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immigration February 16, 2019

Life in Chicago for former Manus detainee

In the six months since the author, a Rohingya refugee and Manus Island detainee, began his new life in Chicago, he has been studying hard and relishing his freedom. He has also remained committed to giving hope to those still trapped in offshore detention.

politics February 16, 2019

Doubts over Huang ban and foreign influence

The government’s revoking of Huang Xiangmo’s Australian residency has been presented as a tough act against foreign influence, but may have set a precedent endangering thousands of Chinese Australians.

resources February 16, 2019

Matt Canavan hijacks native title fight on Adani

While Resources Minister Matt Canavan insists Adani has the full support of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, the legitimacy of a land agreement with the mining giant is the subject of a Federal Court appeal.

politics February 16, 2019

Inside the franking credits debate

As a Tim Wilson-led inquiry stirs up discontent over Labor’s proposed changes to franking credits, different groups are invested in the policy proposal for different reasons.

immigration February 16, 2019

The defeat Morrison hopes will save him

The opposition’s security briefing on the implications of the so-called medivac bill early this week confirmed the one thing Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his senior colleagues feared: as drafted, it could be a direct incentive for people to...

politics February 9, 2019

Alex Bhathal and discord in the Greens

The resignation of Greens stalwart Alex Bhathal has again shone a spotlight on the party’s infighting and dysfunction.

asia pacific February 9, 2019

War in West Papua

West Papuan rebels have declared their province a war zone and appealed to the United Nations for assistance, as they vow to violently resist Indonesian rule until independence talks are entered into.

immigration February 9, 2019

Phelps fight reveals govt’s Nauru deceit

As the last children are transferred off Nauru, the government is claiming compassion. But its attempts to kill off Kerryn Phelps’ medical transfer bill set the scene for an ugly fight in parliament next week.

law & crime February 9, 2019

Hayne’s ‘disinfectant’ sees banks’ share prices rise

In the wake of the Hayne royal commission, the big banks’ share prices rose, raising questions of how much the culture of greed is threatened by its recommendations.

environment February 2, 2019

‘Gross negligence’ on Murray-Darling

Murray-Darling Basin royal commissioner Bret Walker, SC, has savaged successive governments and found the basin’s management authority is ‘unwilling or incapable of acting lawfully’.

immigration February 2, 2019

Risks to foreign students on campus

The rape and murder of Aya Maasarwe near her La Trobe University accommodation shocked the world. But absent from the headlines was acknowledgement of the increasing prevalence of sexual assaults on international students.