Tony Burke

Kevin Rudd rewrites history with heroic flourishes

Ben Schneiders Kevin Rudd was always hands on. No detail was too small for his expert gaze ... even secretly editing the history of his government

UNESCO rejects 'feeble' Abbott government bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests

Members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community looking over forests in the Florentine Valley in southern Tasmania.

Andrew Darby World Heritage Committee took just seven minutes to summarily dismiss the Abbott government's bid to wind back protection from Tasmanian forests.

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Brandis holds up Aboriginal arts fraud plan

Maree Clarke

Jane Lee A bipartisan plan to stop indigenous art fraud has stuttered to a halt, with Arts Minister George Brandis failing to meet the federally funded body behind it.

MH370 not in Indian Ocean search zone: ATSB

Malaysia Airlines, Flight MH370

The missing Malaysia Airlines plane is not in the Indian Ocean search zone where acoustic "pings" were detected, search co-ordinators have confirmed.

Budget draws closer but audit reports still shrouded in mystery

Treasurer Joe Hockey is not saying much.

Colin Brinsden The build-up to the federal budget is beginning to look like an Agatha Christie whodunit.

Asylum blow during Abbott trip

Tony Abbott

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...

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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.

PNG refuses to guarantee boat turnaround target of 48 hours

An asylum seeker from Iran.

David Wroe Papua New Guinea has cast doubt on the Abbott government's target of transferring asylum seekers to Manus Island within 48 hours.

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.

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...

Asylum seekers demand money back from smugglers, says Burke

Bianca Hall, David Wroe, Igor O'Neill The political arms race on border protection appears to be having an effect, with signs boat arrivals are tapering off amid claims by the government that asylum seekers are turning against people...

After the riots

wreckage at Nauru

Daniel Flitton Despite the recent violence and the growing tension between locals and asylum seekers, Nauru's government is committed to the cash cow that is the Pacific Solution.

Teen refugees excluded until adulthood

Asylum seekers from Iran and Afghanistan

Natalie O'Brien Teenage refugees joining the so-called queue in Indonesia to apply officially for protection visas, instead of jumping on a boat, say they are being told Australia will not take them until they are...

Families to be sent to Nauru soon

Refugees at the Nauru detention centre.

Bianca Hall Australia will send asylum seeker families to the tiny island nation of Nauru within weeks.

Small steps, no major breakthroughs at refugee conference

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Photo Glenn Campbell

Michael Bachelard The Indonesian President's special conference to stop the flow of refugees has ended with a few small steps towards deterring people smugglers from working in the region, but no major breakthroughs.

PNG policy working despite more boats: Burke

The sinking of the SIEV 358 asylum seeker boat last year.

James Robertson, Judith Ireland Immigration Minister Tony Burke says the government's PNG resettlement policy is working, despite recent boat arrivals including one in which five people are believed to have drowned on Tuesday.

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No entry, wrong way, go back

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Daniel Flitton and Michael Gordon The future for asylum seekers arriving by boat looks bleak no matter who wins government.

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Forgotten: a lonely life lived without hope

NEWS REVIEW: September 5, 2013. Refugee story. Peter Qasim is a Kashmiri who fled to Australia in 1998 and stayed in detention for seven years - our longest serving detainee. Photo by Tony McDonough

Andra Jackson Peter Qasim has been in Australia since 1998, having fled India, he says, after being tortured for standing up to the military.

$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...