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Australian government defends its actions on Nauru judiciary

Australian government defends its actions on Nauru judiciary

Updated 14 March 2014, 7:17 AEDT

The Australian government says it's made it clear to Nauru that it regards respect for the rule of law as a priority.

Since the start of the judicial crisis Australia and New Zealand have been criticised for not taking a stronger position. New Zealand funds a large percentage of Nauru's judicial activities, and Australia is its biggest aid donor, and since the reopening of the asylum seeker detention and processing centre there, the provider of a major part of its economy, if not all of it. But while both countries have said they are worried about what's happened, they have pulled up short of criticising the actions of the Nauru government. Speaking on Sky News Australia's parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Brett Mason, was caution when asked about the resignation of Justice Eames.

Presenter: Sky News

Australia's parliamentary secretary for Foreign Affairs Brett Mason

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