High-profile frontbenchers Chris Evans and Nicole Roxon have quit Julia Gillard's frontbench. After announcing an election date the Prime Minister is clearing the decks, writes Bernard Keane.
A new bill is before parliament that gives the Immigration Minister the power to deny long term international students their applications for permanent residency. Peter Mares reports.
Mrs Bao, a sickly 56 year old Chinese woman, is Australia's longest serving immigration detainee, despite criticism by the UN. Geoffrey Barker reports on how she got entangled in the tricky diplomatic relations of Australia and China.
We are still getting glimpses of the old Kevin '07, the avuncular figure who won the nation’s trust a mere three years ago. But it is a safe bet that in the weeks ahead we will see rather less of Mr Nice Guy.
Australian's Tamil community want an independent homeland in Sri Lanka. And they want respect from a federal government here that is now denying visa applications to their people.
The new changes to the skilled migration program are crushing one of Australia's biggest export industries: education. It wasn't all shonky colleges, writes Alan Kohler, international students spent a whopping A$13.7b in 2007-08.
Chris Evans' skilled migration changes are intended to send the message that the Governments will decide which skilled migrants come to this country, and the circumstances in which they come.
Australia's immoral migration system is at odds with the nation's liberal democratic values -- and yet we allow our government to get away with this cruelty.