Sonya Sceats, and Australian human rights lawyer and chief executive of charity Freedom from Torture says Britain should not copy Australia’s “morally abominable” offshore asylum system under any circumstances. This, Australian news site SBS reports, after a series of leaks which suggested the UK government was considering ideas based on the approach Australia has taken towards asylum seekers, including processing asylum seekers on Ascension Island – 6,430km from the UK – or turning disused ferries out at sea into processing centres. A leaked document, containing claims the Home Office’s most senior civil servant, permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft, repeatedly refused to deny, also suggested the government launched a secret consultation on building floating walls to block migrants from crossing the English Channel.