There is no excuse for governments to abandon children and other nationals held without charge in squalid conditions, writes Elaine Pearson.
Hateful language in parliament filters to the street, advocates say, and it can lead to disaffection so deep in some Australians that they choose not to vote at all.
After five years, countless phone calls, online messages and two failed rescue missions, Sydney grandmother Karen Nettleton is reunited with her three surviving grandchildren and two great-grandchildren in a refugee camp in north-east Syria.
The three remaining children of notorious Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf say they had no choice in going to Syria with their parents and they wanted to leave for years.
Before she moved to Australia, Fadhaa Al-Khalidi worked for 13 years as a communication engineer in Iraq. Now she's running a food truck, and she couldn't be happier.
There are fears for a heavily pregnant young Australian woman taken to Syria by her terrorist father and married off when she was 13 years old, as her health is failing amid the squalid conditions of a refugee camp in the country's north.
He won Australia's richest prize for literature, but Behrouz Boochani wasn't there to accept it. He was on Manus Island, more than 2,000 days after he arrived on the foreign land.
Vanessa Rodel, one of the asylum seekers who sheltered American whistle-blower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong in 2013has been granted asylum in Canada with her daughter — but the other five refugees are still waiting for the verdict.
An association with the Royal Family drives demand for a famous Queensland teddy bear, and creates new job opportunities for refugees.
"It's just simple math," said the Prime Minister. But RMIT ABC Fact Check found this Government claim on the medevac legislation to be baseless.