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Australia and immigration

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Asylum seekers trying to reach Australia could be housed on Indonesia's uninhabited islands, under a plan being proposed by that country's ministers.

Human rights advocated say the scheme would make those seeking asylum hostages in the country.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno has suggested the idea so the asylum seekers 'don't disturb the public'.

He has suggested Galang Island, Batam, in the country's northwest. The island was used to accommodate 250,000 refugees during the Vietnam War between 1979 and 1996.

The asylum seekers expenses would be covered by the Indonesian government who would work alongside non-governmental organizations - such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

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