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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.

Royal couple enjoy the best of the 'lucky country'

Sarah Whyte It was a big call from the Manly man. The royals are more popular than professional surfer Kelly Slater.

Australian servicemen accused of rogue conduct

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Noel Towell, Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte Australian soldiers on leave from the army are enlisting as guards at the Manus detention camp in Papua New Guinea amid allegations of drug abuse and thuggish conduct among its newly recruited...

EXCLUSIVE: Gillian Triggs accuses government of pulling strings to deny UN

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Sarah Whyte and Lisa Cox The federal government says it was not involved in a decision to deny a team of UN investigators access to Australian detention facilities on Nauru.

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Union takes issue with public service social media 'dob in' policy

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Noel Towell, Sarah Whyte and Markus Mannheim The federal government does not own the bodies, souls or speech of its public servants, Human Rights Commission head says.

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Manus Island work by Salvation Army a failure, says former worker

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Sarah Whyte The Salvation Army was a poor cultural fit and ill-equipped to manage the difficult situation on the Manus Island detention centre, a former worker has alleged.

Papua New Guinea aims to stop Manus Island inquiry as new legal bid begins

Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte Asylum seekers facing indefinite detention on Manus Island have launched a new legal bid for freedom.

Children neglected on Christmas Island, human rights inquiry finds

Sarah Whyte An inquiry into the treatment of asylum seeker children on Christmas Island detention centre has found children in a state of gross neglect, with little to no access to education.

Coalition sidestepping push for external Sri Lankan human rights inquiry

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Sarah Whyte The Coalition government is continuing to sidestep whether it will support an international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Labor and the Greens backing it.

Reports of Manus Island suicide attempts, worms in bread

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Sarah Whyte There have been three apparent suicide attempts on Manus Island, as detainees continue to protest against poor conditions at the offshore detention centre and the lack of progress in processing their...

Reza Barati murder arrests expected within days

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David Wroe, Sarah Whyte Manus Island police say they are poised to charge several men with the murder of Reza Barati, the asylum seeker killed in a violent confrontation at the island's detention centre.

Climate Council report says 'angry summers' will get worse

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Sarah Whyte Severe heatwaves and sweltering temperatures contributed to another record-breaking ''angry summer'' that will likely get worse, according to a Climate Council report.

Manus Island won't take asylum seekers

Sarah Whyte, Matthew Knott Manus Island will not welcome asylum seekers as permanent settlers, the island's governor has warned, blaming the threat of climate change and rising sea waters.

Bordering on cruelty: asylum seekers in PNG have few rights left

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Sarah Whyte Who is responsible for asylum seekers sent to PNG by the Australian government?

Manus Island guards on job despite suspect behaviour

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe, Ben Butler The new operators of Manus Island detention centre will continue to use local security staff even though they are implicated in last week's deadly clashes with asylum-seekers.

Manus police chief blames Australia for island's chaos

David Wroe Sarah Whyte Manus Island's police chief has blasted the Abbott government's running of the immigration detention camp on the island, suggesting the recent fatal violence could have been avoided.

Suspects in death of man at Manus Island detention centre keep watch over his body

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Rory Callinan, Sarah Whyte The body of an asylum seeker suspected of being killed during a riot on Manus Island is being guarded and monitored by the same security company whose officers are suspects in the man's death.

Manus Island police chief slams Tony Abbott

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David Wroe, Sarah Whyte and Philip Wen Manus Island's police chief has blasted the Abbott government's running of the immigration detention camp on the island, suggesting the recent fatal violence could have been avoided.

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Manus Island violence: interpreter claims detainees attacked by locals, 'There was blood everywhere'

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Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte Papua New Guinea locals employed by security guards at the Manus Island detention centre attacked asylum seekers with machetes, knives and rocks, an interpreter employed by the Australian Immigration...

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Asylum campaign 'horrific'

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Sarah Whyte Human rights activists have slammed the latest campaign by Immigration managed websites as being distasteful and embarrassing to Australia.

Tests reveal supermarket pies not even one-third meat

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Sarah Whyte Meat pies are less than one-third meat, while only half a chicken nugget is chicken flesh, a Fairfax Media investigation has found.