The Federal Court has seized on the use of English language tests by immigration authorities as potentially unfair.
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People smugglers have attempted to take 85 Sri Lankan asylum seekers on a long voyage from Indonesia to New Zealand, and possibly Canada, in a sign the Gillard government's message that Australia has shut its door to boat arrivals is taking hold.
The Gillard government is breaching international law by refusing to process more than 400 asylum seekers who are being held in detention on Christmas Island until they can be sent to a third country, the United Nations refugee agency has warned.Read More
Unscrupulous swindlers are taking advantage of the 'enormous excitement' generated by the Australia-Malaysia refugee swap deal to sell false guarantees of resettlement places in Australia, warns a senior UN official.Read More