I am on the western edge of the United States-Mexico border to understand more about the most publicised and most crossed border in the world. Ben Stubbs visits one of the most notorious borders in the world and reflects on Australia's frontier issues.
For the first time, photographs have leaked out from inside the Nauru immigration detention centre.
Reopened in 2012, the detention centre houses between 500-600 people, mostly of Iranian background, who are attempting to seek asylum in Australia. The centre was most recently in the news following riots
that destroyed much of the facility's infrastructure. Conditions at the center have been criticised
by the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights as "unbearable".
Undercover journalists publish firsthand account of asylum seeker journey to Australia
An undercover journalist has detailed how he and a photographer posed as asylum seekers and took an epic journey from Afghanistan's shady currency markets to Jakarta and on to a flimsy open-decked wooden boat that delivered 57 desperate people to Christmas Island.
Australia in 2013. We have forgotten our origins and our good fortune, we are blind to our own selfishness. In place of memory we cling to a national myth of a generous, welcoming country, a land of new arrivals where everyone gets a fair go; a myth in which vanity fills the emptiness where the truth was forgotten.
-- Julian Burnside writes
on refugee policy and alienation in Australia [more inside]
A Government-convened expert group has suggested that Australia return
to the so-called Pacific Solution
to deal with its asylum-seeker conundrum, and break a political impasse. [more inside]