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Australia's Government says Nauru's judicial crisis not linked to asylum seeker issues

Australia's Government says Nauru's judicial crisis not linked to asylum seeker issues

Updated 20 January 2014, 18:09 AEST

Australia's Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, says he does not believe Nauru's judicial crisis is in any way linked to asylum seeker issues.

The Minister says the sacking and deportation of the Resident Magistrate and the cancelling of the Chief Justice's visa appear to be an internal Nauruan matter.

However, Mr Morrison says he is concerned about what it will mean for the cases of asylum seekers charged with rioting and he has asked Australia's High Commission in Nauru to find out more.

The Greens say the rule of law has collapsed on Nauru and Australia should stop sending asylum seekers there.

Presenter: Canberra correspondent, Karen Barlow

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