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Topic: MITA
Tamil Refugee Council spokesman Aran Mylvaganam (Image: AAP /James Ross)

Disappearances, overdoses, secret deportations: the truth about border control

For Tamil asylum seekers in Australia, lives are being crushed by a system designed and built on hard-nosed bureaucratic pragmatism.

Do we need to cross all boundaries to protect our borders?

The Australian government had many other options on how to handle the Biloela family. This was surely the worst one.

A final goodbye to Abdul, the latest man to die in Australian detention

Abdul Aziz, a 23-year-old Afghan asylum seeker, died in detention. Crikey was invited by his family and friends to exclusively bear witness before his body was sent home.

MITA detainees Huyen and Isabella with journalist Rebekah Holt (Image: Rebekah Holt)

A horror week in Australian onshore detention

A young man has died. Another has attempted self-harm. A toddler, who has spent her entire life in detention, was hospitalised. Here's the day-by-day account.

Kopika, Priya and Tharunicaa. (Image: Rebekah Holt)

The road to deportation: inside the Biloela family’s 15-month detention

In March 2018, Priya and her family gained national attention after a dawn raid on their home. Yesterday, after much quiet anguish, they lost their High Court bid to avoid deportation.

Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation

Melbourne and Sydney immigration detention centres join hunger strike

Detainees in Sydney claim 300-400 people are protesting. Border Force continue to deny there is any mass hunger strike.

Biloela girls and baby in on-shore detention showing ‘behavioural disturbance’

Doctors have raised troubling concerns about the rare instance of three young girls in long-term detention.

Huyen and her baby. Image credit: Rebekah Holt.

Border Force claim baby is being ‘housed’ rather than ‘detained’

Australian Border Force has contended that a Vietnamese woman detained in Melbourne with her five-month-old baby are being "housed" in alternative accommodation, but some suggest that this is spin.

Image: Rebekah Holt.

Exclusive: concern raised for baby in Melbourne immigration detention

This five-month-old baby has spent her life in Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation. A psychiatric report submitted in June has raised mental health concerns for both mother and child.