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Death on Manus Island: the govt is offshoring the accountability

The government lost control of the Manus Island detention centre, and people are dead and seriously injured as a result. There must be full transparency in establishing what happened on our watch there.

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Asylum seeker impasse: more regional focus needed

While it is vital to hold the government to account for its actions towards asylum seekers in Australia, a far greater impact on refugees results from our inaction in the region and beyond, writes Susan Metcalfe, author of The Pacific Solution.

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Deterrence goal locks us onto a path of cruelty

The government has no alternatives in its treatment of asylum seekers other than deterrence. It will stick to his guns no matter the public outcry over camp conditions.

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Community-based models a beacon in offshore processing

With the Senate passing legislation authorising offshore processing, there are small but significant details not outlined in the legislation, writes Caz Coleman, a member of the Ministerial Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention.

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Why the boats bill must be allowed to pass

An imperfect, two-pronged border protection policy that passed the House of Reps last night will ease human tragedy and lay the groundwork for better law. But will Greens obstinancy scupper the solution, asks Rob Burgess?

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Bowen wins ALP fight for offshore
processing

Chris Bowen has succeeded in his bid to change Labor’s national platform to allow for offshore processing of refugees after a rancour-filled debate, writes Andrew Crook.

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Greens take the agenda because no one else wants it

Offshore processing is a gigantic mistake, and until someone other than the Greens says that, Labor will continue to suffer.

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An opportunity missed.

If the Labor Government really does believe that using Nauru to process boat people would not work as a deterrent to people smugglers then why the hell didn’t it agree with Tony Abbott’s proposed legislative amendment?

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Govt flips and supports onshore
processing

Crikey media wrap: Australia will now process all asylum seekers onshore, despite both the government and Opposition supporting offshore processing for those that come by boat.

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Crook sinks House of Reps vote on Malaysia deal

The Labor Party appears to be stringing out debate on a number of relatively non-consequential bills in the House of Representatives this morning to avoid a vote on its controversial Malaysia refugee swap legislation.

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Malaysia may not be a solution, but regional negotiation is

Regardless of the Malaysia Solution, there is a significant argument for engaging with transit countries in our region that bear the burden of hosting far more asylum seekers than Australia does, writes immigration adviser Caz Coleman.

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UK Labour to tighten media … Rupert sells home …

Why the media debate doesn’t hold water, a dash of class war in today’s Front Page of the Day and other media news from around the globe.

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The stopping the boats podcast

Crikey’s Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane and Crikey editor Sophie Black discuss the Opposition’s refusal to support the government’s offshore processing amendments.

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Deadlock over Malaysia policy

Crikey media wrap: After a day of arguments over amendments to the Migration Act, the Gillard government remain at a political standstill on asylum seeker processing, with onshore processing currently the only viable refugee policy.

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The morality of offshore
processing

Determining what our moral obligations are toward asylum seekers can be confusing, because it’s not about personal morality.

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Malaysia Solution II: Gillard wins support

The ALP National Left has slammed Julia Gillard’s decision to allow immigration minister Chris Bowen carte blanche to decide the offshore processing fate of asylum seekers.

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Seeking a solution on asylum seekers

Crikey reads have their say.

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Time to re-evaluate Chinese manufacturing? PacBrands fails to deliver

At first glance, Pacific Brands’ half-year profit announcement was disastrous. But the news was even worse: results showed the company’s highly contentious move to manufacture offshore has not delivered, says James Boston.

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Where’s the employment boom?

Well so much for the booming employment market. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures out this morning show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was higher in October than it was back in January -

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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

We’re still locking kids up

Last week, Immigration Minister Chris Evans said: “It is Rudd Government policy that no child be held in an immigration detention centre”. But on Christmas Island, 84 kids are still being held in what the government calls “temporary detention”, reports David Marr.

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