If the Department of Home Affairs was trying to stop detention centre visits with its new, punitive visitation procedures, then it may have worked.
The call to such action falls neither equally nor fairly, but fall it does.
Is The Australian out to get the Human Rights Commission's president because she's about to embarrass the government? The Oz 's editor doesn't think so, report Mahalia Dobson and Myriam Robin.
Serco, which provides detention centre services for the federal government, has come under fire for allowing a string of escapes. But is there an alternative to outsourcing?
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will demand that Immigration Minister Chris Bowen release up-to-date versions of Serco asylum seeker training manuals, including controversial sections on the use of force.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen called the 2009 and 2010 Serco training manual published this week by Crikey "out-dated" and "no-longer in use", yet Bowen, the Immigration Department and Serco have refused to detail how it has been changed.
A prison-style training manual produced by the company contracted to run Australia's detention centres contains explicit instructions on how to "hit" and "strike" asylum seekers.
An open letter to the Attorney-General Nicola Rox, calling on here to implement legislative change to ensue adverse ASIO security assessments can be meaningfully challenged.
There has been a dust-up in the past few months about an attempt by the Department of Immigration to force media organisations to give bureaucrats the right to edit their reports in return for access to detention centres.