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Direct Action the economic elephant in the room

Crikey have their say on NSW politics, asylum seeker laws and other issues of the day.

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Surprise! Fact-checking Abbott’s pre-election promises

Tony Abbott famously promised there would be “no surprises” in his new government. Freelance journalist Hari Raj goes back to the Coalition’s pre-election policy document and finds a couple of, well, surprises.

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What it was like to be an asylum seeker in 2014

This year has been the most brutal on record for asylum seekers looking for protection in Australia. Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts finds a grim litany of human rights abuses, with more to come.

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No, Clive, asylum seeker bill won’t make it easier for the most vulnerable

Yes, the newly announced visas are prefereable to indefinite offshore detention. But they are turning humanitarian visas into skilled migrant visas, write refugee law experts Jane McAdam and Kerry Murphy.

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Proving refugee status will be all but impossible under onerous new requirements

Don’t get too excited by the government’s changes to refugee law, says Joyce Chia, senior research associate at UNSW’s Centre for International Refugee Law.

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ABC cuts spawn a powerful enemy for the Coalition

Crikey readers have their day on ABC cuts, Jacqui Lambie’s defection and other issues of the day.

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Are Australia’s boat arrivals really refugees?

Crikey readers talk Julie Bishop and asylum seekers.

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‘Pretty bleak’: Australia’s closed door puts pressure on Indonesia’s own refugee policies

Stopping the boats” hasn’t stopped the flow of refugees to Indonesia — but it has stranded them there without proper resources.

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Crikey Clarifier: why did Scott Morrison cancel asylum seeker applications from Indonesia?

In an effort by the Abbott government to stop people “jumping the queue”, it has made the queue intolerable. Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov reports.

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Essential: thumbs up for an FTA with China, though voters aren’t sure why

Voters back a free trade agreement but appear confused about who will benefit, this week’s Essential Report shows, while it seems partisanship affects how people view the asylum seeker issue.

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Australia seeks NGO blessing for Cambodia refugee deal, likely to include Manus

Australia now hopes to send refugees from Manus Island to Cambodia as well as those from Nauru.

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The overwhelming moral questions facing Nauru child abuse investigator

Public servant Philip Moss has been charged with investigating claims of child abuse on Nauru. Australian Association of Social Workers president Karen Healy wonders if the government really wants to hear the answers.

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Deep in debt, can Nauru survive if Australia closes its detention centre?

Australia is set to give Nauru nearly $30 million in aid this financial year, but it won’t be enough to fix the island nation’s financial problems.

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Morrison seals refugees’ Cambodian fate — but for how many?

The Australian government will give Cambodia $40 million a year to take some of the refugees currently on Nauru. But will the deal involve five or 1000?

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Don’t touch that dial

Crikey readers have their say about digital radio, Cambodia and the definition of torture.

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Cambodia refugee deal costs soar, with moral price immeasurable

Scott Morrison’s new refugee deal with Cambodia has no cap on the number of people to be “resettled” in one of Asia’s poorest nations.

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Morrison fumes, Cambodia asylum seeker deal stalls

Australia’s plan to send refugees to Cambodia might not come to fruition, as the Cambodian government is dragging its feet.

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No way to test for septicaemia on Manus, with doctors ‘swamped’

A lack of specialist care is to blame for deaths and health crises on Manus Island, say insiders.

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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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