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Friday, 17 August 2012 - 13:19
Australia passes law to send boatpeople offshore
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Australia's parliament has passed a law allowing it to transfer asylum-seekers arriving by boat to other countries, despite objections that refugees could be held indefinitely in remote camps.

The Senate, parliament's upper house, passed the legislation late yesterday after months of political wrangling, enabling the government to send boatpeople to Papua New Guinea and tiny Nauru to have their refugee claims processed.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard's administration has struggled to cope with a record influx of boatpeople this year, many originally from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran and Iraq.

Our news team contacted Sri Lankan high commissioner to Australia Admiral Thisara Samarasingha regarding the new law.

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