The government gave its navy patrol boats a... conveniently timed holiday. In a news-packed week, here are the stories you may have missed.
Crikey readers respond to "truths" about asylum seeker policy, as well as the political logic of Clive Palmer and Brian Burston.
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.
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?
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?
Whatever our failures in other initiatives, we are world-standard in the production and calibration of cruelty and fear.
Coalition senators have criticised Parliament for relying on sources other than the government for information on what happens in offshore detention.
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.
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.