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.
Heath Aston, Mark Kenny The Indonesian President has made a significant concession to Tony Abbott's demands on asylum seekers in talks in Jakarta, agreeing that Indonesia will need to make direct deals with Australia to...
David Wroe Papua New Guinea has cast doubt on the Abbott government's target of transferring asylum seekers to Manus Island within 48 hours.
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.
Andrew Darby After decades of conflict, Tasmania's old growth forests have won protection on the World Heritage list.
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.
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...
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...
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.
Tom Arup Senior Labor figures urging Gillard government to protect parks from state-backed grazing and logging.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
Heath Aston Rudd government spent nearly $3 million in six days on asylum boats advertising blitz.