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Australia should leave Nauru alone -- we're doing more harm than good

Australia should leave Nauru alone -- we're doing more harm than good

Journalist and Pacific islands researcher Nic Maclellan argues that calls for Canberra to intervene in Nauru’s judicial crisis underplay Australia’s responsibility for the current mess.

The Rudd Solution: all maritime arrivals to be resettled in PNG

The Rudd Solution: all maritime arrivals to be resettled in PNG

The Rudd Solution on asylum seekers is a dramatic one: from now on, no one arriving by boat will ever be resettled in Australia. Will it work -- politically, or in stopping drownings?

Crikey says: Abbott had to be on his own

Crikey says: Abbott had to be on his own

We must be tough -- but this tough? Amnesty paints a depressing picture of Nauru to Crikey. A key lawyer at the Leveson inquiry tells us what has to change in the media. What to expect from next week's Doha climate talks (not much). And how Helen Garner cheated death.

Our sea of islands to pose serious policy challenges

Our sea of islands to pose serious policy challenges

The Pacific Ocean is central to our economy and culture, writesNic Maclellan, a journalist and researcher in the Pacific Islands. The Pacific Islands Found should focus attention on that.

Sticking point over new powers for asylum-seeker safety

Sticking point over new powers for asylum-seeker safety

The aftermath of a boat sinking in the early hours of Wednesday demonstrates why improving arrangements between Indonesia and Australia is urgent, writes Stuart Ranfurlie in Jakarta.

Gillard takes Pacific shopping list to regional forum

Gillard takes Pacific shopping list to regional forum

Australia is taking a substantial diplomatic shopping list to the Pacific Islands Forum, as the region is briefly catapulted into the limelight.

What's behind our national obsession around boat arrivals?

What's behind our national obsession around boat arrivals?

I have never understood the near hysteria of so many people in this country opposed to people who arrive by boat, writes Larry Schlesinger, a "privileged economic migrant" and journalist.

The moral calculus of exemplary <br>detention

The moral calculus of exemplary
detention

In proposing to detain refugees for an extended period, the new Pacific Solution comes with a great moral cost.

Pacific Solution #2 sparks humanitarian concerns

Pacific Solution #2 sparks humanitarian concerns

However much the debate over irregular boat arrivals has been refocused by the shocking loss of life at sea, it is plain that domestic politics continue to motivate the main players, write Mary Crock, Daniel Ghezelbash and Jane McAdam.