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Meet the Rohingya of western Sydney, remote witnesses to a pogrom

Max Chalmers September 22, 2017 1 Comment

Since violence against their friends and family in Myanmar erupted in late August, Lakemba's Rohingya community has convulsed as loved ones disappear.

Will a visit from Pope Francis compel Aung San Suu Kyi to act?

Michael Sainsbury September 19, 2017 2 Comments

Suu Kyi needs to find a way to end her galling stasis on the Rohingya. Just maybe, Pope Francis can help her.

Government cynically seeks asylum from the judiciary when it comes to refugees

Michael Bradley August 29, 2017 22 Comments

The government's recent announcement that the few asylum seekers on Australian soil will have their support cut off seems needlessly cruel. But it is actually part of a considered plan to avoid judicial responsibility.

Why is the government kicking asylum seekers out of their homes?

Sally Whyte August 28, 2017 22 Comments

The government has announced it will stop providing welfare to asylum seekers living in Australia for medical treatment. But how many such people are there, how did they get here in the first place, and is the move really about preventing a court challenge?

Rundle: Manus Island is a catastrophe five years in the making

Guy Rundle August 1, 2017 19 Comments

Whatever our failures in other initiatives, we are world-standard in the production and calibration of cruelty and fear.

US officials: Australia was asked to reunite refugee families, US had similar concerns to UNHCR

Max Chalmers July 25, 2017 4 Comments

In interviews with Crikey, former US officials have divulged information that seems to expose either egregious double-dealing, or egregious incompetence, within Dutton's department.

Brandis and Dutton make a mockery of refugee tribunal’s ‘independence’

Greg Barns June 29, 2017 10 Comments

The issue is one of what is termed "apprehended bias", made famous during the Dyson Heydon controversy of 2015.

Brandis culls AAT Migration Tribunal, with almost 80 to be shown the door

Josh Taylor June 1, 2017 11 Comments

Attorney-General George Brandis is expected to announce a huge cull of AAT members following criticism of its immigration decisions.

How the right turned on ASIO

Josh Taylor May 31, 2017 28 Comments

All of a sudden Australia's right wing seems to have fallen out of love with our chief spy agency.

Is Dutton’s ‘fake refugees’ argument designed to undermine the Administrative Appeals Tribunal?

Josh Taylor May 22, 2017 11 Comments

Peter Dutton's criticism of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal shows the government is thinking about bypassing the tribunal for refugee reviews.