Australia court rules out refugee 'swap' with Malaysia
Australia's High Court has ruled that a government plan for a refugee "swap" with Malaysia is unlawful.
Under the deal, Australia would have sent 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia and would have received 4,000 refugees in return over four years.
But the High Court ruled that Malaysia did not offer adequate protection for refugees in law, in what correspondents called a "huge blow" to the government.
Nick Bryant reports from Sydney.
31 Aug 2011
- From the section Asia-Pacific