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Why Australia has a duty of care to asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru

The Australian government has long argued that it doesn’t have a duty of care to refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, because they’re held off Australia’s shores.  And yet there are situations where this happens all the time: Australia maintains a duty of care to diplomats and soldiers abroad, even though they are also ‘offshore’. Many people ask us how …

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‘Crisis point’: New York Times reports on children’s mental health on Nauru

A seventh child will be brought to Australia from Nauru for medical care, following legal pressure. The National Justice Project represented the girl at a federal court hearing on Wednesday. She is one of a number of refugee children with worsening mental health issues, who are seeking medical treatment in Australia. George Newhouse, principal lawyer for the National Justice Project, …