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Australian PM likens people-smuggling crackdown to war

Posted by jacobo 223 days ago Australia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com —

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Friday likened the fight against people-smugglers to war, while defending the detention centres asylum-seekers are held in as effective and humanely run.

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Military chiefs in bid to defuse boat turn-back row

Posted by jacobo 225 days ago Australia
http://www.smh.com.au —

The head of Indonesia's military said he had reached a private agreement with the Chief of the Australian Defence Force to accept turned-backs boats as a way of defusing the diplomatic row over the policy.

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Asylum policy: 'No comment'

Posted by jacobo 225 days ago Australia
http://www.bbc.co.uk —

The promise to end the flow of asylum seekers trying to reach Australia's shores was a key campaign pledge of Tony Abbott's conservative coalition, which eventually ended up in power.

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Australia PM Tony Abbott defends asylum policy 'closed book'

Posted by jacobo 225 days ago Australia
http://www.bbc.co.uk —

Officials have in recent days refused to comment on reports that Australian naval forces have turned back at least one boat to Indonesia.

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Immigration Minister Scott Morrison quiet on media visa hike for Nauru

Posted by jaypee 226 days ago Australia
http://www.news.com.au —

IMMIGRATION Minister Scott Morrison refused to comment on reports Nauru was jacking up visa fees for the media from $200 to $8000, in a move that would dramatically cut coverage of conditions on the island.

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Australia 'forces' asylum seeker boat back to Indonesia

Posted by jaypee 226 days ago Australia
http://www.smh.com.au —

Australia has turned back at least one asylum-seeker boat to Indonesia, believed to be the first time the Abbott government has fulfilled its tough border protection pledge, in a move that has the potential to increase tensions between the two countries.




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Foreign ministry calls for better use of visa program

Posted by jacobo 234 days ago Australia
http://www.taipeitimes.com —

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has urged Taiwanese to make proper use of working holiday programs.

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Sex workers go to Australia under working holiday cover

Posted by jacobo 234 days ago Australia
http://www.chinapost.com.tw —

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- It was recently reported in the media that some local prostitutes traveled to Australia as backpackers under the working holiday program to engage in the sex industry.

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