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‘Everyone asks about Novak’ but Mehdi has languished for nine years in Australian immigration detention
The Iranian was 15 when he arrived by boat in Australia seeking sanctuary. Despite formal recognition as a refugee he hasn’t been free since – he turned 24 on Friday

Ben Doherty

07, Jan, 2022 @12:31 AM

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Brisbane company worth just $8 when awarded $385m Nauru offshore processing contract
Since 2017 the contract – originally for $385m – has been amended seven times without competitive tender

Ben Doherty and Ben Butler

25, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Albania angrily denies it would process asylum seekers for UK
PM Edi Rama says he will ‘never receive refugees for richer countries’ after Raab said UK was exploring plans

Matthew Weaver and Rajeev Syal

18, Nov, 2021 @5:13 PM

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Cost of Australia holding each refugee on Nauru balloons to $4.3m a year
Exclusive: Taxpayer cost of offshore processing regime revealed as government remains silent on where $400m went

Ben Doherty and Nick Evershed

06, Nov, 2021 @7:00 PM

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‘Time can break your heart’: the harsh toll of eight years in Australian immigration detention
Cousins Adnan and Mehdi were children when they arrived seeking sanctuary. They describe the despair of their ongoing confinement, seeing some friends freed and others die

Ben Doherty

31, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Court orders mute asylum seeker detained in Australia be released into community or moved to Nauru
Prolonged detention in Australia was contributing to poor mental health and it was clear man preferred liberty in Nauru, judge said

Ben Doherty

17, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Race to the bottom: the disastrous, blindfolded rush to mine the deep sea
One of the largest mining operations ever seen on Earth aims to despoil an ocean we are only barely beginning to understand

Jonathan Watts, global environment editor

27, Sep, 2021 @10:59 AM

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Australia signs deal with Nauru to keep asylum seeker detention centre open indefinitely
Deal creates ‘enduring form’ of offshore processing, sparking criticism from refugees previously detained there

Ben Doherty

24, Sep, 2021 @10:11 AM

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Is deep-sea mining a cure for the climate crisis or a curse?
Sea-floor nodules could fight global heating, but mining them may damage ocean ecology

Robin McKie

29, Aug, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The Tampa affair, 20 years on: the ship that capsized Australia’s refugee policy
When a Norwegian freighter rescued 433 asylum seekers from a sinking vessel en route to Christmas Island, it sparked a crisis that led to hardline border policies and indelibly shifted the response to boat arrivals

Ben Doherty

21, Aug, 2021 @8:00 PM

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After eight years in Australian detention, the only refugee family held in Darwin centre remains in legal limbo
Held in small cabins behind the airport, Hajar Maghames says her family has ‘no resources left to withstand the oppressive situation’

Saba Vasefi

11, Aug, 2021 @5:03 AM

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For eight years, Australia has been taking refugees as hostages. It’s time to ask: who has benefited? | Behrouz Boochani
The government needs our bodies for political power, while the detention industry needs us to fuel its money-making torture machine. But what has Australia truly gained?

Behrouz Boochani

21, Jul, 2021 @2:14 AM

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