Australian court extends asylum injunction, policy in limbo

August 8, 2011 09:34

CANBERRA - Australia's highest court on Monday extended an injunction stopping the deportation of asylum seekers to Malaysia, leaving Prime Minister Julia Gillard's new border security policy in limbo until late August or September when a final ruling is expected.

Gillard has signed a refugee-swap deal with Malaysia in order to overturn public perceptions her government is soft on the hot-button issue of asylum seekers.

Lawyers representing a group of boatpeople, who were to be the first to deported under the deal, argued in the High Court of Australia that the government did not have the legal power to send the asylum seekers to Malaysia.

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