Detention costs sap Coalition's credibility

The federal government’s pitch for re-election relies heavily on the claim it is superior at finance and economics – that it unfailingly manages taxpayers’ money responsibly. Yet in the past six years it has presided over some of the most egregious wasting of public funds in Australia’s history.

The Brisbane hotels where offshore detainees are kept under guard

"The placement of a detainee in an APOD is undertaken by completing a rigorous risk assessment which ensures the safety and security of detainees and others," the statement read.

"Detainees are only accommodated in an APOD where they are deemed not to pose a threat to the community. Appropriate monitoring and security arrangements are in place. This may include security officers."

Tampa 2.0? Scott Morrison cannot run the 2001 election campaign John Howard did: Phillipa McGuinness

The existential – and actual – threat in 2001 was terrorism. We argued about the Kyoto protocol then, but now climate change is what panics us. Now it is harder to merge the issues of national security with asylum seekers, which may be why the home affairs minister Peter Dutton appears to channel Donald Trump at his most base when he suggests some offshore detainees may be rapists and paedophiles.

The sounds of Speechless, where words are superfluous

Leaked briefing reveals Defence warning on state of Australian Border Force

It is understood half the Border Force's fleet of eight Cape Class patrol boats are currently docked for maintenance. Two are at shipbuilder Austal's Henderson facility, one is tied up at Darwin and another at Cairns. It is not clear however whether the maintenance is holding them up or they simply cannot be crewed.

The Last Kids To Leave Nauru Were Greeted At The Airport By Australians Living In America

Ansoul and Fenton were there as volunteers with Ads-Up (Aussie Diaspora Steps Up), a group of Australians living in the US who help refugees resettling from Nauru and Manus. The family was also met by caseworkers from a refugee resettlement agency, as well as some distant friends.

Ads-Up cofounder Ben Winsor told BuzzFeed News initial assistance from resettlement agencies can vary wildly. There is generally a period of rent support and help applying for ID cards. Some will provide grocery items, try to find refugees a job — while others will hand over some cash and say good luck.

“They get that three months of support, by that time they’re expected to find a job, everything ends and they’re on their own. So we try to jump in and help,” he said.