parks Australia will release a 2mm wasp on Christmas Island to control the island's yellow crazy ant infestation.
Gump, who died in May, was the last known member of her species.
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Among the most haunting and evocative images of Australian wildlife are the black and white photographs of the last Thylacine, languishing alone in Hobart Zoo. It’s an extraordinary reminder of how close…
Asked to describe their situation, many children in detention drew pictures to express their feelings of hopelessness and despair.
If a visit to Christmas Island sounds like fun, think again. A remote tropical island in the Indian Ocean – billed as a birdwatcher’s paradise and a haven for snorkelling – has a dark side. It is “home…
There’s a worldwide push to outsource activities previously left to the state.
The awarding of a A$1.22 billion contract to Transfield Services to run the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres is yet another example of a government handing over responsibility to other parties…
There is only one Christmas Island Forest Skink left on Earth.
Gump has lived a cossetted life, nurtured in a cage on Christmas Island. Until last year, she had two acquaintances, but misadventure claimed them both. Now there is only Gump. She’s the last known individual…
Christmas Island is a shelter for cultural and environmental diversity.
Australia is famous for its natural beauty: the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Kakadu, the Kimberley. But what about the places almost no one goes? We asked ecologists, biologists and wildlife researchers…