Australia’s Conservative prime minister Tony Abbott won an election last September after campaigning on tough immigration policies, which have been criticised internationally but which polls show remain popular with voters. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA.

Australia will reintroduce a controversial temporary visa system to deal with a huge backlog of asylum seekers, its immigration minister said today, (...)

A handout image released by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship  shows an asylum seeker arriving on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Photograph: EPA/Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

An asylum seeker was killed and scores were injured when a violent protest ended with a breakout from an immigration detention camp run by Aust(...)

Perfect midlands day

If it was a Saturday in the midlands, I’d head first to the market in the old railway warehouse at Sheridan’s cheesemongers outside Kells to pick u(...)