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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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Manus Island a mental health emergency that could scar a generation

We have a duty of care to those under Australian jurisdiction to provide adequate mental health services — and on Manus Island, that duty of care is not being met, writes Minto Felix.

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How did we get here? A Manus Island timeline

From Howard government brainwave to violence, self-harm and hunger strikes, Crikey intern Rochelle Brown reviews the troubled history of Manus Island.

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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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Manus hunger strikers ‘a recipe for disaster’: doctor

A Sydney doctor and refugee advocate says the hunger-striking asylum seekers on Manus Island are not receiving proper medical care — and the results could be deadly.

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What it was like to be an asylum seeker in 2014

This year has been the most brutal on record for asylum seekers looking for protection in Australia. Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts finds a grim litany of human rights abuses, with more to come.

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No, Clive, asylum seeker bill won’t make it easier for the most vulnerable

Yes, the newly announced visas are prefereable to indefinite offshore detention. But they are turning humanitarian visas into skilled migrant visas, write refugee law experts Jane McAdam and Kerry Murphy.

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Proving refugee status will be all but impossible under onerous new requirements

Don’t get too excited by the government’s changes to refugee law, says Joyce Chia, senior research associate at UNSW’s Centre for International Refugee Law.

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Are Australia’s boat arrivals really refugees?

Crikey readers talk Julie Bishop and asylum seekers.

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‘Pretty bleak’: Australia’s closed door puts pressure on Indonesia’s own refugee policies

Stopping the boats” hasn’t stopped the flow of refugees to Indonesia — but it has stranded them there without proper resources.

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Finally, we are addressing ABC bias

Crikey readers talk the ABC, people smugglers and why Tassie should host its own G21.

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Crikey Clarifier: why did Scott Morrison cancel asylum seeker applications from Indonesia?

In an effort by the Abbott government to stop people “jumping the queue”, it has made the queue intolerable. Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov reports.

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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 seals refugees’ Cambodian fate — but for how many?

The Australian government will give Cambodia $40 million a year to take some of the refugees currently on Nauru. But will the deal involve five or 1000?

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Don’t touch that dial

Crikey readers have their say about digital radio, Cambodia and the definition of torture.

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Cambodia refugee deal costs soar, with moral price immeasurable

Scott Morrison’s new refugee deal with Cambodia has no cap on the number of people to be “resettled” in one of Asia’s poorest nations.

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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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Tips and rumours

Adele Ferguson and The Oz … Dispatches from Korea … Murdoch’s opinions on page three girls …

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No way to test for septicaemia on Manus, with doctors ‘swamped’

A lack of specialist care is to blame for deaths and health crises on Manus Island, say insiders.

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Get Fact: were there really 50,000 boat arrivals a year under Labor?

Tony Abbott has claimed that before he “stopped the boats”, they were coming in at a rate of 50,000 a year. Is that true? David Tittensor, a research fellow to the UNESCO Chair, with Deakin’s Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, checks the claim.

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Rundle: it is time to betray Australia

Australia has crossed a moral Rubicon in its treatment of asylum seekers by returning Sri Lankans to a country where they could be tortured or even killed. It is time to turn traitor.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: asylum seeker policy not a moral question

Tony Abbott does have a moral reason for refugee cruelty. But it’s not a question of morals — it’s a simple banal evil.

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