Topic archives: stop the boats

The ‘stop the boats’ mantra was never about saving lives

June 20, 2018

Crikey readers respond to "truths" about asylum seeker policy, as well as the political logic of Clive Palmer and Brian Burston.

The 10 truths the left can never admit

June 19, 2018 72

What truths cannot be uttered on the left? Just as there are things that can never be admitted on the right, so too are there unmentionable things on the other side.

Rorting the system? Asylum seekers given ‘final departure visa E’ actually saving taxpayers millions

August 29, 2017 4

Peter Dutton tells us his recent crackdown on asylum seekers in Australia is about the costs of a rorted system -- but how do those costs compare with the detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island?

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

August 28, 2017 22

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

August 1, 2017 19

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

Tips and rumours

May 4, 2017

Memo to Abbott: we're No. 13 ... millions spent discouraging boats ... tech whiz culture warriors wanted ...

Just trust us on Manus facts, says secrecy-obsessed govt

April 24, 2017 14

Coalition senators have criticised Parliament for relying on sources other than the government for information on what happens in offshore detention.

Manus refugees have just been betrayed by the one institution that gave them hope

March 17, 2017 4

The PNG Supreme Court seemed like an ally for the asylum seekers on Manus Island when it declared the offshore detention camp illegal. But now it has determined that PNG can deport these desperate people back to the countries they fled in the first place.

Hey George Brandis, we read the Migration Act for you and can explain whether asylum seekers are ‘illegal’

February 22, 2017 21

George Brandis thinks that asylum seekers have broken the law by turning up to Australia without a visa. But since he could not name the exact law supposedly broken, an actual lawyer has gone through the Migration Act to help poor Brandis out.

What is the ‘dumb’ refugee deal with the US anyway?

February 6, 2017 5

The refugee deal with the United States is probably not going to happen, but where did the deal come from in the first place? Crikey intern Jamal Ben Haddou explains.

What Donald Trump learned from Australian border policy

January 30, 2017 9

There is something very familiar about Donald Trump's new plan to stop the planes.

Australia’s long, proud tradition of ignoring the Refugee Convention we created

November 1, 2016 39

Australia was one of the first nations to sign up to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, so why do we flout it all the time? Turns out we always have.

Of all the things we have taken from asylum seekers, the worst by far is hope

October 13, 2016 9

Jim Molan says Australians should not be embarrassed by our refugee policy. But La Trobe University emeritus professor Robert Manne feels nothing but shame.

The great immigration con: in silence, bad things flourish

October 6, 2016 10

There is a way to end offshore detention, increase Australia's economic productivity and shoulder more of our fair share of the world's refugee crisis, says GetUp's Shen Narayanasamy.

How many refugees should Australia take every year?

September 26, 2016 7

Malcolm Turnbull has increased the number of refugees to 18,750, but that is a much lower number than we can comfortably support.

Immigration spies on Facebook pages to weed out ‘false hope’ for asylum seekers

Immigration spies on Facebook pages to weed out ‘false hope’ for asylum seekers

September 20, 2016 6

These are the Facebook posts Immigration doesn't want asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru to see.

The disaster of Cambodia, the so-called hope for Australia’s refugees

August 19, 2016

The political situation in Cambodia has gone from bad to worse. You can bet no more refugees from Nauru will be choosing to relocate there.

Banality of evil: bureaucracy’s role in Nauru

August 17, 2016 4

Wilson security might have downplayed abuse on Nauru to make their stats look better.

Rundle: Don Dale, Nauru — this is who we are

August 16, 2016 18

We are not "better than" the abuses at Don Dale and Nauru. Torture and brutality are who we are.

What the rest of the world is saying about Nauru abuses

August 15, 2016 6

Australia's appalling treatment of refugees on Nauru is the talk of the world, writes John Martinkus.