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Boat deaths focus on Australia's asylum seeker policy

Boat deaths focus on Australia's asylum seeker policy

Updated 22 February 2013, 10:07 AEDT

The Australian government is on the backfoot again over its asylum seeker policy, following reports that almost a hundred suspected asylum seekers perished on a boat journey to Australia.

That tragedy came as the Australian Navy rescued another group of asylum seekers, after their boat capsized on Wednesday.

The incidents have reignited debate over the government's policies to stop people from embarking on such perilous journeys.

The government is also under pressure to deal with unrest at its offshore immigration processing centres in the Pacific.

Presenter: Girish Sawlani

Speakers: Brendan O'Connor, Australian Immigration Minister; Scott Morrison, Australian Opposition Immigration spokesman

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