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

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

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

The 10 truths the left can never admit

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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?

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

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.