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Asylum seeker policy to dominate Australian parliament

Asylum seeker policy to dominate Australian parliament

Updated 26 November 2012, 9:57 AEST

Australia's MPs and Senators are heading into the final sitting week of parliament and it's expected to be a bruising one.

The government will bring in its legislation on education reforms and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

But if last week is any guide, it'll be refugee policy that will drive both sides hammering each other in the wake of calls last week by opposition leader Tony Abbott for Australia's refugee intake to be reduced.

Independent MP Tony Windsor says the recent asylum seeker debate has been shameful and he predicts a sad week in politics. Mr Bourke has told the ABC that the one promising solution - the strategy recommended by former defence chief Angus Houston - is failing everyone.

Presenter: Emily Bourke

Speaker: Tony Windsor, Independent MP, Australia

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