Tony Burke

Fewer boat arrivals thanks to Labor policy, not the Coalition, says former minister

Former immigration minister Tony Burke says any reduction in the number of boat arrivals is because of Labor's hardline regional resettlement policy introduced before the election.

Whaling test for Abbott government

Japanese whaling ship

Andrew Darby A Japanese harpoon ship is said to be approaching Australian waters in the sub-Antarctic, posing a test on whaling for the Abbott government.

Tasmania's old growth forests win heritage protection

In contrast to denser rainforests that are hard to move through, the Tarkine has a tall, cathedrallike canopy that towers over the open spaces below.
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Andrew Darby After decades of conflict, Tasmania's old growth forests have won protection on the World Heritage list.

Same old rabble or game-changer?

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe What does the second coming of Kevin Rudd mean for Tony Abbott and the Coalition?

Asylum seekers allowed to apply for refugee status

Manus Island camp

Michael Gordon, David Wroe, Judith Ireland The Rudd government will begin processing the refugee claims of more than 22,000 asylum seekers who arrived by boat since the resumption of offshore processing last year.

Burke signals review of all asylum seeker policy

Tony Burke

Michael Gordon Any regional response to the dramatic increase in boat arrivals will have to be on a much larger scale than envisaged in the Malaysia people-swap agreement if it is to slow the number of asylum...

Boat people policy under review: Burke

Michael Gordon Any regional response to the dramatic increase in boat arrivals will now have to be on a much larger scale than envisaged in the Malaysia people-swap agreement if it is to slow the number of asylum...

Burke recalls failed plea as 'worst day' of his career

Giles Hardie Immigration Minister Tony Burke has revisited the greatest personal tragedy of his previous stint in his portfolio, when in opposition: failing to save the life of Van Tuong Nguyen.

Labor stalwarts urge ban on national park projects

logging

Tom Arup Senior Labor figures urging Gillard government to protect parks from state-backed grazing and logging.

Greens seek to protect national parks from states

Nicky Phillips and Tom Arup The Greens will introduce legislation to protect national parks from state government-backed grazing and logging in the Senate on Monday.

Conservationists win Tarkine legal battle

'[Tarkine] ranges from wild, windswept beaches through extensive buttongrass plains with stunning vistas to impressive rainforests.'

Andrew Darby Conservationists in Tasmania have won a Federal Court action overthrowing the approval by former environment minister Tony Burke of a controversial mine in the Tarkine region.

Ads warn off smuggler-boat users

Refugee boat.

Mark Kenny Not since the infamous Grim Reaper anti-HIV/AIDS ads of the 1980s has a taxpayer-funded advertising campaign been so full of foreboding and imminent terror.

Rudd slams door on refugees

PNG's Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Kevin Rudd sign up for a new asylum deal

Bianca Hall and Jonathan Swan No asylum seeker who comes by boat will ever be resettled in Australia, under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's dramatic and ''hardline'' rewrite of refugee laws.

New refugee policy is legal, insists Labor

Asylum seekers arrive by boat.

Dan Harrison Attorney–General Mark Dreyfus has declared he is confident that Labor's policy of refusing to accept any asylum seekers who arrive by boat will survive legal challenge.

Shanty camp fears influx

smh news: Rory Callinan refugee story. Scene of an existing refugee camp outside of Port Moresby. The Kitchen. Photo Rory Callinan / 21.07.13

Rory Callinan The toilet is a stinking open pit haunted by malaria mosquitoes. The showers are a couple of old curtains strung up on a wooden platform with a bucket.

Rape and torture inquiries put in jeopardy by island transfers

Refugee family

David Wroe Any investigation by Papua New Guinea authorities into alleged rape and torture cases on Manus Island could prove almost impossible because most asylum seekers have already been moved to Australia.

Guard reveals more rapes of Manus Island detainees

Manus

Rory Callinan Further claims of rapes among Manus Island detainees and disturbing violent incidents including two escapes, a violent protest against the centre doctors and a slashing attack, have been revealed by...

Guard claims rapes, attacks on detainees unpunished

A G4S employee.

Rory Callinan Explosive claims of rapes among detainees and disturbing violent incidents including two escapes, a violent protest against the centre doctors and a slashing attack, have been revealed by a detention...

$3m on blitz so far, and counting

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Heath Aston Rudd government spent nearly $3 million in six days on asylum boats advertising blitz.

Malaria risk for mothers and children

Manus Island

Bianca Hall Infants and pregnant women will be sent to Manus Island, the Department of Immigration has confirmed, despite it being warned eight months ago that pregnant women risked losing their babies, or their...