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Indonesia changes visa rules to stem Iranian arrivals

Indonesia changes visa rules to stem Iranian arrivals

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:46 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to announce a significant shift in the Australian Government's asylum seeker policies on Friday.

Media reports suggest that other countries will be asked to accept more asylum seekers, as a way of easing the burden on Australia.

And there is growing speculation the new policy will involve not just processing refugees in Papua New Guinea, but re-settling them there.

Helping the Australian Government along, has been the revelation that the government in Jakarta has changed its visa requirements to make it harder for Iranians to travel through Indonesia.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Jim Middleton, host of Australia Network's Newsline program

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