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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.

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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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On any cogent human rights analysis, it is difficult to see how transferring asylum seeker children to Nauru or PNG would ever be in their best interests, writes Jane McAdam. 

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The Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights has found that Australia's regional processing legislation violates many of our human rights obligations. It should act as a wakeup call that we have gone too far, writes Jane McAdam.

In a week when Australians are concerned for a teenage boy in a Bali police cell, our own Parliament may enact a law that could do far worse to asylum seeker children, writes George Williams.