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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.

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The European Commission is “spot on” for shunning offshore processing of asylum seekers, according to UNSW international refugee law expert Professor Jane McAdam.

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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.

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A book about refugee law co-authored by UNSW’s Jane McAdam is one of three UNSW titles shortlisted for the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

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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.

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Only the most courageous and vulnerable people get on rickety boats in search of safety, yet we treat them like criminals, writes Julian Burnside.

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Bandaid solutions to natural disasters and the people they displace are simply not enough. It's time to be proactive, because the cost of inaction will be much higher, writes Jane McAdam.

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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.

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Yes, the newly announced visas are prefereable to indefinite offshore detention. But this is not how humanitarian refugee protection is meant to work, write Jane McAdam and Kerry Murphy.

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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

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