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Essential: Australians reject data retention, Abbott gains ground on Shorten

The latest Essential Report shows the only segment of the community that supports data retention is the one that uses IT least, and Tony Abbott records his best approval rating since April.

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Kids in detention: is Immigration malicious, or just utterly incompetent?

The Immigration Department has long known about the challenges of providing mental health services to detainees. Its failures on Christmas Island and Nauru reflect massive incompetence.

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Weasel words and rubbery figures on asylum seeker arrivals

Crikey readers discuss the Essential poll, Abbott’s boat people figures and more …

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Get Fact: were there really 50,000 boat arrivals a year under Labor?

Tony Abbott has claimed that before he “stopped the boats”, they were coming in at a rate of 50,000 a year. Is that true? David Tittensor, a research fellow to the UNESCO Chair, with Deakin’s Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, checks the claim.

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Rundle: it is time to betray Australia

Australia has crossed a moral Rubicon in its treatment of asylum seekers by returning Sri Lankans to a country where they could be tortured or even killed. It is time to turn traitor.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: asylum seeker policy not a moral question

Tony Abbott does have a moral reason for refugee cruelty. But it’s not a question of morals — it’s a simple banal evil.

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Crikey Clarifier: what authority does Australia have over the Sri Lankan boat?

More than 150 people remain on an Australian Customs boat after a last-minute injunction stopped them from being returned to Sri Lanka. Crikey intern Paul Millar explains where Australia’s sovereignty begins and ends.

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Essential: approval rises for asylum seeker policy

More than a third of Australians think the government is taking the right approach to asylum seekers, according to the latest Essential data. This is a record high — and 20% of Coalition voters still say asylum seeker policy is too soft.

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Why Howard’s book did so well

Crikey readers talk pollies’ books, government trust and why we should let the bulls run where they may.

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Australia has probably broken the law, but it will get away scot-free

The Australian government’s lack of concern for international refugee conventions probably won’t come back to haunt them.

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How racist is Australia? Pretty damn racist

Fairfax writer Mark Sawyer says Australians are not particularly racist. But stand-up comic and writer Aamer Rahman begs to differ …

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Cambodia no place for refugees — and Abbott should know it

The desperately poor, corrupt nation of Cambodia is no place for refugees. Crikey sits down with an Australian Jesuit who has made it her home to talk about what might face asylum seekers who have the misfortune of ending up there.

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Inside Manus Island: asylum seekers’ mental state ‘unravelling’ in indefinite detention

Held in offshore detention centres without hope or information about when or if they will ever be released, asylum seekers are experiencing severe psychological distress, new documents reveal. Bec Zajac, Chris Shearer, Michael Roddan and Rose Iser report.

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Inside Manus Island: sexual assault allegations rife

Documents from the Manus Island detention centre show numerous reports of asylum seekers fearful of being sexually assaulted. The Citizen journalists Michael Roddan, Chris Shearer, Rose Iser and Bec Zajac report.

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The boats have stopped

Crikey readers discuss the issues of the day.

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Inside Manus Island: expect crime, violence and deadly disease in PNG, detainees told

The Citizen journalists Rose Iser, Bec Zajac, Michael Roddan and Chris Shearer report on information being given to asylum seekers about PNG.

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Asylum seeker lifeboats fail safety standards, says regulator

The independent maritime safety regulator has confirmed that the lifeboats used to force asylum seekers back to Indonesia fail safety standards.

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Essential: Abbott plummets in voter esteem, and who influences parties?

Voters’ view of Tony Abbott has fallen alarmingly over the last month, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Cornall report does no one — and not Morrison — any credit

The report into the death of Reza Barati is only a partial one, but it reflects poorly on Scott Morrison’s efforts to spin the tragedy.

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Saville’s Shout: Australia’s soul … Tsiolkas uncut … literary siblings …

Authors at the Sydney Writers’ Festival make a compelling argument that Australia has lost its moral compass. Plus other fantastic events at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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Tips and rumours

Asylum-seeker centre severs Transfield links … who’ll head up Immigration? … eye-opening Bolt commenters …

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Operation Secretive Bureaucrats: the cover-up list

All the things the federal government says are “on-water matters” so must stay secret from the public.

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Dictionaries now on-water matters as OSB still dodging accountability

The secrecy surrounding Operation Sovereign Borders continues to extend off-water and into all manner of other areas. Crikey digs into the government’s latest answers.

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How Angus Campbell is undermining our regional relationships

Operation Sovereign Borders is now causing the very reputational damage that it purports to be protecting against.

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So much for no surprises

Crikey readers talk the Tony Tax, Laurie Oakes’ 1980 budget and the government’s new Cambodian refugee plan.

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