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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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Crikey Clarifier: what authority does Australia have over the Sri Lankan boat?

More than 150 people remain on an Australian Customs boat after a last-minute injunction stopped them from being returned to Sri Lanka. Crikey intern Paul Millar explains where Australia’s sovereignty begins and ends.

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Essential: approval rises for asylum seeker policy

More than a third of Australians think the government is taking the right approach to asylum seekers, according to the latest Essential data. This is a record high — and 20% of Coalition voters still say asylum seeker policy is too soft.

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Australia has probably broken the law, but it will get away scot-free

The Australian government’s lack of concern for international refugee conventions probably won’t come back to haunt them.

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Cambodia no place for refugees — and Abbott should know it

The desperately poor, corrupt nation of Cambodia is no place for refugees. Crikey sits down with an Australian Jesuit who has made it her home to talk about what might face asylum seekers who have the misfortune of ending up there.

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Offshore detention makes no economic sense

Crikey readers talk the enormous cost of offshore detention, unemployment benefits and lack of whistleblower protection.

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Inside Manus Island: asylum seekers’ mental state ‘unravelling’ in indefinite detention

Held in offshore detention centres without hope or information about when or if they will ever be released, asylum seekers are experiencing severe psychological distress, new documents reveal. Bec Zajac, Chris Shearer, Michael Roddan and Rose Iser report.

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The boats have stopped

Crikey readers discuss the issues of the day.

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Asylum seeker lifeboats fail safety standards, says regulator

The independent maritime safety regulator has confirmed that the lifeboats used to force asylum seekers back to Indonesia fail safety standards.

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Saville’s Shout: Australia’s soul … Tsiolkas uncut … literary siblings …

Authors at the Sydney Writers’ Festival make a compelling argument that Australia has lost its moral compass. Plus other fantastic events at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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Dictionaries now on-water matters as OSB still dodging accountability

The secrecy surrounding Operation Sovereign Borders continues to extend off-water and into all manner of other areas. Crikey digs into the government’s latest answers.

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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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So much for no surprises

Crikey readers talk the Tony Tax, Laurie Oakes’ 1980 budget and the government’s new Cambodian refugee plan.

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Cambodia not a safe place for Australian refugees — or anyone else

The Australian government appears to have struck a deal with Cambodia to house 100 refugees in exchange for a massive increase in foreign aid. But Cambodia is far from a safe place to settle.

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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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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: screw you all edition

Let’s tackle the real bludgers in our society — pensioners, young people trying to get an education and asylum seekers. Screw ‘em!

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: the privileged and the bigoted

Abbott’s brought back knighthoods, which is apt given he has a very mediaeval attitude towards the climate, asylum seekers and education.

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Foreign farm subsidies hurting Aussie farmers

Crikey readers talk asylum seekers on Manus Island, the reality for Australian farmers, the gender pay gap and why Wills and Kate might be doing our air force a favour.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: death the inevitable result of our asylum seeker policy

There are plenty of horrifying accounts of individual acts of violence on Manus Island. But we need to step back from them and see what is really at fault here: policy, not people.

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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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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: Our Cate … failing vulnerable … stop the planes …

This year’s Academy Awards was a triumph for Australians, with Cate Blanchett and Catherine Martin taking home gongs. Plus our treatment of asylum seekers, girls’ homes and other shameful moral failings.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: on asylum seekers and intolerable cruelty

Our appalling treatment of asylum seekers is not only bad for them — but it is bad for us. When asylum seekers die in detention centres, we need to take a hard look at what kind of democracy we want to be.

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Our new refugee ‘dumping ground’: what Cambodia thinks of the request

Australia now wants to send asylum seekers to Cambodia. Kevin Ponniah, a freelance journalist in Phnom Penh, reports while the government is conducive there are many questioning the fairness.

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