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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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‘Sleeves rolled up’: providing Salvation not activism to asylum seekers

The Salvation Army has been criticised for working for the government in Nauru. Salvation Army Major Paul Moulds says helping people is about what you do on the ground — not just about placard-waving.

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Waiting for Salvation in a Nauru detention centre

The Salvos have come to epitomise organisational generosity. So why has it chosen to provide legitimacy to the government’s asylum seeker policies, asks former diplomat Bruce Haigh?

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Crikey clarifier: does Australia’s refugee policy breach UN rules?

Australia’s policy on asylum seekers has been strongly criticised — but does it actually breach the UN’s Refugee Convention? Crikey intern Rose Moloney investigates.

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No photos, please: Nauru ‘unlike anything ever seen in Australia’

Amnesty International inspectors became the first independent assessors to visit the Nauru immigration camp this week, describing the conditions in vivid details for Crikey.

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The ‘excision’ that isn’t, and why it’s good policy

The government’s bill for the so-called “excision” of Australia is sound policy if we’re serious about stopping boat arrivals. Criticism of the move is sharply misguided.

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No advantage? Nobody knows what that means

It’s the cornerstone of the expert panel report and Australia’s new asylum seeker policy, but the government still hasn’t decided what a “no advantage” principle means.

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Debating anniversary journalism

Crikey readers have their say.

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Fly-in-fly-out psychiatric services for Nauru detention

The company that will manage health services, including mental health services, for detainees on Nauru is at the centre of criticisms that detainee mental health problems have been poorly handled.

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‘We don’t want to go to NARUE’: asylum seekers’ plea letter

A group of Hazara asylum seekers expected to be among the first sent to Nauru for offshore processing has written an open letter pleading for the government not to deport them.

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