Australian authorities alongside an asylum boat
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Australia opposition's asylum plan

Australia's opposition leader has outlined tough new immigration and asylum proposals, three weeks ahead of the country's general election.

Australia's opposition leader has outlined tough new immigration and asylum proposals, three weeks ahead of the country's general election.

Tony Abbott has said some 30,000 asylum seekers already in Australia will be limited to temporary visas and required to work for welfare benefits.

He has previously said he wants to introduce a military commander to lead operations against people smugglers and asylum boats.

Jon Donnison reports from Sydney.