Asylum Seekers

Stonewalling Morrison Suddenly Finds Voice On Eve Of Kids In Detention Inquiry

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Scott Morrison, famed for dodging media, launches a broadside on the eve of a high level inquiry into his treatment of children in detention. Max Chalmers reports. Scott Morrison has used a rare one-on-one television interview to attack the credentials of Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs, as her organisation’s National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention continues to present ... Read More »

On asylum seekers, international law can’t hold back this government

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We’re not in a linear ‘race to the bottom’, of worse and worse breaches of international law, but a major historical era defined by border panic and cruelty  Jump to comments In Australia’s immigration detention debate, each cruel new invention in the politics of deterrence is inevitably described as a new low, a lurch or shift to the right, or as government policy having hit rock ... Read More »

Human Rights Commission compels workers caring for asylum seeker children in detention centres

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Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs is using her powers to compel witnesses to appear at a hearing into children in immigration detention. Professor Triggs has been refused permission to visit Nauru to inspect conditions for asylum seekers and their children, but she has been to the centre at Christmas Island. To overcome the problem of not being allowed to ... Read More »

An open letter from a reluctant refugee

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For years I was a closet refugee in Australia, and have watched as that word took on a cruel meaning: queue jumper, liar, terrorist. We need a new way to define us refugees, writes Thu-Trang Tran. This flurry of words has been in the making for two decades. They poured as I read story after story of our Government’s ruthlessness. ... Read More »

Open letter to ‘psychotic’ Scott Morrison


Senior correspondent Barry Everingham has penned an open letter to Australia’s unhinged Immigration Minister Scott ‘the Christian’ Morrison. Minister Morrison, I have been active in reporting and commenting on politics in Australia and overseas for almost 60 years and I have seen and heard politicians of all political persuasions state their cases — some articulating them well, others in a style best ... Read More »

Sarah Hanson-Young plans to visit Curtin detention centre

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Greens senator wants to ensure asylum seekers transferred from boat in Indian Ocean are aware of their rights The Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young says she will visit Curtin detention centre in Western Australia to ensure asylum seekers transferred from the boat intercepted in the Indian Ocean are aware of their rights. “I’ll try to get to Curtin in the next ... Read More »