Australian Party Criticizes Govt Deal With Iran

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Would impact 300 Iranian asylum seekers on Manus

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 20, 2015) – The Australian Greens Party says it's concerned at reports that Australia is offering to change official travel warnings to Iran so it can deport Iranians who have failed to be granted asylum.

Almost 300 Iranian asylum seekers are detained on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and 166 on Nauru as part of Australia's policy to process applicants abroad.

Australian media reports say a high-level delegation visited Australia this week to draw up a memorandum of understanding to allow for the return of the Iranians held in detention camps.

In a statement, the party's immigration spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young says it seems the government is prepared to bribe anyone and everyone to get rid of asylum-seekers wherever possible.

She says cutting a deal with Iran in exchange for downgrading an official travel warning for Australian tourists is extraordinary, and that the government needs to be upfront with what the terms of deal are and what safeguards will be put in place.

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