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 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.
Crikey unpacks the ugly history behind the phrase "anchor babies", and how it relates to where Australia and the US are now.
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.
For Tamil asylum seekers in Australia, lives are being crushed by a system designed and built on hard-nosed bureaucratic pragmatism.
The Australian government had many other options on how to handle the Biloela family. This was surely the worst one.
Peter Dutton doesn't have many political tactics in his repertoire. But the one he does have he uses to devastating effect.
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.