Aussie PM committed to deterring asylum seekers
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Aussie PM committed to deterring asylum seekers

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Julia Gillard says her thwarted asylum policy would deter people from attempting to reach Australia by boat like those who made a fatal journey this week.

Police in Indonesia say eight people drowned about 30 may be missing from a boat that capsized Tuesday.

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Pic: AP.

Gillard told reporters Thursday that the tragedy “tears at your heart.”

Gillard supports legislation shelved last month that would enable Australia to send 800 new boat arrivals to Malaysia in return for Australia resettling 4,000 registered refugees from Kuala Lumpur.

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