Monday, September 23, 2013

Operation: Breach Indonesian Sovereignty

With Tony Abbott's new foreign policy stances on immigration in full swing, the Coalition government is getting heaps of criticism from the UNHCR to, most recently, the Indonesian government.

Indonesian MP, Tantowi Yahya, stated in an interview with Lateline his concerns over Abott's policies interfering with Indonesian sovereignty. The policy dubbed, "Operation Sovereign Borders," mentions that if boats carrying asylum seekers are found coming from Indonesia, Australian authorities will "turn the boats around" to their port of origin; forcing the Indonesian government to deal with the immigrants themselves.

I foresee potential damages to Australia-Indonesia relationships if this policy is carried out accordingly...

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