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A generation of damaged people government wants to ignore

We’re creating a generation of damaged souls out of people who seek asylum. One of the bodies set up to monitor the situation has been scrapped by the Abbott government, writes physician and Doctors for Refugees member Dr Michael Glicksman.

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Serco cops a serve — but what’s the alternative?

Serco, which provides detention centre services for the federal government, has come under fire for allowing a string of escapes. But is there an alternative to outsourcing?

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‘Every day I am dying here’: how asylum seekers turn to smugglers

Journalists Andrew Dodd and Christine Horn went to Indonesia to see how people smugglers operate. In part two of their investigation, the cost and complexity of the boat journey to Australia.

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Recipe for a beat-up

Start with the headline, and work backwards. Pick a theme. In this case, riff off the idea of a game show giveaway.

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Refugee debate dominated by compromise, not core promises

The anti-mandatory detention campaign, which came from the Left, has a simple demand — that the country live up to its freely taken-on treaty obligations. Why have commentators like Robert Manne lost sight of that?

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‘It felt like an electric shock’: life inside Malaysian detention

Asylum seekers and refugees in Malaysia are often subjected to judicial canings, long periods of incarceration and arbitrary arrest, according to reports from within the country’s immigration detention system.

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Buildings set alight at Villawood, as gov tries to sell new detention centre

Immigration minister Chris Bowen is facing increasing political pressure over the government’s handling of immigration detention today, after nine buildings were burnt down last night by protesting asylum seekers at Villawood Detention Centre.

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AFP struggles to regain control of ‘violent’ Christmas Is protests

Australian Federal Police are struggling to regain control of the ongoing situation on Christmas Island, as detainees continue their week of protests by burning down accommodation tents and throwing rocks.

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Detention debt destroyed

After much debate, including a Crikey analysis of which Coalition members supported the bill, the charging of immigration detainees and asylum seekers for their mandatory detention has been scrapped.

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Couple still waiting for $262,000 detention bill to be waived

Evelyn and Masoud Shams are still waiting for the government to waive a detention debt of $264,000, reports Sophie Black.

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Rudd: master of the firm understatement

Kevin Rudd might be the volatile and temperamental man in private that some journalists have described but in public he continues to show a discipline and calmness that is admirable in a political leader. He has developed quickly into a campaigner of great skill with his delivery of firm understatements, writes Richard Farmer.

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Is immigration detention worse than prison?

Another remarkable development yesterday in the sad case of Dr Mohamed Haneef, when his legal advisers opted not to post bail. The obvious conclusion is that immigration detention is regarded as worse than prison, writes Charles Richardson.

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