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Focus shifts to asylum backlog (The Australian)

26 May 20140 comments

THE Coalition will introduce legislation aimed at fast-tracking the refugee claims of asylumseekers in Australia in a bid to clear the backlog of almost 25,000 boat arrivals in legal limbo.

As the first refugee decisions are issued to detainees on Nauru and with the people-smuggling trade grinding to a standstill, the Abbott government is preparing for the next stage of its asylumseeker policy, with new legislation expected to hit the parliament within months.

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