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Julia Gillard said she was determined the Malaysia arrangement would be pursued.Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says her government wants to revive an asylum-seeker swap deal with Malaysia.

She spoke after receiving the backing of her Labor Party caucus for proposed legislative changes to the Migration Act to allow such an arrangement.

Australia's High Court ruled this month that her plan to send 800 asylum-seekers to Malaysia in return for 4,000 processed refugees was unlawful.

The ruling threw the controversial plan to control immigration into disarray.

The plan - dubbed the Malaysia Solution - was supposed to send a tough message to boat people that they would not be processed in Australia.

The court ruled that Malaysia did not offer adequate protection for refugees.

"We are determined to pursue the arrangement we have made with Malaysia," Ms Gillard said.

"But the amendments we will bring to the parliament will be broad amendments which will restore to executive government the ability to make the arrangements that it sees fit for the transfer and processing of asylum seekers in third countries," she said. (BBC)
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  • Ranjith. BG Monday, 12 September 2011 05:49 AM

    Very good move. Must stop human trafficking. All are economy refugees not the actual refugees.
    First send the boat owners life time prison.

    sriya c Monday, 12 September 2011 08:10 AM

    How about the Christopher Columbus ? who went to America by Boat and later other white man followed him , today the real owners of America "Red Indians" are no where to be seen.....
    and Columbus became a Hero...?

    Dammika Monday, 12 September 2011 09:22 AM

    Dear PM you must find a way to assist the real & genuine people who apply. Rather than giving more advantage to refugees. Actual refugee will never be able to try without the proper knowledge of the system & people who try are with some kind of finance assistance and through bogus documents.

    Johann Gunasekara Monday, 12 September 2011 09:44 AM

    The malasian solution like the naru (pacific) one is a typical handball (aussie rules) of Aussie HR responsibilities to refugees. If in the first place these illegal immigrants are sent back to where they sailed from (after entering into a treaty with those countries from where they sail out) it will put a stop to the boats.


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