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New Australian law will send asylum seekers to Nauru or Manus

New Australian law will send asylum seekers to Nauru or Manus

Updated 16 May 2013, 22:08 AEST

The Australian Government can now send all asylum seekers who arrive by boat to offshore processing centres.

The Parliament has passed a bill to excise the entire Australian mainland from the migration zone.

Until now, asylum seekers who made it to the mainland had extra legal rights, and couldn't be sent to Nauru or Papua New Guinea.

Correspondent: Karen Barlow

Speakers: Michaelia Cash, Coalition Senator; Sarah Hanson Young, Greens Senator; Matt Thistlethwaite, Labor Senator; Kate Lundy, Labor Senator; Christine Milne, Greens leader

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