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Tension Rises Between Australia and Indonesia Over Migrant Patrols

Posted by jaypee 410 days ago Australia
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JAKARTA, Indonesia — An Indonesian government official said Friday that the country would increase maritime security patrols following an admission by Australia of breaching Indonesia’s territorial waters this week during operations to repel boats carrying migrants. The announcement is the latest diplomatic row between the two countries over asyl

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No Asylum Seekers Reach Australian Shores in Weeks

Posted by jacobo 411 days ago Australia
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CANBERRA, Australia — No asylum seeker has reached Australia by boat in more than three weeks, but the army general charged with ending the sea traffic of would-be refugees from Southeast Asia said Wednesday he was not yet prepared to declare victory.

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Australia tightens secrecy over ‘success’ in blocking asylum seekers

Posted by jacobo 411 days ago Australia
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Australia’s government on Wednesday touted its success in deterring asylum seekers from arriving by boat, even as it moved to further restrict access to information about its secretive immigration policies.

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Navy sailors now on 'war footing' to turn back boats

Posted by jaypee 412 days ago Australia
http://www.smh.com.au —

Navy personnel carrying out border protection were quietly stripped of some workplace safety protections and obligations last month in an apparent preparation for dangerous operations such as turning back boats.

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Coalition offers Indonesia extra money to help halt flow of asylum seekers

Posted by jacobo 412 days ago Australia
http://www.theguardian.com —

Australia is offering Indonesia extra money and help to reduce the number of transiting asylum seekers as the Abbott government maintains silence on the widespread belief that it is towing boats back to the Indonesian maritime border.

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Australia restrict access to info about secretive immigration policies

Posted by jacobo 412 days ago Australia
http://www.panarmenian.net —

PanARMENIAN.Net - Australia's government on Wednesday, Jan 15, touted its success in deterring asylum seekers from arriving by boat, even as it moved to further restrict access to information about its secretive immigration policies, Reuters reports.

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Scott Morrison announces closure of four immigration detention centres

Posted by jaypee 412 days ago Australia
http://www.smh.com.au —

The Abbott government has announced the closure of four immigration detention centres.


Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says the closures will save the government at least $88.8 million a year.

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Australia hardens refugee policy, to close mainland centers

Posted by jacobo 413 days ago Australia
http://www.gmanetwork.com —

SYDNEY - Australia will shut four mainland immigration detention centers, the government said on Tuesday, as it pushes ahead with controversial policies to turn back refugee boats and detain asylum seekers in remote centers offshore.

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