HuffPost Australia closed in 2021 and this site is maintained as an online archive. If you have questions or concerns, please check our FAQ or contact

asylum seeker policy

New footage of detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island reveal the conditions asylum seekers are living in as whistleblowers
It was the Q&A question which left Labor and Liberal ministers butting heads as they split hairs over "offshore detention
People in vulnerable situations need sanctuary, and governments that proclaim adherence to liberal and democratic values ought to provide it. Clearly conditions in Nauru and Manus fail to do this.
If Immigration Minister Peter Dutton decides to send asylum seekers back to the Nauru detention facility, despite the growing reports of traumatic conditions there, he risks creating a perception that Australia relies on inhumane conditions as part of its deterrence strategy. And relying on such measures may appear tantamount to condoning them.
A number of doctors have said plainly that detention on Nauru constituted child abuse. No-one familiar with the basics of the system could disagree. Turnbull had a choice: he could deliberately, knowingly send children to a situation amounting to child abuse, or he could begin to recast Australia's shameful refugee detention system.