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How much the government has spent trying to deport the Tamil family from Biloela

How much the government has spent trying to deport the Tamil family from Biloela

From charter flights to court fees to the massive cost of holding someone in detention, the government has spent upward of $2 million trying to deport a family of asylum seekers.

Lawyers try a Hail Mary as Biloela family faces court

Lawyers try a Hail Mary as Biloela family faces court

Lawyers for Biloela's young Tamil family are trying to find a legal loophole that will allow them to pull a rabbit out of the hat.

Australian media has an asylum seeker problem

Australian media has an asylum seeker problem

Traditional media has been out of step with its audience on this issue since Tampa — and the government knows it.

Dutton adds the erroneous term 'anchor babies' to his anti-immigration arsenal

Dutton adds the erroneous term 'anchor babies' to his anti-immigration arsenal

Crikey unpacks the ugly history behind the phrase "anchor babies", and how it relates to where Australia and the US are now.

Nissen huts: an odd home for Australia's living history

Nissen huts: an odd home for Australia's living history

Nissen huts — a cheap housing innovation developed in the 20th century — may look out of place in a modern suburb, but they're a link to a colonial and refugee past not easily forgotten.

Disappearances, overdoses, secret deportations: the truth about border control

Disappearances, overdoses, secret deportations: the truth about border control

For Tamil asylum seekers in Australia, lives are being crushed by a system designed and built on hard-nosed bureaucratic pragmatism.

Prime minister, where the bloody hell are ya?

Prime minister, where the bloody hell are ya?

Compassion aside, how has this PR pro gotten the last few weeks so badly wrong?

Do we need to cross all boundaries to protect our borders?

Do we need to cross all boundaries to protect our borders?

The Australian government had many other options on how to handle the Biloela family. This was surely the worst one.

Dutton deploys his one nasty political trick against Biloela family

Dutton deploys his one nasty political trick against Biloela family

Peter Dutton doesn't have many political tactics in his repertoire. But the one he does have he uses to devastating effect.

Inside the last-minute push to save the Biloela family from deportation

Inside the last-minute push to save the Biloela family from deportation

A late night flurry of protest and advocacy at Melbourne Airport and around the country has saved a Tamil family from being deported for the time being.