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With Australia’s main political parties overwhelmingly in favour of indefinite detention for refugees with an adverse security assessment, the High Court offers the final hope for a fair go, writes George Williams.

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It is not only bad policy but also unfair for the Government to send asylum seekers to a poor country like Cambodia when it is Australia that should be honouring its responsibilities, writes Joyce Chia.

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Legal aid is a crucial element of a fair and efficient justice system founded on the rule of law – and in the case of asylum seekers, it may be the difference between life and death, writes Jane McAdam.

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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. 

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The fate of asylum seekers shouldn't be left in the hands of any one minister whose decisions can't be reviewed –that's why we need complementary protection legislation, writes Jane McAdam.

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Westfield's Frank Lowy has revealed that his family has given away more than $350 million in the past 10 years, telling a UNSW audience that “people who have a lot should give a lot”.

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The first research centre specialising in international refugee law has been launched at UNSW, with the aim of raising the quality of public policy and debate about asylum seekers and refugees.

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The international focus has been on the war in Syria and its refugees, but the impact on host countries, such as Lebanon, also demands attention, writes Anthony Billingsley. 

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The first research centre specialising in international refugee law will be launched at UNSW next week, with a keynote address by founding director, Professor Jane McAdam.

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Conclusions that asylum seekers are "illegal" and that they should come here in ''the right way'' might seem logical, but they are based on flawed premises, writes Jane McAdam. 

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