Aus La­bor party will op­pose boat-peo­ple ban

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Can­berra: The op­po­si­tion La­bor party in Aus­tralia will op­pose the gov­ern­ment’s bill that blocks boat peo­ple from ever re­turn­ing there. The bill which tar­gets refugees de­tained on Pa­pua New Guinea’s Manus Is­land and Nauru was in­tro­duced to par­lia­ment yes­ter­day. Un­der the pro­posed amend­ment to the Mi­gra­tion Act, asy­lum seek­ers who at­tempted to travel to Aus­tralia by boat af­ter July 2013 would be per­ma­nently banned from ap­ply­ing to en­ter Aus­tralia. The Supreme Court in PNG has ruled the de­ten­tion of refugees is il­le­gal and could or­der about 900 refugees de­tained on Manus Is­land un­der a deal with Aus­tralia be re­turned to that coun­try.

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