Weekly media wrap - 21 June 2016

A boat carrying 44 Sri Lankan asylum seekers remains marooned off the coast of Indonesia. The boat has now been stranded for over a week. The asylum seekers on board have indicated that they intend to continue their journey to Australia if they are escorted to international waters by the Indonesian navy.

The Channel Nine tabloid television program A Current Affair announced that it had gained exclusive access to the regional processing centre on Nauru. The program is set to air in Australia on 20 June, and access to the broadcast can be found here. Detainees expressed concern that the crew may have filmed them without permission, while Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young described the visit as a "cynical political move on the eve of the election".

Advocates have called for an asylum seeker on Manus Island who is suffering from various psychological disorders and was allegedly sexually assaulted to be brought to Australia for treatment. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection said that it was aware of the case and its contracted healthcare provider was providing appropriate care.

The election campaign continues. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced that a Labor Government would allow journalists to visit and report on offshore immigration detention centres. Citing "operational discipline", the Coalition Government said in response that visas for journalists were a matter for Nauru.

If the major parties' asylum policies matter to you this election, take a look at Asylum Insight's election policies explainer for a clear and concise explanation of where each party stands.