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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.

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

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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A craven Tony Abbott's refusal to discuss human rights in Sri Lanka cheapened the Commonwealth

Tony Abbott

Ben Doherty Tony Abbott came to Sri Lanka to praise President Mahinda Rajapakse, not to bury him under the weight of human rights abuse allegations that completely dominated this Commonwealth Heads of Government...

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Tony Abbott rejects Commonwealth climate change risk fund

Tony Abbott

Ben Doherty Prime Minister Tony Abbott has rejected a proposal from the 53-nation Commonwealth to establish a new fund to help poor and island countries to combat climate change.

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Tony Abbott's boats gift to Sri Lanka comes under fire

Tony Abbott

Ben Doherty Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended giving military hardware to a country the United Nations has accused of war crimes, saying the gift of two ships to stop people smuggling will 'preserve lives...

Patrol boat diplomacy

Tony Abbott

Ben Doherty Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended giving military hardware to a country the United Nations has accused of war crimes, praising Sri Lanka as now freer and more prosperous.

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Sri Lanka to use Aussie gift boats to stop people smugglers

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Ben Doherty, Bianca Hall Australia will give Sri Lanka two patrol boats to intercept asylum seekers before they leave Sri Lankan waters.

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More Sri Lankan navy sailors suspected of people smuggling

Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo

Ben Doherty More Sri Lankan navy sailors are under suspicion of people-smuggling and face possible arrest as Prime Minister Tony Abbott praised the country for its efforts to stamp out the illegal trade in...

Tony Abbott praises Sri Lanka for addressing human rights, war crimes at CHOGM opening

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Ben Doherty Prime Minister Tony Abbott has praised Sri Lanka for its efforts to address human rights issues and allegations of war crimes at the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Asylum seekers: Sri Lankan navy officer Sanjeewa Annatugoda briefed Australian officials

Sri Lankan Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Sanjeewa Annatugoda.

Ben Doherty Alleged linchpin of Sri Lanka's biggest people-smuggling racket was a decorated officer in the Sri Lanka Navy.

Sri Lankan navy officer accused of being key player in people-smuggling racket

Sri Lankan navy officer

Ben Doherty Alleged linchpin of Sri Lanka's biggest people-smuggling racket is a decorated naval officer who briefed Australia's border protection chief and its high commissioner to Sri Lanka on how to stop...

Lee Rhiannon and Jan Logie released from Sri Lanka

Greens senator Lee Rhiannon.

Ben Doherty Australian senator Lee Rhiannon has been released from custody in Sri Lanka and allowed to leave the country.

Lee Rhiannon, Jan Logie released after being detained in Sri Lanka

12 April 2012, Journalist: Phil Thomson. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths. Portrait of Lee Rhiannon, Senator for the Greens.

Ben Doherty Australian Senator Lee Rhiannon has been released from the custody of Sri Lankan government officials and allowed to leave the country.

Four Sri Lankan Navy members arrested

Federal police are investigating people smuggling operations both here and abroad.

Ben Doherty Four members of the Sri Lankan Navy have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 100 asylum seekers to Australia.