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Australian government: Pirates of the Indian Ocean

The Australian government continues to break the law with its actions against asylum seekers.

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The Australian government secretly sent 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to their country [Reuters]

By: Fiona Broom

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/

As Australia’s conservative federal government falls further in opinion polls, it is increasingly willing to eschew international refugee conventions to cling to the one thing that is winning it support – the illegal and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers.

While the Australian government’s treatment of child refugees and its refusal to release details of asylum seeker boat arrivals and block attempts by journalists to investigate detention facilities earn it little praise internationally, at home it is one of the few things winning the government any favour.

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