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The lies our government is telling refugees about Cambodia

The Australian government has devised a “fact sheet” to tell refugees in Nauru what they could expect from life in Cambodia. But the fact sheet is full of lies.

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An open letter to Tony Abbott by a 13-year-old

Imogen Senior, age 13, daughter of GP and Wonky Health contributor Dr Tim Senior, is incensed at Australia’s treatment of children in immigration detention.

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Isentia Index: Easter holiday sees politicians and media check out for chocolate

Pop stars, reviews and commissions all get Australians talking.

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The Immigration way: abuse, neglect, cover-up

The Immigration Department’s response to allegations of abuse of asylum seekers is to use any means to discredit those making the allegations.

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Would you want the Immigration Minister as your legal guardian?

The Minister for Immigration is not acceptable as the legal guardian of unaccompanied children asylum seekers, writes Jenni Whelan, co-director UNSW Human Rights Clinic.

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Who is legally responsible for abuse of asylum seeker children?

It is crystal clear that Australia has breached its international obligations by treating asylum seeker children so harshly. Madeline Gleeson, research associate at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, asks: who’s responsible?

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Where to now for asylum seeker policy?

Crikey readers have their say on asylum seeker policy and other issues of the day.

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Manus disturbances a logical consequence of Labor-Liberal policy

The protests, self-harm and violence won’t stop on Manus Island - they’re a logical consequence of the way Australian policy has evolved.

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Naomi Klein on climate change, cooking the poor and the disgraceful Australia-Canada bond

Author Naomi Klein says it’s not necessarily that the Right doesn’t believe in climate change, it’s that they see economic advantage in drowning the poor.

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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 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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Saville’s Shout: cost of asylum seekers … eat fat … Angel eyes …

Listening to Scott Morrison talk up OSB is a great way to put yourself in a funereal mood. Plus, why carbs are more dangerous than fat.

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The grim prospects for pregnant asylum seekers on Nauru

Pregnant asylum seekers on Nauru live in appalling conditions without access to obstetric care. Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at James Cook University Caroline de Costa says we’re not fulfilling our duty of care.

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The highly selective artistic fury of Biennale boycotters

Sydney Biennale critics are being inconsistent in attacking Transfield while ignoring other sponsors with far worse records. Just take a look at Deutsche Bank …

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The Indian solution: how a subcontinent strategy would save lives — and money

The Manus Island and Nauru offshore detention centres are proving to be not feasible. But there is an unlikely solution: a temporary safe haven processing facility in India, writes former detention centre worker and academic Richard Curzon.

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Meet the companies that run our immigration detention camps

Australia’s offshore detention centres are run by global firms involved in everything from weapons to coal seam gas. Here’s everything you need to know about those in charge at Manus Island, Nauru and Christmas Island.

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A comedy of errors

Crikey readers talk asylum seekers, and Guy Rundle weighs in on Nauru.

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Australia should leave Nauru alone — we’re doing more harm than good

Journalist and Pacific islands researcher Nic Maclellan argues that calls for Canberra to intervene in Nauru’s judicial crisis underplay Australia’s responsibility for the current mess.

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Let’s call Nauru what it is — a political coup

Let’s not dance around the issue: there’s been an effective coup d’etat in Nauru. And the Australian government can’t help but involve itself in this outrageous abuse of presidential power.

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Tony Abbott’s fashion choices

Crikey readers talk Newstart, Tony Abbott the walking billboard and The Salvation Army.

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The Coalition’s real climate change targets

Crikey readers talk sweatshop labour, The Salvation Army and the Coalition’s climate change policies.

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Seven months on: report card on asylum seeker policy

Seven months after the government’s expert panel on asylum seekers handed down its findings, boat arrivals are increasing. Crikey checks back to see which of the panel’s recommendations have been implemented.

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Sending asylum seekers offshore harmful — and won’t stop the boats

The offshore processing of asylum seekers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea deliberately harms human beings and has no benefit other than political smoke and mirrors, argues Susan Metcalfe.

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