Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has signalled a possible expansion of the so-called Malaysian solution for asylum seekers, despite fierce criticism from within his own party.Read More
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NEARLY 300 asylum-seekers who have arrived since the Gillard government announced its controversial refugee swap with Malaysia look increasingly likely to be processed in Australia, despite a government pledge to deport them to a third country.Read More
As of yesterday, there were 47 children -- including 16 unaccompanied boys and girls -- as well as a single pregnant woman being held in 'atrocious' isolation on Christmas Island as they await deportation to Malaysia.
Alexander Downer has accused Julia Gillard of jeopardising Australia's dealings with Malaysia by dumping the controversial issue of asylum-seekers 'front and centre' in what has been one of Canberra's most difficult regional relationships.