Christmas Island

Fears for a 'depopulated' Christmas Island as mine faces closure

Christmas Island could face a major collapse of its economy and population if extensions to a phosphate mine are not granted in the next six months, …

Environment

Who's afraid of the giant African land snail? Perhaps we shouldn't be

The giant African land snail is a poster child of a global epidemic: the threat of invasive species. The snails are native to coastal East Africa, …

Biological Species

Guard ‘smoked meth’ with inmates

A CHRISTMAS Island detention centre guard has reportedly been sacked after laughing and smoking drugs — believed to be ice — with inmates and …

South-east Asia

Common Sense: four things we learned from the Gogglebox-style news show

Ordinary Australians give their opinion on the day’s news and current affairs in a reality TV show we probably didn’t need<p>From the folks behind the watching-regular-people-watching-television smash hit Gogglebox comes another slice of ultra-low-budget content creation. In the new reality series, …

Common Sense

Border Force illegally sent two Australian citizens to Christmas Island

New Zealand-born men released when error was realised in episode reminiscent of Cornelia Rau and Vivian Solon cases<p>Australian Border Force illegally detained two Australian citizens and sent them to Christmas Island in an episode reminiscent of the Cornelia Rau and Vivian Solon cases of more than a …

Immigration

Morning Mail: Two Australians held on Christmas Island

Wednesday: Border Force wrongly detained dual citizens. Plus, North Korea claims to have tested an intercontinental ballistic missile<p>Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Wednesday 5 July.<p>Top stories<p><b>Australian Border Force illegally detained two</b> …

North Korea

Two Australian citizens wrongly sent to immigration detention, department confirms

• <b>Political Insider</b>: Sign up for our newsletter<p>The Immigration Department wrongly sent two Australian citizens to immigration detention, including one …

Peter Dutton

Two Kiwis wrongfully imprisoned by Australian border force

A detention facility on Christmas Island.<p>Two Kiwis were illegally detained by the Australian Border Force earlier this year after a mixup over their …

New Zealand News

Australians detained on Christmas Island ‘by mistake’

The government has admitted two Australian citizens were sent to the detention facility on Christmas Island within recent months by mistake.<p>According …

South-east Asia

Border bungle: two Australian citizens wrongfully sent to immigration detention

The Immigration Department has confirmed it wrongfully detained two dual Australian citizens after they had their original visas cancelled on …

Immigration

Perth records second coldest start to 2017

Perth has recorded its second coldest start to the year, with the temperature dropping to just 3.4C as many made their way to work.<p>The mercury …

Climate Change

How to see the red crab migration on Christmas Island

Christmas Island, an Australian territory, is a small island in the Indian Ocean. Once a year, red crabs — native to the island — begin making their …

South-east Asia

The island where 50 million crabs roam free and refugees are trapped in limbo

Australia to compensate Iranian girl's family for 'negligence' while she was held on Nauru

Girl’s treatment had allegedly resulted in severe mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder<p>The Australian government has settled out of court to pay compensation to the family of a young Iranian girl for “negligence” in her treatment while detained on Nauru.<p>In May 2015 the family of the …

Law

A criminal with Canberra ties is set to be deported after his visa was cancelled

A Bosnian immigrant with a lengthy criminal history and strong ties to Canberra is set to be deported from Christmas Island after his visa was …

South-east Asia

Former child refugees the new face of World Vision's 40 Hour Famine

Farid​ Asghari's​ food ration as he boarded a refugee boat near Jakarta five years ago was a small bottle of water and a handful of dates.<p>On the …

Brisbane

Deported criminal says he'll join a gang and commit more crime on return to NZ

Figures show 30 per cent of convicted deportees reoffend in New Zealand.<p>A Kiwi man who committed "barbaric" violent acts in Australia will be …

New Zealand

Indonesian youths in $103m lawsuit against Australia

A Jakarta court has called on the Australian government to provide more information in response to a $103 million lawsuit launched on behalf of …

South-east Asia

Nauru refugee says he has been waiting 10 months for MRI

An Afghan refugee on Nauru claims he has been waiting 10 months for an MRI, despite complaining about acute headaches and spells of unconsciousness.

South-east Asia

Language woken up

Australians haven’t had the present-day European experience of refugees on our streets. If families were napping outside our houses and walking …

Asylum Seekers

Politicians spar over CAA’s Worst Roads

Election-bound politicians are sparring over how best to fix Nova Scotia’s crumbling roadways after the Canadian Automobile Association released the …

Nova Scotia

Operation Grapple X: How a plucky group of boffins made Britain a nuclear superpower

On the evening of November 8, 1957, over a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean, a scientific test changed the course of British history. At 17.47 GMT, whirring high above Christmas Island in Kiribati, an RAF Valiant – the Vulcan’s higher-altitude big brother – dropped a bomb a hundred times more …

Military History

SpeedCast: Satellite business growing off global military spending increase

SpeedCast is seeing growing government uptake of its satellite communications services thanks to increasing military spending across the US, the UK, …

South-east Asia

Here's What Trump's Wall Would Look Like If It Was Built In Australia

It's a big wall. The biggest wall. An immaculate, beautiful wall.<p>Tap to play GIFTap to play GIF

Australian News

Children are being damaged in detention – Australia's day of reckoning will come

In the tangle of debate about asylum seekers some things are simple. There is no excuse for damaging children in our care<p>It’s been just over three years since I met her for the first time on a frantic visit to Christmas Island. Given just a small window of time by the department of immigration to …

Refugees

Australian politics explainer: the MV Tampa and the transformation of asylum-seeker policy

<i>The Conversation is running a series of explainers on key moments in Australian political history, looking at what happened, its impact then, and its</i> …

Refugees

Millions of Crabs Are Invading Cuba's Streets

The Great Crab Migration of 2017 is underway.<p>Why did the crab cross the road? To get to the Bay of Pigs, apparently. Cuba's roads are currently "carpeted" with red, black, and yellow land crabs on their annual migration to spawn by the sea, according to <i>Reuters</i>.<p>Each year, shortly after the island's …

Cuba

Child asylum seeker wins government payout over Christmas Island detention trauma

Immigration department offers confidential settlement to nine-year-old girl who claims her physical and mental health deteriorated in her 12 months on the island<p>A nine-year-old girl who was held in Christmas Island detention has been awarded a settlement by the immigration department over claims …

Refugees

Iranian child asylum seeker wins payout over detention on Christmas Island

The Federal Government has agreed to pay a confidential settlement to a nine-year-old Iranian asylum seeker over her detention on Christmas …

South-east Asia

Government settles in Christmas Island child detention case

The relieved family of a girl being compensated over her detention on Christmas Island as a five-year-old want to get on with their lives in …

Law