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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 - 21:15
Australia MPs pass asylum camp bill
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Australian MPs have approved laws allowing offshore processing camps for asylum seekers to be re-established in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

The lower house passed a bill presented to parliament following recommendations from an expert panel.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass in coming days because both the governing Labor Party and the opposition back it.

Labor, under former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, closed the camps in 2008.

The debate on the legislation in the lower house lasted for six hours yesterday and continued untill today.

Only two MPs  an independent and one from the Australian Greens party  voted against the bill.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, speaking before the vote, said it was important that the bill pass.

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