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Sarah Whyte

Sarah Whyte is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau, covering immigration, customs and the High Court. Previously, Sarah was the consumer affairs reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Government calls on family and friends to seek return of teenagers in Iraq and Syria

Natalie O'Brien and Sarah Whyte The Australian government has called on the families and friends of young people who might have joined foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq to convince them to come home, as one 16-year-old has already...

New Zealand Manus Island guard said he 'did what I had to do' during riot

New Zealand guard Anton Piek.

Tony Wall, Sarah Whyte A New Zealand guard accused of brutalising asylum seekers during a riot at  Manus Island detention centre has described how he feared for his life and "did what I had to do" to restore...

Children freed as Morrison plans to push for TPVs

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison
will holds a media conference in Sydney.
Photo: Wolter Peeters
25th July 2014
The Sydney Morning Herald

Sarah Whyte, Ben Doherty, Lisa Cox Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is trying again to restore temporary protection visas after announcing 150 children would be removed from immigration detention centres and placed on bridging...

Sick asylum seekers treated via video conferencing

Cautiously welcomed  teleconferencing: AMA spokesman Richard Kidd.

Sarah Whyte Sick asylum seekers on Christmas Island say they are being offered videoconference appointments with specialists on the Australian mainland, after damning evidence showed the deplorable state of...

Cambodian deal to resettle asylum seekers imminent

Julie Bishop.

Ben Doherty and Sarah Whyte A controversial deal to allow Australia to send refugees to Cambodia is imminent and could be signed as early as this week, sources have told Fairfax Media.

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Doctors want child detainee audit

Drawing from a child in detention.

Sarah Whyte Australia's largest medical bodies have demanded the Abbott government allow an independent group of doctors to investigate claims of mistreatment and abuse of children being held in immigration...

Calls for inquiry on child detainees

Drawings from children in detention. Must credit the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Sarah Whyte Top medical bodies have demanded the Abbott government allow an independent group of doctors to investigate claims of mistreatment and abuse of children held in immigration detention.

Morrison accused of 'state sanctioned child abuse'

Sarah Whyte A group of Catholic and Christian church leaders have accused the Abbott government of ''state sanctioned child abuse'' in the immigration detention system, and called for Immigration Minister Scott...

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Boats: the backdown

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Sarah Whyte The Abbott government's claim to have ''stopped the boats'' has unravelled, as 157 asylum seekers who have been held on the high seas for almost a month will be brought to the mainland on Saturday.

Christmas Island asylum seekers attempt poisoning

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Sarah Whyte Harrowing eyewitness accounts from the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission and a team of medical experts say there is a mental health crisis on Christmas Island, confirming multiple...

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Boat people will not be sent to Sri Lanka

Refugee boat caught up in the people trade. Story Michael Duffy. Photo Supplied. SHD News

Sarah Whyte A boatload of 153 asylum seekers who are being detained on the high seas would not be transferred to Sri Lanka, lawyers for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said during a directions hearing on...

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.

Fight climate change by building away from sea: Rupert Murdoch

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Sarah Whyte News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch has dubbed Prime Minister Tony Abbott an admirable, honest and principled man, and said Australians should not be building windmills and ''all that rubbish''.

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Asylum seeker attempts suicide after being returned to Christmas Island

Australian customs officials and navy personnel escort asylum-seekers onto Christmas Island August 21, 2013.

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon A woman who is in hospital on Christmas Island after attempting suicide was returned to the offshore detention centre against the advice of mental health professionals after being transferred for...

Asylum seekers' plea: Let Australians adopt our children

drawing by one of the pregnant women on Christmas Island who asked whether her baby could be adopted to an Australian family, as she was so distraught about the baby growing up in detention.
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Sarah Whyte Pregnant asylum seeker women on Christmas Island pleaded with medical experts to adopt their children out to Australian families four months ago, as they became anxious about their future.

Health workers tell of pregnant asylum seekers' desperate adoption pleas

A drawing by an expectant woman on Christmas Island.

Sarah Whyte Pregnant asylum seekers on Christmas Island pleaded with medical experts four months ago to put their children up for adoption by Australian families as the women became increasingly anxious about...

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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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.

Tamils fear fate of asylum seekers in Sri Lanka

This photograph released by the Sri Lankan military May 15, 2009.

Sarah Whyte The Tamil community is concerned the two boatloads of asylum seekers intercepted at sea could face torture if they are sent back to Sri Lanka.

Commission slams transfer at sea as clear rights breach

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Sarah Whyte, David Wroe, Jason Koutsoukis The United Nations has expressed ''profound concern'' over reports that Australia was poised to hand Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to the country's navy on Thursday after only the briefest refugee...

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