Getting Tough on Refugees; Australia Forces in New Laws to Secure Its Borders
Shears, Richard, Daily Mail (London)
Byline: RICHARD SHEARS
AUSTRALIA yesterday rushed through tough anti-immigration laws despite protests from liberals.
The measures dramatically reduce the status of asylum seekers who reach the mainland and remove their right to land on any of Australia's outlying islands.
Members of John Howard's Conservative government and the Labour opposition united to force the measures through.
It will now be lawful for Australia to tell immigrants arriving at its remote Indian Ocean territories of Christmas Island, Ashmore Reef and Cocos Island that they cannot claim refugee status and must return to their last port of call - usually Indonesia.
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Publication information: Article title: Getting Tough on Refugees; Australia Forces in New Laws to Secure Its Borders. Contributors: Shears, Richard - Author. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: September 29, 2001. Page number: 36. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.
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