Canberra insisted on Monday that a new deterrent policy of locking up refugees on remote Pacific islands was working despite a weekend surge in arrivals and self-harm attempts among detainees.
Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen tells the media in Sydney, on September 14, about asylum-seekers being sent to the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru as part of the government's tough new stance on tackling a record influx of boatpeople. Bowen insisted on Monday that the new deterrent policy was working despite a weekend surge in arrivals and self-harm attempts among detainees.
More than 500 asylum-seekers arrived in Australia on people-smuggling boats at the weekend, taking the total arrivals since the government unveiled its Pacific detention policy in August to some 4,500.
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