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Ben Doherty

Ben Doherty is Senior Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He was formerly South Asia Correspondent and Southeast Asia Correspondent for Fairfax, reporting from across the Asian region. He won a Walkley Award in 2013 for a series of stories on Australian links to dangerous Bangladeshi factories, and was the 2008 Young Australian Print Journalist of the Year.

India will want something in return for taking asylum seekers

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Ben Doherty India has agreed to repatriate the Indian citizens, if there are any, of the 157 Tamil asylum seekers currently in the Curtin detention centre.

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Group of 157 Tamil asylum seekers denied access to lawyers

A group of asylum seekers get on board an airplane at Cocos Island on Sunday, July 27, en route to Curtin detention centre in Western Australia.

Ben Doherty The 157 Tamil asylum seekers brought to Curtin detention centre by the Australian government have been denied access to legal advice, sparking concerns they will face interrogation from Indian...

Labor and Greens MPs condemn Gaza 'invasion'

Christine Milne in Senate on Thursday.

Ben Doherty Twenty-seven parliamentarians have publicly condemned what they have described as “the ongoing Israeli military bombardment and invasion of Gaza”.

Asylum seekers arrive on Australian soil for interviews with Indian officials

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Ben Doherty The 157 Tamil asylum seekers held at sea on a customs vessel for almost a month have arrived on the Australian mainland.

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People smugglers planning more boat trips to Australia, says analyst

More asylum seekers are likely to attempt to travel to Australia from south-east Asia, says an international analyst.

Ben Doherty People smugglers are organising for more asylum seekers to come to Australia by boat from from Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia, a regional terrorism expert has cautioned.

Asylum seekers in limbo on high seas

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Michael Gordon, Ben Doherty and Sarah Whyte More than 150 asylum seekers, including about 40 children, face living in limbo on the high seas in an Australian customs vessel for weeks, while their fate is decided in the High Court.

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High Court considers case of asylum seekers being returned to Sri Lanka

Ron Merkel QC

Michael Gordon, Ben Doherty More than 150 asylum seekers, including around 40 children, face being in limbo on the high seas for weeks in an Australian customs vessel while their fate is decided in the High Court.

High-tech solutions for 'low-tech' asylum seekers

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Ben Doherty Sri Lankan asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by the most low-tech way possible are having their fates decided by state-of-the-art technology.

Father of Tamil girl on missing asylum seeker boat waits by phone to hear from her

Ben Doherty The father of a three-year-old Tamil girl on board a missing boat of asylum seekers says he waits by the phone for her call.

Father pleads with Scott Morrison to reveal fate of his three-year-old daughter on missing boat

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Michael Gordon, Ben Doherty and Fergus Hunter The father of a three-year-old Sri Lankan girl on a missing boat of asylum seekers has pleaded to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to reveal the fate of the 153 who were on board.

53 Australian lawyers condemn return of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that 41 Sri Lankan nationals have been handed over to the custody of the Sri Lankan Navy.

Ben Doherty Australian international law experts have uniformly condemned Australia’s return of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka as a violation of international law that risks sending vulnerable people back to...

Tamils to be returned after Australia accuses Sri Lanka of torture

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Ben Doherty Australia is preparing to return more than 200 Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka, despite alleging the country is responsible for government-sponsored acts of torture, abuse and mistreatment by...

'We don't disappear' asylum seekers: Employment Minister Eric Abetz defends government

Senator Eric Abetz Leader of the Government in the Senate during Senate question time at Parliament House Canberra on Monday 17 March 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Ben Doherty Senior minister Eric Abetz has been forced to defend his government against allegations it ‘disappears people’.

Tamil Asylum seeker boat may be forced back

Asylum seekers may be forcibly returned to south Asia: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Ben Doherty, Heath Aston, Jason Koutsoukis Tamil asylum seekers believed to have been intercepted on a stricken fishing vessel off Christmas Island might be forcibly returned directly to south Asia by the Australian government.

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Coalition mum on Tamil boat

Immigration minister Scott Morrison

Heath Aston Ben Doherty Two boatloads of asylum seekers are believed to be aboard Australian vessels off Christmas Island but the Abbott government refused to confirm their existence or comment on whether they would be...

Scott Morrison goes quiet as fate of two boatloads kept a secret

Scott Morrison

Heath Aston, Ben Doherty Two boatloads of asylum seekers are believed to be aboard Australian vessels off Christmas Island but the government has refused to confirm their existence or comment on whether they will be allowed...

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Australia to question Brunei over stoning laws before trade talks

Tony Abbott greets the Sultan of Brunei.

Ben Doherty The Australian government will question Brunei over its new criminal law regime – whose punishments include limb amputation for theft and stoning to death for adultery or homosexuality –...

Australia buys up, enters Asian arms race

Joint Strike Fighter, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II banking right. For Brendan Nicholson story on $5 billion contract to Australian company to manufacture tail sections for the JSF. Company handout photo. 30 April 2008.

Ben Doherty Australia is now the seventh-largest importer of major arms in the world.

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Indonesia has 'deep concerns' about spying revelations: Julie Bishop

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Ben Doherty Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has refused to comment on revelations Australia was spying on Indonesian leaders, but conceded the northern neighbour had “deep concerns” about Australia’s espionage...

No restrictions on patrol boats gifted to Sri Lanka

Australian patrol boats.

David Wroe, Ben Doherty Australia's agreement with Sri Lanka for the handover of two patrol boats for border protection puts no restrictions on how they are used or limits on the weapons that can be fitted, Fairfax Media...

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