Australia is taking a substantial diplomatic shopping list to the Pacific Islands Forum, as the region is briefly catapulted into the limelight.
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.
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.
There's plenty of data to judge the success of Temporary Protection Visas and the Pacific Solution when we last tried them.
What the High Court has invalidated is fundamentally the Coalition's policy: the obsession with offshore processing was entirely a creation of the Howard government ... to Labor's eternal shame, has allowed itself to be dragged along with it.
Scientific modelling reworked in the aftermath of Japan shows that Australia is at greater risk of tsunamis than previously assumed, according to several international experts on tsunamis and earthquakes.
The "race to the bottom" in our treatment of asylum seekers is littered with misinformation and untruth, writes John Menadue, a director of the Centre for Policy Development.
Julia Gillard's asylum seeker announcement today is heavy on rhetoric and light on actual new policy -- but the one announcement of substance is likely to cost taxpayers a lot.