CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Asylum seekers who attempt to reach Australia by boat should be deported to detention centers in Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and the tiny Pacific atoll of Nauru, a report to Parliament recommended on Monday. The report aims to curb the flow of future boat arrivals and was drawn up by an...
SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescue officials say they have rescued 60 asylum seekers in a troubled boat adrift in heavy seas off of Indonesia’s main island of Java. The head of the local search and rescue agency, Sutrisno, says the 60 people from Iraq and Iran were found Thursday on a wooden boat near Madura...
The Senate upheld a High Court’s decision to scrap an extra-territorial solution to people smuggled by boat into Australia in a dramatic vote, 39 against 29. This is a nail in the coffin of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s benchmark policy to solve human smuggling. It also puts to rest Gillard’s “Malaysian Solution”—a deal that allows Australia to take in 4,000 genuine...
Following the launch of the Community Placement Network (CPN) today, about 5000 asylum seekers will be able to experience a decent life in a homestay program. The 6-week refugee homestay, an initial scheme to ease overcrowded detention centres, is expected to kick off two weeks from now. CPN is designed to accommodate asylum seekers released from...
This year’s Australia Day has seen both old and new issues come under the spotlight, including indigenous culture, asylum-seekers, gay marriage, and climate change. These issues, however, cannot be solely discussed through political means but through the arts. Academy-award winning actor Geoffrey Rush was named the 2012 Australian of the Year in a ceremony at the...
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