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.
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.
The Prime Minister is right to point out that the slowing Chinese economy is to blame for Australia's downturn. But his "end of the China boom" slogan only tells half the story, writes Geoffrey Garrett.