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Both major parties are in a race to the bottom about how best to shut down Australia as a place of refuge for people who take to the sea, writes Jane McAdam. 

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If the UN thinks indefinite detention of asylum seekers on the Australian mainland is cruel, inhuman and degrading, we can only imagine what it might say about Nauru and PNG, writes Jane McAdam.

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The Coalition's plan for processing asylum seekers will be challenged in the courts and will likely fail, putting a future Coaliton governemnt back at square one on asylum policy, argues George Williams. 

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The Federal Government can remove the legal risks facing the PNG plan by amending the Migration Act and legislating in breach of the refugee convention. But this may be a step too far for Parliament, writes George Williams. 

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The Coalition's new asylum policy will degrade administrative decision-making, undermine accountability and leave refugees in a permanent state of psychological and legal limbo, write Jane McAdam and Ben Saul.

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The Foreign Minister's description of asylum seekers as economic refugees is inflammatory and part of an attempt to make the problem disappear, write Mary Crock, Michelle Foster and Jane McAdam.

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People forced to leave their homes due to climate change and natural disasters don't want to be called refugees; they want to be seen as valued migrants, moving with the respect of the international community, writes Jane McAdam

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The decision to dismantle the provision of ESL services in government schools could have permanent and irreparable damage, write Chris Davison and Michael Michell.

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Removing the mainland from the migration zone effectively shuts down Australia as an asylum country for people fleeing by boat, and is breach of faith by the Labor government, argues Jane McAdam.

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A UNSW-led soccer initiative designed to improve social cohesion for young refugees, is now part of an after-school care program.

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