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Greens slam Howard government's harsh new anti-Papuan immigration laws
As predicted by Greens leader Bob Brown on Sunday, West Papuans landing on Australian shores will be excluded from applying for refugee or asylum seeker status.
"The move by Prime Minister Howard is to
appease Jakarta," Senator
"This breaches international law and will bring international condemnation. It is clearly racist," Senator Brown said.
"Acting in accord with Jakarta the Howard government is effectively placing 2 million Papuans under house arrest."
"The Greens will oppose these laws in
the Senate with great vigour,"
Senator Brown added.
Senator Brown will hold a press conference in Hobart later this morning.