Fact sheet

Fact Check: Is Australia responsible for asylum seekers detained on Manus Island?

The president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, claims asylum seekers in the Manus Island detention centre are Australia's responsibility.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Are staff working in detention centres protected by whistleblower laws if they speak out?

Labor's Immigration spokesman Richard Marles claims whistleblower protection, which applies across the public service, also applies to workers at the Manus and Nauru detention centres.

Australia’s own border wall

Our “state of exception” combines disturbing practices, cost blowouts and chaotic administration, writes Peter Mares.

Until when? The forgotten men on Manus Island

This report paints a stark picture of a traumatised refugee population which has been hit hard by Australia’s recent healthcare and counselling service cuts, as well as continued threats to their safety.

Why Labor should break the refugee deadlock

The Opposition should swallow Scott Morrison’s bitter pill. But it also needs a longer-term plan, writes Peter Mares.

Punishment not protection: Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea

Australia has used a calculated system of neglect and cruelty to increase the hardship suffered by refugees and asylum seekers, but remains responsible for their fate and well-being. It cannot shirk its responsibility, shifting them from one detention centre to several others, in a cynical...

How to avoid a violent end to the Manus Island stand-off

The Howard Government’s resolution of a crisis on Nauru in 2005 points the way forward for dealing with the people currently held on Manus Island, writes Michael Gordon.

The cruellest option

Malcolm Turnbull could have responded in any of three ways to New Zealand’s offer to resettle refugees. Either of the two alternatives he rejected would have been more just and humane, writes Tessa Morris-Suzuki.
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What next for the refugees and failed asylum seekers on Manus Island?

After five years, the Australian government practice of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Manus Island is about to finish.

Polling - refugees

The Australia Institute surveyed 1,408 Australians about asylum seekers and refugees.