Australia’s Senate rejected a bill backed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard to process a tide of asylum seekers, dealing a new blow to the minority government leader unable to break a political stalemate over the refugees.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s bid for legislation against people smuggling before a six-week parliamentary hiatus looks set to fail amid reports of a third boat carrying refugees in distress in a week.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will try to push legislation against people smuggling through the upper house today after a boat carrying asylum seekers fleeing to her nation sank in Indonesian waters.
A boat carrying asylum seekers fleeing to Australia capsized in Indonesian waters, triggering a bid by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to rush legislation against people smuggling through parliament.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said 123 people have been rescued after a boat carrying suspected asylum seekers capsized in Indonesian waters and called on parliament to legislate against people smuggling.
About 90 asylum seekers are still missing in Indonesian waters after their boat sank in at least the fourth fatal such incident since 2010, with Australian authorities saying no more survivors have been found today.
A boat carrying people suspected of seeking asylum in Australia capsized in heavy seas close to Christmas Island, killing several passengers. Customs officials have pulled 27 bodies from the water, Sky News said.