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If Malcolm Turnbull panders too much to the conservatives he will alienate many ordinary centrist voters. Paul Miller/AAP

Turnbull should not be spooked by Liberal conservatives

As he struggles with the lessons of the recent past and the challenges of the immediate future, Malcolm Turnbull needs to avoid two dangers. One is being spooked by the conservatives inside and outside…
One thing Malcolm Turnbull should do in the short term if he’s forming a new ministry is find a first-rate minister to put into the health portfolio. David Moir/AAP

Turnbull remains less than pitch-perfect

Malcolm Turnbull is struggling to produce the right response in the aftermath of his election debacle. On Saturday he did not take on any blame and lashed out at Labor’s “Mediscare” tactic. On Tuesday…
In some quarters Peter Dutton’s outburst, which was quickly challenged on points of fact, will resonate politically. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Peter Dutton: a menace to multicultural Australia

If Malcolm Turnbull is returned he should tip Peter Dutton out of the immigration portfolio when he chooses his new ministry. Dutton’s Tuesday comments, when targeting the Greens proposal for a big increase…
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.

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