The Australian government's attempt to give unprecedented powers to the private operators of Australia's immigration detention centres looks unlikely to pass the Senate without significant change, write Gabrielle Appleby and Claire Higgins.
The Abbott government’s strategy to treat asylum seekers who arrive by boat so terribly that they give up, is no model for a pluralistic Europe that values human rights, argues Gabrielle Appleby in the New York Times.
Dubious intelligence sharing and asylum seeker deals aside, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s visit to Iran is an important step in bringing the pariah state back into the international mainstream, writes Antony Billingsley.
The High Court decision on asylum seekers detained at sea turned on a technical reading of statutory provisions. The fact remains that Australia is accountable internationally for its actions, writes Jane McAdam.
We’ve heard a lot this week about temporary protection visas – but virtually no attention has been paid to its sister bill, which makes it much harder for asylum seekers to even qualify for protection, writes Joyce Chia