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Inside the Biloela family's Christmas Island detention quarters

Inside the Biloela family's Christmas Island detention quarters

Almost $27 million has been spent on the facility this year, and the Biloela family are the only people housed there. So why are the conditions so bad?

Is Scott Morrison's rhetoric stopping refugees from getting jobs?

Is Scott Morrison's rhetoric stopping refugees from getting jobs?

A secret review into refugee employment reportedly urges the prime minister to adopt a new narrative.

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.