04 Sep '11, 1am

Australia to drop PNG immigration deal

SYDNEY: Australia said Sunday its plans to send asylum seekers for processing in the Pacific appeared untenable due to a court ruling against a similar deal with Malaysia, deepening woes for the prime minister. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said the government's lawyers had reviewed last week's High Court judgment against the so-called Malaysia solution and advised that it threw the entire offshore processing system into question. In particular, Bowen said the solicitor-general, Stephen Gageler, had expressed "no confidence" in plans to send asylum-seekers arriving by boat to either Papua New Guinea or Nauru, as being contemplated by the government. "The solicitor-general's advice confirms the significant doubts over whether or not the government and immigration minister could make a valid declaration for either Papua New Guinea or Nauru," Bowen said. Canberra's plan to...

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