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Stories for Friday, 5 February 2016
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Pressure mounts on government over asylum policy   
Produced by Steven Riggall

The government is under increasing pressure this week over its asylum seeker policy, after Wednesday's High Court ruling and this morning's leak of a cabinet document arguing for more stringent monitoring of refugees. Labor Shadow Immigration Minister Richard Marles has criticised the document leak saying it could take Australia back to a "dark past" in its immigration policy. It comes as churches across the country have offered to provide 'sanctuary' to the 260 people including 37 babies now under threat of deportation to Nauru.

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UN panel finds Assange faced "arbitrary detention"   
Produced by Steven Riggall

A UN Panel has decided Julian Assange's three-and-a-half year stay in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London amounts to arbitrary detention prompting his lawyers and supporters to call for the extradition warrant against him to be dropped. The Wikileaks founder has been holed up in the cramped office after the Swedish Government brought a warrant for questioning in a rape case. Mr Assange and supporters have maintained the extradition is unecessary and have grave concerns he will be extradited to the United States and charged for his role in leaking secret US government documents.

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So where's the referendum?   
Produced by Eduardo Jordan

In December 2015, legislation passed to extend politicians' time in office in Queensland as long as a referendum passed with voters. The referendum is to be held during local government elections in March. Six weeks before the elections, and no information about the referendum is available. Queensland Greens believe this will bring more cost to the taxpayers and a lot of confusion amongst Queensland voters.

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Mental health survey reveals positive and negative experiences   
Produced by Steven Riggall

We often hear about the problems faced by people with mental illness in workplace, but until now haven't had figures to judge them. But now researchers from the university of melbourne have given us some. Over 1300 participants were surveyed and the results perhaps aren't as bad you may think.

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