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Asylum seeker children 'will wait two months' for counselling

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young:

Jane Lee Can the Australian government legally hold people on a ship while organising to take them somewhere else?

Fresh legal challenge as boat people come ashore

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Matthew Knott Lawyers representing more than 150 Tamil asylum seekers say they will use a High Court hearing to try to quash any attempts to return them to India.

Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee under fire for signing cricket bats

Lucy Cormack Glenn McGrath has responded to a barrage of social media criticism after he and Brett Lee were dragged into a row over a deal the government made with India over 157 asylum seekers.

Tamils secretly flown to Nauru had only recently arrived in India: lawyers

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Kirsty Needham Tamil asylum seekers sent to Nauru by the Australian government had only recently arrived in India and had no work, schooling or residency rights there, lawyers claim.

Fate of group held on ship back before court

Sarah Whyte The High Court challenge on behalf of more than 150 asylum seekers being held on an Australian customs ship on the high seas will resume on Friday.

Asylum seekers in limbo on high seas

High Court

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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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 and 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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That's a bit rich: PM's growing army of spin doctors

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Sarah Whyte The Abbott government has created a hub of 37 communication and social media specialists to monitor social media and offer strategic communications advice costing taxpayers almost $4.3 million a year.

Customs chief's brother who lied to inquiry avoids criminal conviction

Nick Ralston Brother of Australia's Customs boss escapes criminal conviction after he confessed to lying to an inquiry investigating corruption at Sydney airport.

Smoke, mirrors and ciggy packs

Cigarette packaging

Rachel Kleinman Almost a year after they came into effect, have Australia's tough new tobacco packaging laws had an impact on smoking rates?

Jakarta sparks boat standoff

HMAS Ballarat.

Michael Bachelard, Natalie O'Brien and David Wroe Indonesia has declared it will refuse to take back asylum seekers rescued by Australian ships unless there is a threat to their lives, as a standoff between the countries continued off Java on Friday...

40 asylum seekers rescued after patrol boat damages fishing vessel under tow

Australian Customs and Dept of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) process another boatload of asylum seekers after their arrival at Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island.
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The Sydney Morning Herald

David Wroe An Australian Customs patrol boat had to rescue about 40 asylum seekers at the weekend after accidentally ripping the bow of the boat away and causing it to start sinking, Fairfax Media has learnt.

When the Wolf got caught: how an accidental phone call helped bring down Oliver Ortiz

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Nick McKenzie From the sky, the Friday freedom was just one of dozens of dots moving across a vast expanse of blue.

First asylum boat for new year

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Adam Carey The Australian navy has reportedly intercepted a boat filled with asylum seekers in waters north of the Northern Territory coastline.

Activitists on tail of fleeing Japanese whaling ship

MINKES AWAIT PROCESSING ON JAPANESE FACTORY SHIP NISSHIN MARU.

Andrew Darby Activist ships were clinging grimly to the wake of the Japanese factory ship, Nisshin Maru, after it was caught butchering minke whales in the Antarctic.

Anger grows in Indonesia as video emerges of Australian Navy turning asylum-seeker boat around

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David Wroe Australia's turning back of at least one asylum-seeker boat to Indonesia has sparked political anger in Jakarta, with senior politicians warning it could further damage the already fraught...

Nimal's long journey to Australia has an ending at last

Michael Bachelard Sri Lankan refugee Nimal is coming to Australia. This may not seem a newsworthy event, except that, in 2009 and 2010 this man played a leading role in one of the most extraordinary events in the...

Antarctic collision escalates whaling conflict

Yushin Maru Steve Irwin

Andrew Darby Japanese whaling ships launched a mission to break a conservationist hold on their Antarctic hunt on Sunday, almost shaking their key factory ship free.

Customs may cut hundreds of jobs after minister says no to deficit

Australian Customs

Noel Towell Hundreds of Australian Customs officers are facing the sack after the Abbott government refused to give the department permission to run a $30 million budget deficit.

Vomitous and terrifying: the lifeboats used to turn back asylum seekers

Australian customs lifeboat

Michael Bachelard The bulbous orange lifeboat wallowing in the shallows off the coast of Central Java is an unlikely looking weapon - but it's proving highly effective in Australia's military campaign against asylum...