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Australian leader Kevin Rudd's asylum shift tied to upcoming election
Australian leader Kevin Rudd's asylum shift tied to upcoming election

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s decision to outsource asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea drew scorn from human rights advocates Friday and denunciation from political opponents as an approach that has already failed twice. But the reminders that have poured into Canberra from legal and humanitarian experts that Australia may be shirking its duties under international migration covenants are unlikely to dissuade Rudd from a plan addressed to a different audience: Australian voters distressed by the mounting numbers of immigrants arriving from faraway, war-torn cultures starkly different from their own. Elections must be held in Australia by the end of November, and Rudd, who...

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