Manus Island

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It is important to keep in mind all of the men caught up in Australia's abrupt withdrawal from Manus Island, writes Madeline Gleeson.

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Warnings from almost 40 years ago about the perils of detaining asylum seekers have proved prescient, writes Claire Higgins.

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The Immigration Minister's reference to 'fake refugees' stands in stark contrast to the principles for Australia’s refugee policy presented to parliament 40 years ago this week, writes Claire Higgins. 

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A new book by Madeline Gleeson reveals the reality of life for refugees on Manus Island and Nauru. 

Nauru

Both major parties support offshore processing and boat turnbacks. But public opinion is not so clear-cut. And nor are the policy choices, writes Claire Higgins.

Manus Island

This week's PNG court judgment on the illegality of Manus Island is a scathing indictment on how the Australian and PNG governments have conducted themselves since 2012, writes Madeline Gleeson.

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Without a proper refugee status determination procedure, asylum seekers are left in indefinite detention with no certainty about (or control over) their future, writes Claire Higgins.

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At a cost of A$826 million, the processing and detention of around 2,500 asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island is a scandalous waste of taxpayers' money, write Joyce Chia and Claire Higgins.

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While Australia might "contract out" the processing of asylum seekers to other countries, it cannot "contract out" its legal responsibilities towards them, writes Jane McAdam.