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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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The moral calculus of exemplary
detention

In proposing to detain refugees for an extended period, the new Pacific Solution comes with a great moral cost.

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Essential: the ‘meh’ about newspapers edition

Voters are divided over dramatic changes to Australia’s newspapers, but there’s strong support for a negotiated solution on asylum seekers.

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More sloppy thinking on asylum seekers

It is possible to deter asylum seeker boat arrivals while meeting and exceeding our humanitarian obligations. But no one has put the policy together yet.

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Gillard’s pig-headed stance on Nauru

I would have thought ordinary politeness dictated that our neighbour be briefed on what is in the Australian government’s mind.

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Onshore or offshore? That is the question

Crikey media wrap: Thanks to the High Court, Julia Gillard essentially has only two asylum seeker policy options: reinstate a Pacific Solution 2.0 with Tony Abbott’s help or abandon offshore processing altogether.

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Cost of detention? $113,000 per asylum seeker

Over the last decade we’ve spent over $100,000 detaining each and every boat arrival.

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